"I'm excited about this team," Ryan said after the Bills' final minicamp practice. "Obviously a lot of things have to happen, and we're a month or so away, but I told our players today to 'win July.' We won the offseason. I would challenge any team. I think we've won the offseason."
Ryan noted that he's "been on a lot of teams," and when asked if he thought the Bills have won the offseason relative to other teams, Ryan responded, "I do. And that's one I shouldn't say because they're going to kill me anyway, but we're on vacation. Nobody is going to read it anyway.
"But I do [think we've won the offseason]. Again, I don't know about these other teams -- I'm sure they've had some great camps, too -- but I've been really impressed with this group."
Specifically, Ryan said Thursday that he would give quarterback Tyrod Taylor an "A-plus" for his performance in organized team activities and minicamp. The Bills' second-year coach was also impressed with his players' dedication in the weight room and on the practice field.
"We do things where you get points for how you perform [in the weight room] and all that," Ryan said Thursday. "It wasn't even close, from this season compared to last season. I thought we had a good offseason [last year] but not like this. It's so much different. We competed so well against each other. Even in those type of little things, the challenges that we have. I just feel great about it."
The Bills begin vacation Friday before reporting to training camp at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, for their first practice July 30.