PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- In their second of three practices this week in preparation for Friday's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers, the Buffalo Bills settled into a rhythm with their quarterback snaps, with Matt Cassel taking the majority of first-team reps and Tyrod Taylor almost exclusively running the second-team offense.
In 28 first-team snaps in 11-on-11 periods Monday, Cassel was the quarterback for 24 snaps, EJ Manuel was under center for three snaps and Taylor took one snap. Cassel also ran the first team in an end-of-game, burn-the-clock scenario at the end of practice.
Taylor ran the second team for 7 snaps in 11-on-11 periods, while Manuel took five snaps with that group. Taylor ran the second team in the end-of-game situation.
Manuel otherwise took snaps with the third team and ran with the third group in the burn-the-clock period.
Cassel will start Friday's preseason game. When Ryan was asked Tuesday if Taylor would be the second quarterback to enter the game, he responded, "Yeah, we'll probably put him as the second guy. You guys want to? We'll put him second."
Ryan did say that the quarterback rotation would continue into next week's preseason trip to Cleveland.
"I think we're gonna look at it over at least a two-game stretch, so I think that'll be where they're more balanced, probably," Ryan said. "But each guy will get a shot.
Cassel completed 7 of 9 passes in Tuesday's practice and then successfully ran a bootleg for a first down on 3rd-and-5 to end the end-of-game drill.
Taylor went 5-for-6 passing in practice, throwing a touchdown to Robert Woods over cornerback Ronald Darby in an 11-on-11 red zone drill. Taylor's end-of-game drill ended when center Alex Kupper's snap sailed high and was recovered by the defense.
Manuel went 3-for-5 in 11-on-11 periods and was nearly intercepted by Darby when he ran the second-team offense against the first-team defense. Manuel's third-team group successfully gained a first down in the end-of-game drill on three consecutive Bronson Hill runs.