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QB Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 217Born: 8-3-1989College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 6

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17 vs NYJ 75 18 28 182 0 0 10 51 1 0 19.2

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2015 Week 17 vs NYJ (18 / 28 / 182 / 0 / 0 pass, 10 / 51 / 1 rush)

Taylor started off the game not with a bang, but a whimper. His first pass was a short throw into the dirt. His second hit the receiver in the hands and fell harmlessly. His third was overthrown and would have been intercepted if Chris Hogan had not committed an offensive pass interference penalty. The first series was his worst but Taylor still did not play great over the course of the game. Taylor put decent balls in the vicinity of Sammy Watkins and Watkins was able to grab them through his own ability. Admittedly, having your best WR tangled up with Revis is not going to help your day but it was much more of the "Sammy Watkins passing attack" than the "Tyrod Taylor passing attack". As Taylor does, he won this game with his feet. The Jets' defense keep breaking the Bills' offensive line and Taylor salvaged most of those plays with his escape ability. Most critically, on a third and 3 he scrambled for an 18-yard TD. The Taylor of the end of the season was much closer to preseason expectations than the Taylor that initially showed up. He is an extremely quick and savvy runner, he can throw pretty deep balls occasionally, and he doesn't tend to make very stupid mistakes. On a team with no QB talent behind him, Taylor is the undisputed best option and would probably be so compared to the free agent market as well. But a QB falling in the draft could make Buffalo stop for a moment and think.

2015 Week 16 vs DAL (13 / 18 / 179 / 0 / 1 pass, 14 / 67 / 0 rush)

Taylor's play has shifted back to the heavy running focus that he showed at the beginning of the season. Against the Cowboys, he had 14 runs compared to the 18 passes he attempted. On the move, Taylor converted multiple first downs both through buying himself enough time to complete passes and through full scrambles entirely on the ground. Driving in the end of the second quarter, Taylor was able to run through a sure sack and hit an open Sammy Watkins for a big gain on third and 14. On the last third down in the game, Taylor's fake handoff and subsequent run confused both the Dallas Cowboys defense and the NFL's cameraman as Taylor passed the invisible line and sealed the game. Taylor's problems seemed to be primarily mental mistakes. While scrambling, Taylor stiff-armed a would-be tackler but grabbed the defender by the facemask and was flagged for it. On third and 1 with only a few seconds left in the first half, Taylor threw a toss-up to the corner of the endzone where the defender was in better position and made the play. If there were no receivers available, Taylor should have just thrown the ball away and proceeded to have the Bills kick a chip-shot field goal. As it was, the Bills entered halftime up 9-6 instead of 12-6.

2015 Week 15 vs WAS (16 / 27 / 235 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 79 / 0 rush)

Taylor had his most rushing yards of the season against the Redskins. He was a strong runner, converting first downs with relative ease. At Washington's 6-yard line, Taylor kept the ball on a designed run instead of passing and it was a Taylor run that scored the Bills' lone two-point conversion. When it was a scramble instead of a designed run, Taylor kept his eyes upfield and would try to direct his receivers for a last-second completion. Taylor wasn't quite as potent a runner as he was in the beginning of the season but, considering the existence of tape on his playstyle, this showing was almost as impressive. The passing game was what one has come to expect of Taylor; he hit a few pretty deep throws but overthrew some more. However, with no one to throw to except for Sammy Watkins and the need for a max protect passing game just to prevent sacks, the lack of sustained success can be expected. In the end, the bombs to Sammy Watkins over triple coverage were not enough to secure the win.

2015 Week 14 vs PHI (19 / 36 / 268 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 53 / 0 rush)

Taylor had his best scrambling game since the very beginning of the season. Almost every time he decided that it was necessary to get upfield with the ball, he chunked the Eagles for good gains. The Eagles seemed to give Taylor the space on those runs in order to prevent his deep balls. When passing deep, it looked like Taylor's targets were always covered by a safety. Some great touch throws, including Watkins' TD, were as much as you could ask from a QB. Even Taylor's tendency to sail the ball on his receivers was not as evident today. The problem was the aforementioned safety coverage. Even with fine passes from Taylor, the Eagles' defense was good enough to prevent completions. And on the Bills last play of the game, Taylor was not able to step into the throw because of the pocket collapsing and the sailed ball went right into the safety's hands.

