Bills HC Sean McDermott on the starting QB: We're still evaluating that right now. We'll take it one day at a time.
It's hard to imagine Taylor not getting the start in Week 12 against the Chiefs.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:07pm
Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Clay looks like a go, but there’s no telling if Nathan Peterman will target him as much as Tyrod Taylor did.
Peterman, a rookie fifth-round pick, replaced Taylor with less than five minutes remaining in a 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Taylor completed 9-of-18 passes for 56 yards before being benched.
Peterman went 7-for-9 for 79 yards and a touchdown over the final two drives for the Bills, who have lost two straight.
In the preseason, Peterman completed 43-of-79 passes (54.4% completion) for 453 yards and a 5.73 yards per attempt average. He threw one touchdown and no interceptions. The Chargers are a bad matchup for opposing quarterbacks (No. 9 in QB aFPA) but starting in Week 12, the Bills don't face a defense higher than No. 20 in that metric. If Peterman plays well, he could work his way into the streaming conversation.
This is a clear upgrade for Tyrod Taylor even if Benjamin's stock takes a hit as he tries to learn a new offense and get used to a new quarterback midseason. We generally shy away from receivers who change teams as free agents, unless they get a clear promotion or an upgrade at quarterback, and that goes double for receivers that are traded to a new team in the middle of the season. The silver lining is that Buffalo has a favorable passing schedule down the stretch and there is a dearth of receiving options, so Benjamin may get peppered with targets once he gets up to speed. In Carolina, it's a downgrade for Cam Newton while the other receivers (Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard and Curtis Samuel) should see an uptick in snaps and targets.
Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:56pm
Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. If he plays, Matthews will be a Sneaky Start against a very shaky Tampa Bay pass defense. His presence would also boost Tyrod Taylor’s overall outlook.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:55pm
Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:40pm
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) took full practice reps all week. Taylor will get the start against a bad Jets defense. He’s a solid fantasy option as long as he’s starting, though he’ll miss Sammy Watkins’ ability in the passing game.
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:18pm
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. Taylor should get the start against a bad Jets defense. He’s a solid fantasy option as long as he’s starting, though he’ll miss Sammy Watkins ability in the passing game.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:47pm
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Taylor should get the start against a bad Jets defense. He’s a solid fantasy option as long as he’s starting, though he’ll miss Sammy Watkins ability in the passing game.
We think Taylor is a good play in Week 1 against the Jets. We rank him 10th on our QB list making him a lower-end QB1 play.
The Bills signed Joe Webb on Monday in a move that gives them a quarterback option in the event neither Tyrod Taylor nor T.J. Yates is cleared from the concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Webb would back up Nathan Peterman if that’s how things play out and starting the fifth-round pick in the first game of the year certainly isn’t how anyone in Buffalo drew things up. On Monday, though, coach Sean McDermott said that he thinks Peterman is ready to handle the job.
McDermott said Peterman could start if needed and he's ready to go if it comes to that. The team is still holding out hope Taylor will be able to play, but as the story said, they will reach a point this week where they will have to make a choice.
“They’re in concussion protocol,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “Very little information flows out of that. That’s part of the situation. We just respect what’s going on there and they’re in the protocol and that’s basically the information I get every day.”
Neither quarterback will be available for Thursday’s preseason finale against Detroit. That leaves Buffalo with rookie Nate Peterman and Keith Wenning, who signed Monday as the only healthy quarterbacks for the Lions game.
The story said the hope is for both Taylor and Yates to be ready for opening day. The team is rushing to get Wenning up to speed so as not to have to expose Peterman to a lot of time in preseason Week 4, knowing he's the only healthy QB right now.
Coach Sean McDermott announced on Sunday that T.J. Yates also suffered a concussion during the game in Baltimore. Yates followed Nathan Peterman into the game in the second half and McDermott said Yates “took some licks later in the game” while discussing when he might have been injured.
Of course, Taylor was injury last week with a concussion leaving Peterman as the team's only healthy QB. The Bills will likely have to sign another signal caller but this is an interesting situation to monitor as we draw closer to the start of the season.
Tyrod Taylor went to the locker room with trainers and is in the concussion protocol.
Taylor's head bounced off the turf upon falling hard after being sacked in the Bills preseason game against Baltimore.
Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he still produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was a top 10 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. However, with the Bills trading Sammy Watkins, his ceiling is lower now, and if he is in the concussion protocol, his status for Week 1 will now need to be monitored.
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McDermott was non-committal after Taylor threw two interceptions in a preseason game, so we're not convinced that he or the team are fully behind their quarterback. The decision to trade away Sammy Watkins, a player who fits Taylor's downfield strengths, indicates that the team isn't invested in Taylor's success. From a fantasy perspective, Taylor is a great asset given his ability to run, but the team may move on to Nathan Peterman sooner rather than later.
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