Bills Going With Tyrod Taylor at Quarterback
The Buffalo Bills have finally come to a decision on their starting quarterback for the 2015 NFL season. Per reports, Rex Ryan and co. have opted to roll with dual threat passer Tyrod Taylor after he impressed the most during preseason play.
Bills are going w Tyrod Taylor as their starting a QB
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 31, 2015
It’s not an overly surprising move, as Taylor looked like the most complete option in Buffalo’s three preseason games. The Bills initially traded for Matt Cassel to give them a stable presence under center, while former first round pick E.J. Manuel was never seriously considered for the job after a shaky start in camp.
Taylor, on the other hand, impressed with his legs during the team’s first preseason game, and then did well on the ground and in the air in a start against the Cleveland Browns in the Bills’ second preseason game. Taylor was effective from inside the pocket and sustained drives with his legs, while guiding the Bills’ first team offense to a field goal make and another field goal try (missed).
The big story with the quarterback move is that the Bills are both taking a stab at some upside, and yet refraining from rolling the dice too much. Cassel would have been the safest pick of the three quarterbacks, while Manuels potentially could have offered the most upside.
Taylor is somewhere in the middle, but it appears after sitting behind Joe Flacco in Baltimore the past few years, he’s truly ready to lead a team into the fray. Whether or not that equates to Buffalo returning to the playoffs, of course, remains to be determined.
The Bills aren’t exactly many people’s top pick to make a Super Bowl run or even win the AFC East, but with Taylor they have an intangible quality that could make them very dangerous. The Bills were already slowly becoming a threat last year, when a top-five defense almost forced it’s way into the playoffs despite being restricted by a pedestrian offense.
With Taylor under center, that offense could potentially finally take flight in 2015. The best part is Taylor doesn’t have to do it all on his own, as he has Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Robert Woods and Charles Clay to lean on in the passing game, as well as an elite running back in LeSean McCoy on the ground.
Had the Bills played it safe and went with Cassel, they would have been a legit threat to make the playoffs as a wild card team. With Taylor’s dual threat ability leading the way, they just might be able to aim their sights a little bit higher in 2015.
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