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6 days ago

The Bills announced Thursday that QB EJ Manuel will start Saturday's exhibition game against the Steelers. HC Rex Ryan reportedly said Manuel has "earned the shot," but he also said Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel would see 1st-team snaps as well. This competition's probably not over, but we'd still bet on Taylor emerging as the Week 1 starter -- barring a strong finish to the preseason by Manuel. Of course, if you're in the position of having to bet on the Bills QB, then it might be time to re-evaluate.

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Bills HC Rex Ryan isn't planning on revealing his starting QB until just prior to the team's Week 1 game against the Colts.  "I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy," Ryan said. "Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.'  We may know. But why would we say any different? The quarterbacks that we're talking about, they're all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that's smart on our part."  Can't argue with Ryan's logic there.  And none of the Bills QBs should be a major part of your fantasy draft plans anyway.  The smart money is on Tyrod Taylor winning the job, but he's only worth considering as a 3rd QB in best-ball leagues.

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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was efficient if not spectacular in Thursday night's preseason game.  Playing the entire 1st half with the starting offense, he completed 7 of 10 passes for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs.  Taylor added 41 yards on 4 carries, including a 21-yard gain on a read-option play.  It's that rushing ability that could make this guy a sneaky fantasy option.  If Thursday night's game was an audition for the starting job as we've heard it was, Taylor is now the favorite to be Buffalo's Week 1 starter.

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Bills HC Rex Ryan said after Friday night's game that QB Tyrod Taylor will start the 2nd exhibition against the Browns. Ryan said all 3 of his QBs played at a high level against the Panthers. Taylor delivered 47 rushing yards to go with 5-of-8 passing for 49 yards. He followed Matt Cassel in the game and led 2 TD drives. EJ Manuel threw the Bills' only TD pass. This still looks like a wide-open battle.

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3 weeks ago

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne believes the Bills' starting QB job is Matt Cassel's "to lose."  Cassel has reportedly strung together a couple of days of solid practices -- something he, Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel had previously been unable to do.  Cassel was always the favorite to win this job because of his experience, but he still needs to avoid a disastrous preseason to be under center come Week 1.  That's certainly not a given.  Continue to stay far away from Bills QBs in fantasy football drafts.

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1 month ago

A group of 35 NFL coaches and executives didn't have anything good to say about Bills QBs Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel.  Cassel "is not accurate, has a long motion, a big over-stride, a flat ball and he just looked like he has regressed," an offensive coach said.  Most of the group couldn't believe Buffalo signed Cassel to be a potential starter this season.  The word on Manuel wasn't any better.  "Manuel has no instincts after the ball is snapped," a personnel director said. "He's a great kid, has some talent. But he could not decipher or make quick decisions in college, and I do not see him doing it now."  The underwhelming top of the depth chart is why QB Tyrod Taylor has a chance to start for the Bills.  But he completed just 52.7% of his college passes and has attempted just 35 throws as a pro.  Buffalo's giant question mark at QB is a major concern for the team's pass catchers -- especially WR Sammy Watkins.

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