Rex Ryan holding open QB competition in Buffalo


Who will be the Buffalo Bills’ starting QB in Week 1? Nobody knows.

Despite trading for Matt Cassel and having former first-round pick EJ Manuel on the roster, Bills head coach Rex Ryan will hold an open competition for the starting QB job.

“It’s going to be open. It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there,” Ryan told WGR-AM in Buffalo. “We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. He’s done some pretty good things in this league. He’s got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart. With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.”

A dark horse in the race is Tyrod Taylor.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league. He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at. Then (Jeff) Tuel. We’ve got guys there to work with. That’ll be the important thing. There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job. It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”

Somebody will be starting in Week 1, but right now, it’s anyone’s guess.

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