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Matt Cassel: Bills indicating they'll keep three quarterbacks

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Even though the Buffalo Bills still have two roster moves to make before Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline to trim their roster to 53 players, quarterback Matt Cassel said Friday afternoon that the Bills have indicated that they'll keep three quarterbacks.

"I don’t know if they want to go into depth about what the conversation was about, who’s going to be No. 2 or No. 3," he said. "But every indication was made that we’re probably gonna keep three quarterbacks, and that’s all I can go off of right now."

Cassel and fellow quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel were all on the practice field Friday afternoon after the Bills made 18 roster cuts, including fourth-string quarterback Matt Simms.

Speaking before practice, coach Rex Ryan was vague about his plans for the final three roster moves -- and if he would carry Cassel on his 53-man roster.

"I’m not gonna get into anything that we’re gonna do, specifically with the rest of our guys for strategic purposes or anything else," Ryan said. "So we’ll see what happens going forward."

Asked if the Bills were involved in trade talks involving either Cassel or Manuel, Ryan responded, "You really think I’m gonna get into that? I think you know the answer to that."

Cassel, who saw the majority of first-team reps in training camp but played in only four series this preseason, reacted publicly for the first time since Taylor was named the Bills' starter Monday.

"It's neither here nor there," he said of his limited preseason playing time. "You know what? We went through the entire offseason, we competed and at the end of the day, I did the best I could with the reps that I got. And they made a decision to go in a different direction."