ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After Tyrod Taylor led Buffalo Bills quarterbacks with a sharp practice Tuesday, all three potential starting quarterbacks for the team struggled during Wednesday's minicamp practice.
The Bills did not have obvious first- and second-team reps in Wednesday's 11-on-11 drills. Instead, the first- and second-team offensive line was combined with different sets of receivers, running backs and quarterbacks. Taylor received the first reps of the 11-on-11 drill, followed by Matt Cassel and then EJ Manuel.
None of the top three quarterbacks completed a pass during the initial 11-on-11 drill of practice. Taylor had both his passes broken up -- first by linebacker Manny Lawson and later by cornerback Ross Cockrell over receiver Andre Davis. Cassel's first three dropbacks resulted in a defensive pass interference penalty against safety Corey Graham, a holding call against offensive tackle William Campbell, and a drop by Marquise Goodwin on a well-placed deep ball.
Manuel's three dropbacks in the first 11-on-11 set ended in a sack by linebacker Preston Brown, a drop by receiver Deonte Thompson and an interception by cornerback Mario Butler, who jumped an outside route by receiver Caleb Holley.
"I thought [there were] a few drops here, a few protection issues," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "There were some good plays, some bad plays. Very similar to yesterday. We didn't throw the ball downfield that much today as we did yesterday though."
In the second 11-on-11 period, which had a focus on short-yardage plays, Taylor completed dump-off passes to LeSean McCoy and tight end MarQueis Gray. Cassel was 0 of 3, with his first pass broken up by cornerback Rod Sweeting, his second pass overthrown to tight end Chris Gragg and his final pass thrown behind McCoy over the middle.
The three quarterbacks were a perfect 11 of 11 in the 7-on-7 period, when there is no pass rush or offensive line.