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QB Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Taylor remains on the fringe of rosterworthy despite a strong Week 2 stat line. Most of his week came on two long plays, with Taylor being ineffective enough to get his offensive coordinator fired for the rest of the game. He's a desperation play against the Cardinals and difficult to trust at any point unless Sammy Watkins finds a miracle in-season cure for his foot woes.

Week 3: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. During Week One, Sammy Watkins saw six targets for a so-so 4/43/0 receiving (and that was almost half of the 111 yards passing that Tyrod Taylor managed at Baltimore). Charles Clay was second on the team in receiving with three targets for 2/40/0, and fantasy owners invested in Buffalo's passing attack were not happy campers. Last week, though, Tyrod Taylor bounced back in a big way against the Jets' struggling secondary, with 18/30 for 297 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, and surprisingly, zero sacks taken. Watkins still disappointed, though, with five targets but just 2/20/0 receiving, while Marquise Goodwin (five targets for 2/112/1 receiving) and Greg Salas (five for 4/89/1) found a way to make things work at home in New Era Stadium. Backup running back Mike Gillislee (one for 1/18/1) was the other receiver that scored for the Bills. Though they still lost the game on Sunday, the Bills found their passing attack, which is a good thing. The Cardinals knocked the wind out of the Buccaneers' sails in Week Two, intercepting Jameis Winston four times while allowing just one TD pass (27/52 for 221 net yards passing, with three sacks generated for -22 yards). The Cardinals' pass D ceded 24/33 for 257 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with two sacks for -7 yards to Jimmy Garoppolo and company two games back - through two contests, the Cardinals are 15th in the NFL averaging 239.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing scores handed out vs. four interceptions and five sacks generated to date. They are currently allowing the seventh-least fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (15.9 per game on average); but have surrendered the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (27.6 per game); while averaging 2.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (tied for second-least in the NFL). This is a tough matchup for the on-again/off-again Bills' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at BAL 49 15 22 111 0 0 5 11 0 0 6.65
2 vs NYJ 51 18 30 297 3 1 2 25 0 0 28.35
3 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 22 32 * * * 5 * * * *
3 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 20 33 * * * 6 * * * *
3 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 16 33 * * * 9 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Bills | Tyrod Taylor with solid game (Fri Sep 16, 08:08 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was 18-for-30 (60%) for 297 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 2.

Our View: Taylor's stat line was inflated by a Marquise Goodwin 84-yard bomb, a long score to Greg Salas on an extended play, and a garbage time score. He was mostly ineffective and is not a trustworthy fantasy quarterback heading into a matchup with Arizona next week.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor exits briefly (Thu Sep 15, 11:01 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) returned against the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 15, after being evaluated for a concussion.

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Bills | Tyrod Taylor does nothing in loss (Mon Sep 12, 12:48 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor completed 15 of his 22 pass attempts for 111 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he added five rushes for just 11 yards.

Our View: Bills head coach Rex Ryan let Taylor's talent go to waste against the Ravens. Part of that is the hyper-conservative gameplan, but part is the fact we don't think Sammy Watkins looks quite like himself. We'll see if the Bills can jumpstart Taylor going forward.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor quiet in Week 1 (Sun Sep 11, 04:17 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor went 15-for-22 for 111 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. He also rushed for 11 yards on five carries.

Our View: The Bills had very little in the way of downfield passing and their top offensive lineman went down with an injury. Cordy Glenn was ruled out early with an ankle injury, and it was reported by Adam Schefter before the game that Sammy Watkins still is not 100%. The Bills have the tough Jets defense next week. Taylor was seen as a good committee QB going into the season, but he might be droppable after Week 1.
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