Bills QB Cassel believes his best years are still ahead

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Cassel's confidence remains unshaken in his bid to establish himself as an NFL starter.

At 33, and on his third team in four years, Cassel believes his best years are still ahead of him.

The 10-year veteran is getting that opportunity in Buffalo, which acquired him an offseason trade with Minnesota. Cassel has since gradually inched ahead in a three-way quarterback competition involving EJ Manual and Tyrod Taylor.

Though coach Rex Ryan insists he's not close to making a determination, Cassel has taken the majority of snaps with the first-string offense through the first two weeks of training camp. And he'll start in Buffalo's preseason opener against Carolina on Friday. It will be his first game since breaking his left foot in Week 3 last season.

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