Bills head coach Rex Ryan named Tyrod Taylor his starting QB, but he would not reveal who his number two and number three quarterbacks are on the depth chart. Naturally EJ Manuel wasn’t happy about not winning the starting job, but he took the decision in stride.
“It was tough,” said Manuel. “I thought I had a pretty good preseason and played well in the games, but like I said last week it was the coach’s decision so all I can do is continue to work hard be a good teammate for this team.”
Manuel was nothing but professional in answering reporters’ questions in the locker room Monday afternoon. Manuel had a solid preseason completing almost 67 percent of his passes. He led the team in touchdown passes with four including a pair that were over 35 yards (37, 51). Matt Simms was the only other QB with a TD pass in the preseason. He also led the quarterbacks in yards per attempt with a fat mark of 11.9.
When asked about supporting Tyrod Taylor in his starting role, Manuel did not hesitate.
“One hundred percent,” said Manuel. “As a professional athlete you’ve got to be a man about it. And if you weren’t chosen it’s not the end of the road for you. Who knows what can happen? For me I’ll just continue to get better. I felt like with this competition going into this preseason and everything I felt like I worked extremely hard as I always do, but definitely excited with the way I was progressing and still am. I’m not going to allow not being selected as the starter to stop me from continuing to work and get better, so that’s just my approach right now.”
Tags: EJ Manuel, QB competition, Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor
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