But he doesn't plan on thinking too long. Ryan told reporters after Saturday's game that he will make a decision on the starting position Sunday but will not announce it publicly.
Manuel could have woken up Sunday morning as the surprise favorite in this QB competition if not for another promising effort by Taylor. Taylor was greeted with cheers from the Ralph Wilson Stadium faithful as he entered the game in the second quarter and did nothing to shake his favorite status, immediately leading the Bills on an 80-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 1-yard scoring run by Ricky Seale. Taylor went 7 of 8 for 78 yards on an 11-play march that covered five minutes.
Taylor began the second half with another long drive, this time covering 78 yards and capped by a 20-yard touchdown scramble by the quarterback. That's all Ryan needed to see. The coach put Manuel back in the game for two full series before Matt Simms finished the day. Bills passers finished the day 30 of 33 for 395 yards and three touchdowns.