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QB Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills

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

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Taylor suffered a concussion in the third preseason game.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): There's always a chance that Sean McDermott is stubborn and goes back to rookie Nathan Peterman, but that would be absurd after Peterson crated in Los Angeles. Taylor put up numbers in garbage time for the second time in three weeks. It's not pretty, but as long as he remains the starter, he'll have playoffs emergency backup value.

General News (Wed Nov 22): will start in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

All QB vs KC

FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, Tyrod Taylor has been reinstalled as the Bills' starter. It took a truly disastrous showing from rookie Nathan Peterman - just 4.71 yards per attempt and 5 interceptions - for coach Sean McDermott to realize the folly of replacing Taylor, a marginal but effective passer, for a late-round rookie on a hunch. Taylor isn't a dynamic passer, nor a particularly efficient one, but he's the clear-cut best choice here in 2017. He mostly avoids turnovers, and he already carries rapport with most his weapons, namely LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and rookie wideout Zay Jones. (New addition Kelvin Benjamin may be set to lose time to a knee injury.) We can expect more of the same - a modest 6.60 yards per attempt and 3.9% touchdown rate, yet difference-making rushing totals - going forward, albeit with a shorter leash. The Kansas City pass defense, a major sore spot through the season's early going, has enjoyed a noticeable boost over the last three weeks. Still, the successes have come against a handful of bottom-tier passing games, and they haven't been enough to keep them from the league's bottom five in yardage allowed. Aside from All-Pro Marcus Peters, the cornerbacks have been atrocious in coverage, and opposing wideouts have caught a league-high 15 touchdowns against them. Buffalo lacks the firepower to truly best this defense, but if Tyrod Taylor throws with any real volume Sunday, his ceiling is definitely elevated.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs OAK 69 20 27 165 1 0 6 1 1 0 18.35
9 at NYJ 75 29 40 285 2 0 6 35 1 1 29.75
10 vs NO 37 9 18 56 0 1 3 27 0 0 4.5
11 at LAC 40 15 25 158 1 0 4 38 1 1 20.7
12 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 19 32 * * * 5 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 6 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 16 31 * * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs LAC (15 / 25 / 158 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 38 / 1 rush)

With Nathan Peterman seeing his first career start in lieu of Taylor in Week 11, Taylor was back on the field to start the second half. Peterman struggled to five interceptions and countless big hits as the rookie was overwhelmed by the Chargers defense after a promising relief appearance in Week 10. Taylor played the final 30 minutes, returning some sense of functionality to the Buffalo offense. A key difference with Buffalo's offensive line struggling in pass protection was Taylor's mobility to extend plays. Taylor was stripped in the pocket for a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown in the blowout loss. Taylor led a field goal drive on his first opportunity and was hyper efficiency with his rushing attempts. Taylor executed a zone read play for more than 30 yards, nearly scored on another keeper, and did find the end zone on a goal line quarterback keeper late in the game. Taylor's highlight moment as a passer came on a gorgeous deep throw to Zay Jones while rolling left from pressure. While the starting job for Week 12 and the rest of the season has yet to be announced, the difference in the Bills' offense with Tyrod Taylor under center compared to Nathan Peterman was night and day this week.

2017 Week 10 vs NO (9 / 18 / 56 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor had his worst performance of the season against the New Orleans Saints. Taylor led a scoring drive on the first possession, which included a well-designed quarterback run. However, Taylor overthrew new WR Kelvin Benjamin on a fade, then underthrew him on an out route. Taylor's best attributes are his mobility and limiting mistakes, but when Buffalo is behind, he does not make enough aggressive throws to generate big comeback attempts. Taylor spent the afternoon checking down, including on third downs well short of the yardage to gain. Taylor did not get much help including from his supporting cast, including on his interception where Charles Clay deflected the ball directly into the hands of Sheldon Rankins. Taylor did make two deep throws to Deonte Thompson, one of which Thompson dropped and the other was overthrown. Taylor was pulled in the fourth quarter for Nathan Peterman who led a late touchdown drive in garbage time.

2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (29 / 40 / 285 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 35 / 1 rush)

Tyrod Taylor faced pressure frequently against the Jets. He was sacked seven times, and the pressure was early and often because Buffalo's offensive line struggled against the Jets' defense line. The Jets defensive line contained Taylor in the pocket with disciplined edge rushing, and the interior push closed down escape lanes. In previous weeks, the offensive line performed better, and when pressure occurred, Taylor escaped the pocket, but the nature of the Jets' pass rush boxed Taylor into the pocket. In the first half, Taylor threw a well-placed ball to Zay Jones for a touchdown. Jones struggled early in the season, but for the second straight week has made solid plays, and Taylor never lost trust in Jones. Taylor spent much of the game checking down to underneath routes, but did manage a deep throw to Deonte Thompson for a touchdown in a fourth quarter drive. The Buffalo offense struggles to stretch the field, but Thompson has become a preferred vertical option for Taylor. Taylor racked up yards in garbage time, and managed to sneak for a touchdown at the goal line on his second sneak of the possession. The three touchdowns salvaged a fantasy day for Taylor that was much better than his real football performance. Taylor also lost a fumble on a scramble play, which set up a Jets score.

