The Buffalo Bills swung a trade for quarterback Matt Cassel earlier this off-season, hoping he could be the game manager their passing game badly needs. Early reports suggest that may be a stretch. In fact, per beat writer Mike Rodak, Cassel might not even make the team.
There weren’t thoughts of Cassel suddenly turning into a franchise passer at age 33, but after seeing a pedestrian Kyle Orton (now retired) almost guide these Bills to the playoffs a year ago, new head coach Rex Ryan figured all he needed was a competent passer under center to take Buffalo to the next level. That might very well be the case, but after a shaky showing at Buffalo’s OTAs, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Cassel is the man for the job.
If Cassel can’t improve in training camp and preseason play, the job could easily go to former starter E.J. Manuel or former Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Manuel remains a raw passer with questionable decision-making, while Taylor is an interesting talent who has been untested behind Joe Flacco for much of his career. Going with either of those options would be a risk for a Bills team that looks to have the running game and defense to compete for a championship.
The hardest part for the Bills is they have the receiving corps to be a dangerous offense. Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Robert Woods and Charles Clay make up a very strong cast of weapons, but the Bills still don’t have that quarterback to lead this group into the fray.
Regardless of who wins, fantasy football owners shouldn’t show too much interest. Manuel represents the most upside and Taylor could be a sneaky sleeper, but this is still a team that figures to run much more than they pass.