QB Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills
|6-1, 217||Born: 8-3-1989||College: Virginia Tech||Drafted: Round 6|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Taylor had an excellent streamer day against the 49ers, but that doesn't put him in an exclusive club. Still, his running ability and almost adequate passing make him an attractive option again this week against the Miami defense. Taylor also has a Week 8 matchup against New England that could force him to play from behind and rack up stats. He's a good streamer for the time being.
Week 7: at Miami Dolphins
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tyrod Taylor and company poured 45 points onto the 49ers' defense last weekend, and Taylor accounted for 12 of them with 17/26 for 179 yards passing, two TDs thrown and zero interceptions handed over (three sacks taken for zero yards lost). He also added 8/68/0 as the Bills trampled the 49ers for 312 yards on the ground. Charles Clay (seven targets for 5/52/0 receiving) and Robert Woods (six for 5/44/1) were the top targets last week, but Justin Hunter also got into the end zone with two targets for 1/30/1 receiving. The Bills are winning games with a modest passing attack. The Dolphins upset the Steelers 30-15 last week, holding Ben Roethlisberger and company to 19/35 for 169 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -20 yards. This after Miami allowed 20/29 for 163 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks generated to Marcus Mariota two games ago. The Dolphins' secondary elevated their game in Week Six. To date, the team averages 236.7 net passing yards allowed per game (13th in the NFL), with nine passing scores handed over vs. three interceptions and 12 sacks generated to date (in the middle of the league in both latter categories). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Miami has averaged 20.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-most in the NFL); and 25.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (12th-most); with 6.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-least). Any way you slice it, this is a middle-of-the-road, average pass defense entering Week Seven. This is a neutral matchup between divisional rivals.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs SF (17 / 26 / 179 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 68 / 0 rush)
Tyrod Taylor had a better passing game than he has had in the past few weeks. He rolled out of the pocket only when necessary and threw some decent middle-distance strikes. There wasn't much success in the deep ball game but being hit while throwing will do that. Taylor's best throw of the night was his perfect ball on the Justin Hunter TD strike. The Bills' offense has started to run more and more read-option plays and it suits Taylor's skill set. He was able to freeze the defenders twice with one of them turning into a TD. This is the Taylor that the Bills want to see every week.
2016 Week 5 vs LA (12 / 23 / 124 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
Tyrod Taylor was not an effective pocket passer against the Rams. A large portion of his throws were inaccurate with at least one sure TD wiped away because of an overthrown pass. Separately, there was an opportunity for his receiver to get yards after the catch in the redzone but Taylor's poor throw required the receiver to adjust and get tackled immediately after the reception. It wasn't all bad; the game sealing TD had Taylor standing tall and taking a hard hit to fit the ball into a tight window. But the big advantage of Taylor has always been in his legs. Taylor was continuously able to run effectively for big gains. Not many defenders can be so easily juked by a QB. A pump fake by Taylor made a defender completely jump in the air and gave Taylor an open field to work with. But Taylor's greatest play involved a redzone snap. Taylor couldn't find a receiver open with his progression so he tucked the ball and tried to run. When he didn't see a hole in the line, he rolled out to the left. This rolling out action caused two defenders sitting in the endzone to run toward the line of scrimmage and Taylor popped the ball over everyone to the waiting open WR. It was a great play very few QBs could effectively pull off. Astoundingly, there was one shotgun snap where Taylor lined up behind the guard and not the center. When the ball was snapped, it went into open space and Taylor had to recover what was essentially a fumble.
2016 Week 4 vs NE (27 / 39 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 28 / 0 rush)
Tyrod Taylor played decently enough to win with his defense shutting out the Patriots. However, in a more competitive game, his effort would not have been good enough. Taylor continues to have a poor season in terms of accuracy. A large amount of middle and long distance throws were simply off the mark. Taylor also has been having issues with staying in the pocket so far this year. There were quite a few instances of phantom pressure or not resetting after getting away from defenders. When Taylor does reset his feet, lots of yardage is the result. If he can reestablish himself as a passer after scrambling, the big play potential is enormous. In an effort to take more advantage of Taylor's feet, the new OC has started using read option plays. It makes sense given Taylor's skill set but the lack of a strong WR threatening the back of the defense does dull the effect. If the read option can start providing good returns, it may make Taylor more comfortable in other ways as well.
2016 Week 3 vs ARI (14 / 25 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 9 / 76 / 1 rush)
In a game without his star receiver and a new OC, Tyrod Taylor mostly kept the ball on the ground with his own legs and handoffs to LeSean McCoy. For the first time this season, Taylor looked comfortable tucking the ball and running for the holes. This is Taylor's strength and he was able to do great work on the ground; both his 49 yard run and his 20 yard TD run were examples of what he brings to the table. The passing game was less of a success. He displayed more comfort in the pocket than he did last week but he did not have any great players to throw it to. Taylor's accuracy also continues to be an issue; quite a few passes went off of receivers outstretched fingertips. Getting Sammy Watkins back should help his stat line in this respect.
2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (18 / 30 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
Tyrod Taylor's second pass of the game was an absolute beauty. It was a drop in the bucket for a streaking WR that resulted in an early touchdown. He was throwing downfield much more often than he did in the first game against the Ravens and he had success because of it. He did suffer from some accuracy issues occasionally but for the most part he was able to get the ball where it needed to go. Surprisingly, this was a game where Taylor did not navigate the pocket as well as he has in the past. Multiple times he felt the ghosts of pressure and ran out of a clean pocket too early. Only one scramble turned to a good gain on the ground, most resulted either in a sack or a poor pass. Taylor was not a terrible pocket passer in this game but he does still need to find the perfect proportion of knowing when to stay and when to leave. It will be interesting to see how the new OC asks him to play.
2016 Week 1 vs BAL (15 / 22 / 111 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)
Tyrod Taylor is great at escaping sacks. This is a conclusion that everyone has to come to when they watch Taylor play. But on days when Taylor doesn't make plays with his legs past the line of scrimmage, on days when Taylor doesn't take shots downfield, Taylor looks like an ordinary and mediocre QB. The Bills' offense featured a lot of checkdowns in the beginning of the game and the tempo did not really rise as the game went on. After being given the opportunity to play free last year, it looks like Taylor is being too controlled. He has talent and the potential to turn any game into an exciting one but did not show it in the first game of the 2016 season.
Latest NewsBills | Tyrod Taylor accounts for two TDs (Sun Oct 23, 07:39 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor completed 14 of his 28 pass attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins. He also ran seven times for a team-high 35 yards and a touchdown. Our View: Taylor has been living on long bombs and his legs in fantasy leagues. He'll be a great streamer play trying to play catch up with Tom Brady next week.
link to story Bills | Tyrod Taylor has solid game (Sun Oct 16, 05:12 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor went 17-for-26 for 179 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6. He also rushed for 68 yards on eight carries during the game. Our View: Basically, everything works against the 49ers defense. Look for Doug Martin and Jameis Winston to get right against them next week. Taylor remains a boom/bust streaming QB option, with some boom in his profile against a Dolphins defense that looked bad until the Steelers imploded in Miami this week.
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