ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s never too early to start focusing on the Bills’ three-headed quarterback battle, with the team opening OTA’s this week.
Today’s session was the first practice open to the media. All four QB’s split reps, as Rex Ryan ran two offensive groups to cycle more players through.
“You saw today two drills going at once. It might be hard to follow, but the reps are so much different set up this way,” said Ryan.
“I think it’s great for all of us,” said Matt Cassel. “Sometimes when you have one group, you sit there a lot of times and you’re watching, you have to get the mental reps.”
The majority of the competition won’t take place until later in the summer in training camp, but the next few weeks will provide the foundation.
“Right now, you’re not going to make a decision on who your starting quarterback is in the OTA’s. Now, you may have an idea who it may end up being, but this is just kind of leading up, getting guys ready for training camp,” said Ryan.
The quarterbacks, though, aren’t taking these practices lightly.
“Game on,” said EJ Manuel. “Competition, I feel like it started when we first got back.”
“I know what I’m capable of,” said Tyrod Taylor. “It’s my job to prove to the coaches… impress them each and every day.”
The Bills have three weeks of Organized Team Activities – all voluntary sessions – before a mandatory mini-camp to wrap up this part of the offseason. Only offensive lineman Chris Williams and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin were not on-hand today. Goodwin has had trouble making it out of Texas because of the flooding.