There was some roster juggling to get here, but Buffalo's quarterback contingent is set. The Bills re-signed veteran QB Matt Cassel Tuesday and once again have the three quarterbacks that battled for the starting job all on the 53-man roster.
Prior to Tuesday's practice head coach Rex Ryan also confirmed that Cassel will serve as the team's backup quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor.
"We said all along we like our three quarterbacks, which is obvious," said Ryan. "For your depth chart purposes Matt will be two, EJ [Manuel] will be three. As I have said from day one we like all three of the guys and we never want to lose anybody obviously."
Cassel's experience was clearly coveted by the offensive staff, but for Ryan the way the three quarterbacks effectively worked together, even during the quarterback competition, was a big part of brinning Cassel back as well.
"What was important to me is the entire room. Those three guys, I mean they work in concert with each other that is important I think," Ryan said. "They push each other, yet they are there for each other, they watch tape together. It is really a unique deal because sometimes when you get competition, especially three guys going, sometimes it is not always like that. But here it is kind of a unique deal."
Cassel completed better than 83 percent of his passes in the preseason going 13-15 for 83 yards with a passer rating of 89.7.
Ryan indicated all along that he wanted to carry three quarterbacks on the active roster for the regular season.
"All three of them played pretty darn good," said Ryan last week.