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Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 11:54am
Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is back.
"This was my first time actually sprinting and actually doing full movement things," Taylor, who had groin surgery shortly after the 2016 season, told the team's official site after voluntary workouts on Monday. "I've felt great since the surgery and the doctors here and the training staff have done a great job of getting me to 100 percent and I feel real good. I feel very explosive."
His comments are good news on multiple levels. Taylor wasn't treated like a face-of-the-franchise quarterback down the stretch in 2016 and the new regime dragged their feet on re-working his deal for 2017. He is still paid less than Mike Glennon, Brock Osweiler, Sam Bradford and others despite one Pro Bowl season under his belt.
Posted by Chris Kucharski
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2:03am
Tyrod Taylor has put up respectable numbers in his first two years as the Bills' starting quarterback, throwing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for over 500 yards in both seasons. In 2016, he reached those numbers without leading wide receiver Sammy Watkins for half the season. Also, he's thrown only a combined 12 interceptions on 817 attempts the last two years. Taylor is only 27, so there is a chance he will still get better. The Bills brought in new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who runs the West Coast offense, which plays to the strength of a quarterback with Taylor's skill set.
One question for Buffalo: are there enough weapons for Taylor? The answer is yes and no. Watkins is a legitimate No. 1 receiver and LeSean McCoy is a legit all-purpose back. However, after that, there are question marks. The Bills did draft WR Zay Jones in the second round, but rookie receivers are a crapshoot on how impactful they can be. Plus, with a new coaching staff led by head coach Sean McDermott, do they believe in Taylor?
2016 Bottom Line
It's a tough call with Taylor. It could be a reach if you draft him as your No. 1 QB, but there is a chance his numbers go up. His ADP is low enough in the late rounds of most drafts, which makes him less risky of a pick. If you think the Bills offense will prosper under McDermott and Dennison, you could reach for him a round or two earlier than his ADP to serve as a high-end No. 2 QB on your roster. As of now, Taylor ranks as a tier three QB with an above average chance to outproduce his ADP.
2017 Strength of Schedule - BUF
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
|Per game||18.00||29.13||201.53||1.13||0.40||6.92||11.20||6.33||38.67||0.40||0.13||6.11||17.79||17.79||64.60/66.73||97.06% |