Despite a perception that the quarterback competition in Buffalo is a two-man race between Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor is getting every opportunity to win the job.
Taylor, who spent the last four years as Joe Flacco’s backup in Baltimore before signing with Buffalo this year, says the coaches have told him that he’s very much in the mix, and have proven that by giving him the same number of first-team reps as Cassel and Manuel.
“The coaches have done a good job of splitting reps, and getting us all equal reps, getting us an equal opportunity to work with the ones, twos and threes. All of us have worked with each group an equal amount of time. That’s all I can ask for,” Taylor said.
A 2011 sixth-round pick of the Ravens, Taylor started 42 games in four years at Virginia Tech but has never started an NFL game. He would seem an unlikely choice to be named a starter in Buffalo, but he says he’s right in the mix with Cassel and Manuel.
“We’re out there pushing each other and we look to get better each and every day and that’s all the coaches are asking for right now,” Taylor said.
The Bills are a team with talent all over the field, but an enormous question mark at quarterback. Perhaps Taylor can be the answer to Buffalo’s biggest question.