Tyrod Taylor sharp for Bills while splitting reps with Matt Cassel

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was sharp in Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, completing 12 of 14 passes while splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

Taylor completed all three passes in a 7-on-7 drill in the red zone, including touchdown strikes to running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Tobais Palmer in the back of the end zone. Taylor went 2-of-4 in the initial 11-on-11 period, then 4-for-4 in a 7-on-7 period, and 3-for-3 in a final 11-on-11 set.

"I felt good out there," Taylor said after practice. "I think I handled the offense well as a unit. I think there are some things that I could do better. I think there are some things we could do better as a team, but it's the first day of minicamp and I thought we did a good job."

Cassel's performance was more of a mixed bag. He hit receiver Marquise Goodwin for a touchdown over cornerback Ross Cockrell in the first 11-on-11 period and later found tight end MarQueis Gray for a touchdown over linebacker Jimmy Gaines. However, he had a handful of poor misfires, overthrowing Percy Harvin in the first 11-on-11 period, overthrowing tight end Clay Burton in the 7-on-7 period and badly missing Palmer in the red zone drill.

"The thing I really like most is when there was a mistake made by the secondary, we took advantage of it offensively," coach Rex Ryan said. "Now unfortunately, the defense took advantage of the mistakes that the offense made."

EJ Manuel took reps with the second and third teams as the Bills continue to rotate their quarterbacks in practice. Manuel went 3-for-4 in the final 11-on-11 period, with his best throw coming against blitz pressure when Manuel hit Marcus Easley in stride down the left sideline over cornerback Ron Brooks and safety Bacarri Rambo.

On the next play, Manuel threw behind receiver Chris Hogan down the seam, with the pass careening off trailing safety Kenny Ladler and into Hogan's hands for an improbable catch.

Fourth-string quarterback Matt Simms went 0-for-3 in the 7-on-7 period, with each of his passes thrown late and broken up by a defender. Simms completed both his passes in the final 11-on-11 period.