2017 Week 8 vs OAK (20 / 27 / 165 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 1 / 1 rush)

Tyrod Taylor continued his recent stretch of strong performance against the Oakland Raiders. The Buffalo offensive line gave Taylor a lot of time to throw, and when pressured was able to extend plays. Taylor's passing touchdown was to Andre Holmes who ran across the backline of the end zone and dragged his feet. Taylor demonstrated his continued growth in making multiple reads across the field, including a highlight throw to Andre Holmes down the sideline for a 36-yard catch that set up a touchdown. Taylor has continued to show willingness to throw the ball to Zay Jones, despite Jones's early season struggles. Jones rewarded Taylor with two big conversion catches on the day. Taylor was used on two designed runs, in addition to his one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Taylor had another opportunity for a touchdown throw to Nick O'Leary but he overthrew O'Leary on the play. Taylor benefitted from better offensive line play in the past two weeks, but the offense does not have deep threats capable of stretching the field.

2017 Week 7 vs TB (20 / 33 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 53 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor had his strongest passing output of the season against Tampa Bay with 268 yards with 20 completions on 33 attempts and a touchdown. Taylor used his feet to keep plays alive in the pocket, and made multiple reads through his progression to find receivers. Taylor demonstrated his ability to make multiple reads on a check down to Nick O'Leary for a 32-yard gain and a throw to WR Deonte Thompson for 44 yards that set up a game tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Taylor threw a touchdown pass to Logan Thomas on an out and up route that Taylor worked up into the pocket on the play to throw the touchdown. Taylor was also used in the running game on multiple designed run plays. Taylor's runs included a 26-yard scramble on third down where he made LB Kwon Alexander miss to spring himself for a chunk gain, and another 16-yard rush. Taylor was only sacked once on the day, and benefitted from the return of LT Cordy Glenn.

2017 Week 5 vs CIN (20 / 37 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor struggled with accuracy during a rain soaked game in Cincinnati. In the past two weeks, Taylor demonstrated the ability to read through multiple progressions, but regressed this week. Taylor frequently held the ball too long in the pocket, and was indecisive when he decided to scramble. Taylor's struggles are not all attributable to him as the offense is devoid of playmakers at the receiving position. Outside of running back LeSean McCoy, Taylor's most reliable weapon was Charles Clay, who was injured in the first half. Without Clay, and injured receiver Jordan Matthews, Taylor had few opportunities to throw to open receivers. As a result, Taylor was forced to frequently check down to LeSean McCoy and backup tight ends Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas in the flat and short areas of the field. Taylor threw one touchdown pass on the day to reserve wide receiver Brandon Tate. Tate ran a seam route in the red zone out of the slot and Taylor threw the ball high where only Tate could catch it. Tate caught the ball while dragging his feet for the touchdown. Taylor had a second chance for a touchdown on a red zone fade to Zay Jones. Jones created separation on the route, but the throw was low and led Jones too far to the sideline to stay inbounds as he dove to catch the ball. Taylor threw one interception that was intended for Zay Jones on the final drive of the game. Taylor forced the ball into heavy coverage on third down in a desperation comeback attempt, but the ball was high and intercepted by Cincinnati. Taylor took six sacks on the game.

2017 Week 4 vs ATL (12 / 20 / 182 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 12 / 0 rush)

Buffalo's defense kept the game close which allowed the Buffalo offense to play a conservative game plan. The Bills ran 36 times and Tyrod Taylor only attempted 20 passes on the day. Taylor finished with 12 completions and 182 yards with a touchdown. Taylor's touchdown pass was set up by a 44-yard completion to Charles Clay down to the Atlanta 9-yard line. Taylor threw the pass well into tight coverage after reading back across the field while scrambling. Taylor has struggled to get off his first read this season, so his ability to read across the field while moving is a noticeable progression. On the touchdown pass, Jordan Matthews ran a crossing route from a bunch on the right side of the formation. The route was a secondary read, which Taylor moved to when the front side was not open. The throw was a nice touch throw into the end zone. Taylor could have had another touchdown on 3rd and goal from the one-yard line. Jordan Matthews motioned into a stack tight to the line of scrimmage and ran a quick in breaking route. If Taylor led Matthews he would have fallen into the end zone for a touchdown. Instead, Taylor threw the ball on Matthews's back hip which slowed his momentum and caused him to be tackled just short of the end zone. Taylor also was hurt by another Zay Jones drop on a deep route on the perimeter. Taylor led Jones a bit too much on the play, but Jones dropped the ball on his hands in a diving catch attempt. While Taylor's passing numbers were subdued, he added 12 yards on the ground on seven carries, including a crucial scramble on 3rd down and three on Buffalo's own 19-yard line, to extend what became a 19-play second half drive that consumed over 11 minutes and resulted in a field goal. Taylor's fantasy stats were capped by low volume, but his elusiveness as a runner and ability to extend plays continues to create opportunities for a Buffalo team that is producing more than the sum of their pieces.

