Rex: 'We'll know' starting QB after Saturday

Rex Ryan said the Buffalo Bills will know who their starting quarterback will be after the team's third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ryan also mentioned that he may not share that information publicly.

The Buffalo Bills are the only team that hasn’t announced their starting quarterback for the regular season. It appears Buffalo will make that decision sooner rather than later. In an interview with Dean Blundell and Co. on SportsNet 590 The Fan in Toronto, head coach Rex Ryan said that a decision will most likely be made after the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers.

"We might not announce it, but we'll know who it is by then," Ryan said.

"It's really been a situation that you wanted as a coach and that's all three guys playing well," Ryan said. "They're going to make the decision really tough for us. All three of them are doing an outstanding and you could make an argument for all three guys and who could be the started."

Here’s a look at how all three quarterbacks have fared through two preseason games. It’s important to note that Cassel was kept out of the second game to get an extended look at Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel.

Tyrod Taylor

12/18, 114 yards, 10 carries, 88 yards

EJ Manuel

13/22, 188, 2 TD, 4 carries, 13 yards

Matt Cassel

7/8, 45 yards


Ryan has said that Manuel is still in the quarterback competition, but he’s been placed with the third team offense in both preseason games. Manuel also saw extended time with the scout team at Buffalo’s final training camp practice on Tuesday. All three quarterbacks could see time with the first team offense, but if Manuel is the third quarterback on the field Saturday, he’s most likely out of the starting quarterback competition.

Based on Ryan’s comments there is a lot riding on Saturday’s game for Taylor, Cassel and Manuel.

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