Matt Cassel said last weekend was the wildest of his career.
The situation caught him off guard, but he says he ended up in the place where he was supposed to be. It was a place he needed to be for reasons that go beyond football.
“My wife is eight months pregnant. While football is something I do for a living, (My family is) number one in my life,” Cassel said. “Obviously, there were opportunities to go other places and everything like that. But at the same time, when you look at the situation and the hard work that went in throughout this entire offseason, I felt like this was the best place to be.”
Rex Ryan said Cassel would be the 2nd quaterback behind Tyrod Taylor, but ahead of EJ Manuel.
“As I have said from day one we like all three of the guys and we never want to lose anybody,” Ryan said.
There’s harmony in the quarterback room, even after the three-way training camp battle to win the starting job.
It’s a factor in why the Bills brought Cassel back after cutting him on Saturday.
“They push each other, yet they are there for each other, they watch tape together,” Ryan said. “It is really a unique deal.”
“I think you have three character guys,” Manuel said. “At the end of the day, we all want to play. Coach made the decision and went with Tyrod. I’m happy for him and I’m sure Matt is too.”
“When somebody else is playing the position, hopefully, you’re in support of that guy because the job’s hard enough as it is,” Cassel said. “To have people working against you within your own building, that’s a bad environment. I’ve been around that before.
“This is a great situation to be a quarterback in. I think we’ve got a great room with guys that have great character and a great attitude toward it.”
Manuel said he was disappointed with the demotion to number three, but seemed at peace with the situation.
“I did what I had to do,” Manuel said. “I had a good preseason. It is what it is.”