2017 Week 3 vs DEN (20 / 26 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 13 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor performed well on the day, completing 20 of his 26 attempts for 213 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was a well thrown ball on a slant to Zay Jones, that deflected off Jones's hands directly to Andre Holmes for a touchdown. Taylor's second touchdown was on a bootleg where he was scrambling to his right. Charles Clay sold his run block on the play and slipped behind the coverage following Taylor. Taylor identified Clay behind the flow of the defense and was able to hit him for the touchdown. Taylor missed a couple of high throws during the game, particularly when he was under pressure. Taylor used his feet multiple times during the game to extend plays for throws, and rushed eight times for 13 yards. One his carries was a 7-yard carry on third down and five, with 9:29 left in the fourth quarter. Taylor tripped in the pocket but recovered to get to his feet and run for a first down. The play extended what became a 16-play 7:30 drive that produced a field goal and two score lead. Taylor's mobility continues to create opportunities for a Buffalo offense that lacks vertical playmakers.

2017 Week 2 vs CAR (17 / 25 / 125 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 55 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor's day exemplified why the Bills have long-term questions about his ability to be a starting quarterback. He struggled to move off his first read, and frequently pulled the ball down to run before his receivers had the opportunity to break on their routes. One play stuck out early in the third quarter. Taylor was under center and motioned LeSean McCoy to the right perimeter with Andre Holmes in the slot. Carolina was rushing four down linemen with zone coverage in the secondary. During Taylor's drop back McCoy ran an out route, under CB James Bradberry, while Andre Holmes ran a corner route over Bradberry. Taylor was under no pressure with a clean pocket and McCoy was open on the out in front of Bradberry while Holmes was setting up his break to the corner behind Bradberry. Taylor lacked patience on the play and failed to read McCoy, and instead pulled the ball down to run, and was sacked before he reached the line of scrimmage. Later on the same drive, on third down and one, Taylor was running a bootleg to the left. FB Patrick DiMarco was working to the short flat against LB Shaq Thompson while TE Nick O'Leary ran a drag route across the middle of the field. Taylor's threat as a runner drew both Luke Kuechly and Kurt Coleman out of the middle of the field, leaving O'Leary open with room to run. Taylor instead tried to target DiMarco in tight coverage in the flat and the ball was broken up forcing a fourth down. The stagnant passing game was not entirely Taylor's fault, as his receivers struggled to separate in the short area of the field with no deep threat to create room underneath. Taylor ran well on the day for 55 yards on eight carries, and had the opportunity to win the game on fourth and 11 from the 33-yard line with 14 seconds remaining in the game. Zay Jones ran a corner route from the slot that split the Carolina safety and cornerback. Taylor threw the ball behind Jones, and Jones was unable to catch the ball on his fingertips. At worst, Jones would have caught the ball inside the five-yard line and set up a final scoring attempt. An accurate throw by Taylor would have led Jones for a game winning touchdown.

2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (16 / 28 / 224 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 38 / 0 rush)

Tyrod Taylor had two touchdowns in the game against the New York Jets, but the game could have been better. On the first drive of the game, Tyrod Taylor was intercepted in the end zone on a deflection by Jets' DB Justin Burris. The ball was thrown on target to Charles Clay and the ball went through Clay's hands where it deflected right to Burris. Taylor bounced back later in the game with a pair of touchdowns from the one-yard line. The first, was a quick out to Charles Clay in the slot. The second, was a play action misdirection play where Andre Holmes ran across the formation simulating he was sealing the backside end before slipping into the flat for a wide-open pass from Taylor. Taylor added eight rushes for 38 yards, and showed his mobility both as a runner and creating time as a passer.


Latest News

Bills | Tyrod Taylor starting again (Wed Nov 22, 09:41 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will start in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: The Nathan Peterman era lasted less than one game as the rookie threw five interceptions in Week 11. Taylor gets back into the lineup as has low-end QB1 upside, partly due to a banged up group of pass catching options (Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay).
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor likely to hit market (Wed Nov 15, 10:15 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year with $1 million guaranteed. He's likely to become a free agent in the offseason.

Our View: There's no surprise here. Taylor was never really thought of as a long-term solution for new head coach Sean McDermott. He's likely to get some interest on the open market.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor benched (Wed Nov 15, 09:47 AM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has been benched for Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Our View: The writing has been on the wall for Taylor, and this move isn't really that 'out of nowhere' as some would think. Taylor has likely played his last snap for the Bills as we expect him to hit the free agent market in 2018. He's due a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year with $1 million guaranteed. That's a sign he's not going to be with the Bills next season.
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Bills | Tyrod Taylor lifted early in blowout (Sun Nov 12, 07:57 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor completed just nine of his 18 pass attempts for 56 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in the Week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Our View: Taylor was ineffective against the suddenly elite Saints defense. He'll face a top pass rush next week against the Chargers and is only a middling streamer.
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