2015 Week 13 vs HOU (11 / 21 / 211 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 28 / 1 rush)

Despite a horrid completion percentage, Taylor was directly connected to all four Bills' TDs against the Texans. None of his three passing TDs required great throws but performing the routine well is a necessary aspect of good QB play. Taylor's passing ability was better shown in his manipulation of the pocket and the throwing of deep completions that moved the Bills down the field. He was not without mistakes however. Late in the game Taylor started playing more loose with his throws and had two balls almost intercepted. Taylor's main virtue as a QB has been protecting the ball. But at some point he will stop getting lucky and his interception numbers will increase accordingly. Taylor has become more of a pocket passer as the season has gone on but he seems to be getting his legs back. The second TD of the day for the Bills had Taylor rolling left, outrunning a linebacker to the edge, shaking off the attempted push out-of-bounds, and diving for the pylon past another defender. That play exemplifies what the Bills hope Taylor can be, a QB who can make the throws but can also turn on the jets when he needs to.

2015 Week 12 vs KC (21 / 38 / 291 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 46 / 0 rush)

Taylor had one of his best games in a while but there were negatives. The highlight of the day has to be a beautiful "drop in a small bucket" pass to Sammy Watkins but Taylor had more great throws. Taylor looked far more comfortable in the pocket against the Chiefs than he had against the Jets and he was willing to step into his throws. While his scrambles were not quite up to pre-bye week par, Taylor was more effective on the run than he had been recently. However, you could also see the bad version Taylor rearing its ugly head. Multiple passes were floated to their receivers including one that should have been a pick-six if not for a bad drop by the defender. Like last week, Taylor suffered a strip-sack. Taylor also introduced a new flaw to his game. Many throws were into double- and triple-coverage, a bad habit that Taylor had not previously exhibited. But when you have a player the caliber of Watkins, those double-coverage throws don't look so bad. Taylor was a surprise at the beginning of the season but his play fell as the expectations rose. This game indicates that Taylor is on an upswing and has begun to get more comfortable as a starting QB that teams actually gameplan against. If he can continue improving off of this game, Taylor may yet finish the year as one of the biggest (positive) surprises in the NFL.

2015 Week 11 vs NE (20 / 36 / 233 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)

For the Bills to have postseason success, Taylor needs to show consistent good play against strong defenses. That will have to wait for at least one more week; Taylor did not look comfortable against the Patriots. Taylor's aim was erratic all night. He constantly underthrew passes to receivers all over the field. Chris Hogan was a few yards past his defender streaking toward the endzone and Taylor underthrew the ball. Watkins was open downfield but Taylor underthrew the ball. Watkins beat his defender but Taylor underthrew the ball luckily drawing a pass interference call. The majority of the time, Taylor did not seem to go through his progressions. He stared down receivers and utilized the checkdown far too often. And even some of those checkdowns were off target. Plus, the blindside strip-sack while Taylor was looking to pass cost the Bills a decent chunk of their precious remaining time. Taylor did throw a perfect ball to Hogan for a big gain and the could-have-been TD pass to McCoy was broken up primarily by a great defensive play, but these were the exceptions. On the ground, Taylor performed better. He was never threatening to break a big gain but Taylor still had a few scrambles that displayed his innate ability. On third down, Taylor escaped defenders and converted but it was brought back for an illegal formation flag. On another third down, Taylor evaded another sack and scrambled sideways while keeping his eyes downfield. This bought him time for a completion to Robert Woods. His best play with his feet was a scramble in which Taylor stiff-armed a defender with one hand as he threw the ball with the other hand to Watkins for a critical third down conversion. Unfortunately for the Bills, Taylor was hurt on said play. The injury clearly affected Taylor for the rest of the game. While he was playing poorly before, he was downright bad after. Multiple throws went off the hands of defenders and only the talents of Watkins kept the Bills' drive moving. There's something to be said for staying in the game when your team has no other option (E.J. Manuel was not going to lead that game-winning drive) but it needs to turn into results. It will be interesting to see if the combination of poor play and potential serious injury will have Rex Ryan use Manuel next week.

2015 Week 10 vs NYJ (17 / 27 / 158 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 12 / 0 rush)

Taylor didn't cause the team to lose but he had a rough game. The first Bills' play of the game, he missed a free and clear Sammy Watkins. If he makes that throw, the Bills are up 7-0 very early on. Taylor did throw a few more poor balls but for most of the game his targets were short and relatively easy to make. In the pocket, Taylor never seemed to make the right choice. When he decided to stand tall, he was hit by the Jets and throws were missed because of it. When he decided to scramble or checkdown the ball, he sometimes had plenty of time to stay and throw. Taylor was spooked by the Jets' defensive line and it showed. When out of the pocket, Taylor was OK at throwing on the run but not great. And he made no big plays with his legs. Taylor's best play was one that will not show up on any score sheet. Deep in his own territory, the Jets were about to sack him. Rather than taking the sack or throwing the ball away and incurring an intentional grounding penalty, Taylor escaped from the pocket just far enough for him to throw the ball away without penalty. In a game where his physical skills were not on display, it was nice to see that Taylor still had the necessary presence of mind.

