Williams, who was previously thought to be the starting strong safety favorite following the offseason departure of Da'Norris Searcy, looks to have some new competition in Corey Graham, as Graham appears likely to be switched from cornerback to safety, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan of Graham, “You want to get your best 11 on the field. This provides him an opportunity. He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things. So let’s see what we have out there. This is no slam on Duke (Williams), or (Bacarri) Rambo, or (Jonathan) Meeks or any of those guys. This is us doing what’s best for the team. If that means Corey, we feel good about him playing safety, that’s where he will be.”
Both Manuel and Matt Cassel took snaps with the starting offense at Tuesday's organized team activities, The Buffalo News reports. Coach Rex Ryan did have some nice things to say about Manuel: "The thing that stands out to me, it appears that EJ is getting a pretty good grasp of this system. He’s believing in what he’s seeing and he’s letting it rip ... know what you’re seeing, believe in it, be right and pull the trigger. Let it fly. And I think that’s what we’re trying to do with all of these quarterbacks. It seems like it was pretty sharp.”
Bills running back coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Jackson's workload cut roughly in half this season, The Buffalo News reports. Said Lynn, "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season. If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you’re going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson.”
Brown has been absent from the Bills' voluntary workouts, apparently due to a personal issue, the Buffalo News reports. Said running backs coach Anthony Lynn, "Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason, but yes, it will set him back. I mean, he's five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once he gets here, it's going to be hard to slow down and catch him up. That's one of my biggest concerns, but, you know, he's got the playbook. Hopefully he's taking care of his business and hopefully he'll come in in great shape and we'll see what happens."
Taylor continues to get reps with the first unit during offseason work, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "Three guys for sure will be getting shots with the ones. We've been doing it each day. Let's say the first offense is running out there and it’s Matt Cassel the first day, then it's EJ [Manuel], then it's Tyrod. All three are getting opportunities to lead and to be with that first group...Tyrod is getting as many shots with the ones as the other two."
While Graham has been playing cornerback at spring practices, the Bills haven't ruled him out of the safety spot, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "It’s something that we will definitely consider.
You try to get your best 11 players on the field and I think Corey is a tremendous player. It wouldn’t surprise me if he has the talent to do that.”
The Bills did not draft another quarterback, nor have they brought another one in after signing a handful of undrafted free agents Monday. That leaves the main competition for the starting job between Cassel (foot) and EJ Manuel, with Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel seemingly looking like longer shots to compete.
The Bills did not draft another quarterback, nor have they brought another one in after signing a handful of undrafted free agents Monday. That leaves the main competition for the starting job between Manuel and Matt Cassel, with Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel seemingly looking like longer shots to compete.