ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan said it's finally time to select the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback.
And the decision won't be an easy one.
"This is the ideal situation we had talked about. This is exactly what I wanted. And all three guys played to their abilities," Ryan said, upon announcing he intends to spend Sunday having a lengthy discussion with his staff to determine whether Manuel, Tyrod Taylor or Matt Cassel will be the team's season-opening starter. "The decision will be made and we'll move forward."
Ryan wouldn't say when he intends to announce his decision, and wouldn't provide any hint on which way he's leaning.
All he would reveal is that fourth-string quarterback Matt Simms will start Thursday in Buffalo's preseason finale at Detroit.
In five-plus series, Manuel went 7 of 8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns, a 67-yarder to tight end Charles Clay and a 37-yarder to Tobias Palmer.
"I don't know, we'll see," the Bills' 2013 first-round draft pick said, when asked if he felt he's done enough. "It's coach's decision. But I know I played well."
Taylor went 12 of 13 for 122 yards and scored on a 20-yard run. Cassel went 6 of 7 for 38 yards in just two series for Buffalo (2-1).
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