2015 Week 9 vs MIA (11 / 12 / 181 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 44 / 0 rush)

Taylor did not drop back to pass often against the Dolphins but it was not necessary for a solid Buffalo win. Any remnants of his injury seemed to be gone as he was on top of his game. Primarily utilizing a short and efficient passing game, Taylor only threw two incompletions; a miss on an out route for the first target of the game and a throw away to avoid a sack that was negated by an offensive holding. Every other pass was on target and delivered with speed. Twice in the game Taylor went deep and both times he threw great balls to Sammy Watkins for huge gains. As to be expected with Taylor at this point, he also displayed great skill with his legs scrambling effectively. Taylor seems to have moved into the category of QBs that can win you the game.

2015 Week 5 vs TEN (10 / 17 / 109 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 76 / 1 rush)

Taylor's feet were far more effective than his arm against the Titans. His first throw of the game, a pass in the dirt to an RB in the flat, exemplified the Bills aerial attack on Sunday. Many passes flew beyond the outstretched hands of the targeted wide receivers. Early in the game deep in his own end, Taylor stood in a clean pocket and looked to his left. He then threw the ball. Unfortunately, the pass was to a Titans' defender with no Bills anywhere close. Whether through luck or a last second correction by Taylor, the pass was too high for the defender and the Bills avoided disaster. Despite the poor passing game in general, Taylor did have a few quality throws. On more than one occasion, he was able to put the ball in a position where only the receiver could make a play. Taylor's deep bomb to Hogan was a gorgeous throw. The Bills seem to be dependent on difficult sideline throws and Taylor can hit those routes when he needs to. However, it does not leave a lot of space to run even when the receivers get their hands on the ball. Taylor's true excellence was once again shown in his scrambles with three highlight-reel plays. The first escape was a 26 yard run on 3rd and 4. A defender was draped over Taylor at one point but Taylor shrugged the Titan off. The same defender attempted to make an ankle tackle but after a little stumble Taylor was back up and running. He proceeded to knock another Titan over with a great juke before finally getting pulled down. Three plays later, Taylor went back to his strength once again. He scrambled up the middle, completely blew by one defender, another pretty juke knocked a Titan to the ground, and he managed to outrun everyone else to the edge. 22 yards from where he started, Taylor walked in for a TD. Even later in the game, driving in the 4th quarter down a score, the Bills were stuck on 3rd down with 23 yards to go. Taylor took an opportunity and ran 24 yards untouched before finally being dragged down by a horse-collar tackle. Taylor left the game for one play but came back in.

2015 Week 4 vs NYG (28 / 42 / 274 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 15 / 0 rush)

The main effect of Taylor's play can be seen in sack totals for the game; Taylor should have been sacked far more often than he actually was. His skill with his legs regularly helped Taylor evade Giants players in and outside the pocket. On one escape, he broke through two ankle tackles to get seven yards that were not there. On another, an A-gap rusher completely whiffed when Taylor used a nifty spin move. On yet another, Taylor had a great 40 yard scramble down the sideline that he turned into a TD but it was called back for holding on the offensive line. At a different point in the game, when he was about to be sacked for a safety, Taylor slipped the defender's grasp and turned upfield. Unfortunately, he waited too long to throw and Taylor was called for an illegal forward pass that was questionable on replay. All of these cases are great examples of Taylor's excellence in compensating for poor offensive line play. Taylor's passing play was up and down all game, fitting balls in tight windows on one play and then completely missing receivers the next. Percy Harvin got the worst of it, he was open several times only to have poor Taylor throws ruin the play. Taylor's lone interception was partly his fault but mostly not; the pass hit Charles Clay in the hands but Clay wasn't able to snare the football in time. However, when he needed to take charge, Taylor drove the Bills down the field with quick and accurate passing to put the team in position to make a comeback. A Taylor TD pass and a Taylor TD run were both negated as the result of offensive line penalties. If those plays were not called back, this game ends with a completely different perspective on the Bills play.

