The narrative about the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation is no different now than it has been at any other point in the offseason.
EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and apparently even Jeff Tuel are competing for the No. 1 spot.
And, despite speculation to the contrary, Manuel's roster spot hasn't become any less secure than it was when the offseason began, according to Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
"Speculation's the key word there," Roman told reporters Tuesday at One Bills Drive when asked about a report that said Manuel could be released in training camp if he failed to show sufficient progress. "I don't remember ever saying that and that's the furthest thing from the truth. I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job.
"There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from. But the answer is, no, he's doing a good job."
That said, Roman insisted that so far through voluntary workouts, none of the Bills' four quarterbacks has separated himself from the others.
He also made a point of shooting down the widely held notion that only Manuel and Cassel were battling for the starting job, while Taylor and Tuel were fighting it out for a reserve spot.
"Honestly, it's anybody's job to take," Roman said. "Anybody."
Then, pointing to Buffalo News staffer Jay Skurski, he said, "I mean, if you were the best player, I'd sign you and you'd win the competition."
That prompted laughter, but Roman added, "I'm serious. The balls are out there, the opportunity's presented, and whoever wins it, wins it."
Coach Rex Ryan said that the competition began at the very start of the offseason, meaning that everything the quarterbacks have done to date has factored into determining who will be No. 1.
On that basis, Roman was asked if there is anyone he considers to be the leader.
"I think it's too early to say because we haven't gotten on the field with the defense, except for that first minicamp which was purely exploratory on our part," he said. "We wanted to see where guys are at and now, let's get our hands on them and see where we can hopefully take them."
"Once we get through OTAs," which begin May 26, "I'll probably have an opinion. But I'm going to keep that under my vest," Roman said. "But I don't know. We'll see. I mean, literally, we're trying to get guys ready for the OTAs so they can put their best foot forward."