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Matt Cassel says his foot 'feels great,' expects to compete for starting job

Matt Cassel is ready to make a run at the starting quarterback job with the Buffalo Bills.

Cassel said Wednesday during his introductory news conference with the Western New York media that the foot injury that ended is 2014 season "feels great."

"I've been doing everything that I can," he said. "I've been dropping back and throwing and everything else, so my foot does feel great."

The Bills apparently feel the same way.

"We had to pass him on the physical," General Manager Doug Whaley said. "That was one of the conditions of the trade, so ..."

A report in The Buffalo News from Tim Graham on Tuesday stated that Cassel had initially failed his physical with the Bills, but the team noted the risk and then passed him.

"He had an injury last year, so we just brought him in," Whaley said. "With any player with past injury history, we're going to do as much due diligence as possible. Have complete faith in our medical team headed by Les Bisson. So he puts the stamp of approval, I'm not a doctor, I got with what he says."

So Cassel is here, ready to battle EJ Manuel in training camp for the Bills' starting job.

"I think I’ve been in this league long enough to know that you’ve got to compete in everything that you do," Cassel said. "You have to earn every opportunity you get, so I know there’s going to be competition. I know that EJ’s here, and he’s a young, talented player. I expect that there’s going to be a competition. Again, you have to go out and earn your opportunity to play in this league."

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