2015 Week 3 vs MIA (21 / 29 / 277 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)

Taylor had a good game against the Dolphins by being effective in both the short passing game and in evading sacks. Beyond a few designed rollouts, Taylor stayed in the pocket for the majority of the game. From the pocket, Taylor seemed to feel more comfortable taking shots downfield than in his first two games. He threw a 39 yard beauty to Watkins in tight coverage early in the game. In the second half, Taylor showed patience maneuvering through the pocket and dropped the ball into Hogan's bucket for a long range 38 yard TD. However, not all deep balls were as accurate as the highlight reel will show. Taylor was quite often overthrowing his receivers, putting the ball out of their reach. But overthrowing a deep ball is less of a vice than underthrowing one and as Taylor grows with his teammates his sense of timing should improve. Rex Ryan's game scripts have worked in two out of three games and Taylor has performed admirably with what he is asked to do. Taylor's star is still rising but it should be peaking soon, he is an effective NFL quarterback but eventually you have to beat teams like New England.

2015 Week 2 vs NE (23 / 30 / 242 / 3 / 3 pass, 5 / 43 / 1 rush)

Taylor did not play a great game but he played a decent one. The Bills' passing game preferred short crossing routes or dump-offs to running backs over deep throws and the down-the-field passes that did occur were a mixed bag. Taylor received very little O-line help but made due with what he could. Throughout the game, the pocket collapsed quickly on Taylor. He would try passing from the pocket but was often sacked or hit immediately after throwing. When he decided to run, Taylor used his legs well in escaping. Once outside the pocket, he was both a threat to pass or run, throwing completions and TDs to attentive receivers or running TDs in himself. At least once, Taylor froze the defense by feigning a pass on the move in order to gain a few extra yards. Just like last week, Taylor was able to make pretty 20+ yard throws for TDs. However, possibly as a result of the constant pressure he was under, Taylor made quite a few mistakes. On consecutive plays, Taylor was hit and fumbled the ball with fumbles being recovered by the Bills. The next play Taylor tripped himself for a sack. Multiple times during the game, Taylor sailed passes too high above his targets. This resulted in two different tipped interceptions and incompletions. While for the most part he was effective on the move, Taylor's second interception was the result of both poor decision making and again overthrowing a pass, no Bills player was within 5 yards of the intercepting New England defender. The talent is there for Taylor but his linemen need to ensure that he has the opportunity to succeed.

2015 Week 1 vs IND (14 / 19 / 195 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 41 / 0 rush)

Taylor's first game as the Bills' QB involved another player starting at the QB position. Matt Cassel was in the game for the Bills' first play from scrimmage, a McCoy run that ended in a 6 yard loss. Taylor was in at WR on this play but then was QB for the rest of the game. Clearly the intent is to have Taylor be the primary QB but Rex seems to be eager to try some alternative formations. Once Taylor took his proper place at QB, the game plan was designed to make him comfortable in the pocket. He was effective in the short passing game that the Bills employed, often throwing darts into medium sized windows. Taylor's few big downfield plays showed promise, the "50 yards in the air" TD to Harvin was a great throw placed right where it needed to be. His running ability was highlighted with a 31 yard scamper on 3rd down that led to a TD three plays later. However, all was not perfect in Taylor-land. Miscommunication led to two timeouts being used in the first quarter to avoid delay of game penalties. At one point while dropping back to pass, Taylor did a 360 spin move just to look at his different receiver options (though he did complete the pass). Taylor fumbled the ball after receiving the snap and starting to go through his progressions (though he did recover the ball and scramble for 7 yards). Taylor throws the ball at the stretched hands of a D-lineman (though he bats the ball down to prevent the tipped interception). All of these mistakes can be attributed to first game jitters and the awareness that he displayed in recovering from most of them shows real promise. Taylor is not primed to become the next Manning or Brady, but he does look to be the first legitimate answer that the Bills have had at QB in a long time.

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Bills | Buffalo wants to lock up Tyrod Taylor (Tue May 3, 10:57 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is a player the team wants to lock up with a long-term deal, and general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday, May 3, he is 'supremely confident there's a chance' a deal will get done.

Our View: Things change quickly around here. Not that long ago, there were rumblings that Taylor may be unhappy with the Bills and the team could move on. Now, (with LT Cordy Glenn wrapped up) the team is looking to get a new deal with Taylor done. Taylor is only making $1 million this year which is incredibly low considering that a guy like Mark Sanchez (Broncos) is making $4.5 million.
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Bills | No extension for Tyrod Taylor (Sat Apr 30, 02:18 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will not receive a contract extension in light of the Bills drafting QB Cardale Jones. QB EJ Manuel's option is unlikely to be picked up, too.

Our View: They've got a lot of work to do with Jones, though and Greg Roman has his work cut out here. That said, Jones' natural ability makes him intriguing and his upside is very high. Still, his floor is low right now and Taylor may end up the starter for some time anyway.
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