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QB Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills

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

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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor suffered an injury to his right, throwing arm in Week 11, but played through it. He is expected to start Week 12.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 24): Taylor appeared to hurt his shoulder and was mostly ineffective as a passer, albeit against a very good Patriots defense. Next week brings the hottest defense in the league on the road in Kansas City, so you'll want to bench Taylor.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.

General News (Fri Nov 27): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Taylor (shoulder) said he only did handoffs Wednesday, Nov. 25, and plans to throw in practice Thursday, Nov. 26. Taylor is feeling better and likely to play in Week 12, according to head coach Rex Ryan. "I think Tyrod is going to play," Ryan said. "He feels better than he did. The doctors feel he's going to be just fine."

General News (Tue Nov 24): Taylor's (chest) availability for Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs is unknown, but head coach Rex Ryan hopes his quarterback will be available. Taylor looked like he was in a lot of pain towards the end of the Patriots game on Monday night. Ryan said he has "no idea" if Taylor will be ready.

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

All QB vs KC

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Tyrod Taylor banged up his shoulder during the loss in New England, so be watching his practice participation later in the week - it's possible we might see E.J. Manuel in this contest due to Taylor's injury. Taylor (20/36 for 233 yards passing, with zero interceptions or TDs, and 4/1/0 rushing) wasn't very effective after his shoulder was injured - this situation looks like it is in flux as of mid-week. Chris Hogan (seven targets for 6/95/0 receiving), Sammy Watkins (six for 3/39/0 receiving) and Robert Woods (nine for 4/44/0) were heavily targeted from the wide receiver position last week, as was LeSean McCoy (10 for 6/41/0) - Charles Clay disappointed fantasy owners again with three for just 1/14/0 receiving. The Chiefs' pass D is ranked 14th in the NFL averaging 234.8 net yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions (tied for second-most in the NFL) and 29 sacks (tied for sixth in the NFL) generated to date. They crushed San Diego 33-3 last week, holding Philip Rivers to 19/30 for 149 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown with three sacks for -29 yards generated. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is the most stingy team in the NFL with fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (10.8 on average); second-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (2.7); and is 12th-least in the league for fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (18.9). This is a bad matchup for either the banged-up Taylor or his backup Manuel.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs MIA 55 11 12 181 1 0 10 44 0 0 17.45
10 at NYJ 65 17 27 158 1 0 6 12 0 0 13.1
11 at NE 71 20 36 233 0 0 4 1 0 0 10.75
12 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 20 32 * * * 6 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 20 31 * * * 6 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 19 30 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Bills | Tyrod Taylor listed as probable (Fri Nov 27, 05:30 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as probable for the Week 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Bills | Tyrod Taylor throwing Friday (Fri Nov 27, 11:19 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) is throwing in practice Friday, Nov. 27, for the second consecutive day.

Our View: A banged up Taylor against a red hot Chiefs defense is not a recipe for fantasy points. Taylor will likely run less often, and have trouble opening up for deep passes.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor limited Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 03:15 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: It's not an easy matchup and Taylor is too shaky to trust as more than a QB3.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor says he'll play (Wed Nov 25, 07:22 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) said he will play in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Taylor toughed it out against the Patriots on Monday night, and now he'll lead the Bills as they travel to take on the Chiefs in Week 12. Against that defense on the road, we can only recommend Taylor as a QB2.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor to throw Thursday (Wed Nov 25, 01:49 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) said he only did handoffs Wednesday, Nov. 25, and plans to throw in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

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