The start of training camp practices ignites position battles.
With quarterback being the most vital job in all of sports, signal-caller battles remain the most intriguing. Two heated up Saturday in Buffalo and Houston.
Manuel and Cassel split first team reps and went a combined 1-for-8 during one period of 11-on-11 drills, per ESPN's Mike Rodak. Yuk.
Cassel and Taylor took first-team reps on Friday. With Manuel and Cassel taking them Saturday, we assume the Taylor-Manuel combo will be next in the rotation.
At this stage, it looks like the shaky Bills quarterback battle could come down to the wire before the regular season starts.
The prevailing assumption among beat writers is that Hoyer will eventually be named the starter.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien declined to say Saturday whether he has a better sense of who will win the job or when he would like to make such an announcement.
In the end it will come down to whether O'Brien is comfortable with the steadier, but physically limited Hoyer or the upside of the bigger-armed Mallett.
Some other nuggets from Saturday's training camps:
- Marc Trestman insists he won't change the Ravens' offensive philosophy to match his pass-happy tendencies.
Some quick injury updates:
- Jets rookie receiver Devin Smith will miss 4-6 weeks with broken ribs and a punctured lung, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports. Since Jets fans flew a banner taunting the Patriots over Foxborough, Gang Green's former Defensive Rookie of the Year got charged with going 140 mph and their second round pick landed in the hospital. No bueno.
- HBO sent out a teaser of an Andrea Kremer interview with Rex Ryan. A summary of the video below from Around The NFL's Conor Orr read: "Rex cried, and some other stuff."