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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback | #5

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (180) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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Tyrod Taylor does not think the Bills need to "open up" the offense.
He does think the offense can "grow" in OC Greg Roman's second season, but that does not necessarily mean Taylor will see a spike in passing attempts. Buffalo had the most successful running game in the league last season, and if anything they have a stronger running back group this year. Taylor played well off the ground game, so any "growth" in the offense would likely involve getting him more opportunities to push the ball downfield off play action. Taylor posted a top-five adjusted yards per attempt average last season and 14 of his 20 passing touchdowns came from outside the red zone. May 21 - 9:37 AM

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Now that LT Cordy Glenn has agreed to a five-year contract, the Bills are expected to pursue long-term deals with Tyrod Taylor and CB Stephon Gilmore.

GM Doug Whaley said he's "supremely confident there's a chance" the Bills will be able to retain both Taylor and Gilmore. That's about as noncommittal as you can get. Locking Taylor and Gilmore into long-term deals is easier said than done and would probably require some serious cap maneuvering on Buffalo's part. Taylor's $1 million salary this year makes him arguably the league's biggest bargain. If Sam Bradford can command upwards of $20 million annually, there's nothing stopping Taylor from pursuing a similar amount. The Bills added some insurance in the draft by taking Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in the fourth round.
May 3 - 9:32 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said there is a "very, very good possibility" they draft a quarterback this year.

The move makes sense. Both Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel are entering the final year of their deals, and Whaley does not appear convinced in Taylor as the long-term answer. The Bills have been linked with Memphis' Paxton Lynch, but the flurry of activity at the top of the draft has made it less likely he slips to them at No. 19 overall. Ohio State's Cardale Jones, Michigan State's Connor Cook or Penn State's Christian Hackenberg could be options on Day 2. Even if they draft a quarterback, Taylor is fully expected to open the season as the starter.
Apr 21 - 9:01 AM

Tyrod Taylor said he is not focused on his contract situation.

"The business side handles itself, whether it gets done or not," were Taylor's words at the beginning of Buffalo's offseason program. It is good Taylor is not worried about an extension because both coach Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley have made it clear he is not getting one this offseason. The decision makes sense from the Bills' perspective. Taylor has just one season of starting experience and did not prove particularly durable during that run. Still, if Taylor puts together another solid season, he could easily be priced out of Buffalo's range. That is a risk they appear willing to take. Taylor is set to make $1 million in the final year of his deal.
Apr 19 - 8:18 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan hinted the sides are far apart in Tyrod Taylor's extension talks.

"What's best for the franchise may not be best for the individual," Ryan said. In other words, we know it's in Taylor's best interest to try and cash in this offseason, but we're not going to pay him the big bucks after only one decent season. It's looking more and more likely Taylor will play out 2016 under his $1 million contract, letting the issue clarify itself on Sundays.
Apr 18 - 1:13 PM

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tyrod Taylor's agent said the Bills "didn't go to the playoffs last year because of discipline and offense," and that Taylor was "exceptional."

Taylor's rep is playing hardball as he tries to maximize his client's leverage. Taylor has made it clear he wants to be in Buffalo long-term, but talks have progressed at a snail's pace. Taylor is due just $1 million in 2016. If an extension is going to come, it will probably be in camp. It wouldn't be surprising if Taylor decides to bet on himself and head into his walk year without a new deal.
Apr 7 - 2:09 PM

Tyrod Taylor said he wants to be the "long-term answer" at quarterback for the Bills.

"I definitely think I showed what I can do, and I definitely think that I showed that I’m going to continue to get better. I improved each game," Taylor said. "I understand the business side of it. If something happens (with the contract) this year, I’m happy for it, but if not, we’ll wait it out and see what happens." Taylor was solid when healthy last season, completing 63.7 percent of his passes and compiling a 20-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Bills GM Doug Whaley has balked at committing to Taylor as the long-term starter, however, and there has been "little, if any, progress" on a new contract. At this point, it seems likely Taylor plays out the final year of his deal before hitting free agency next offseason.
Apr 4 - 9:02 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills GM Doug Whaley acknowledged there's "some work to be done" in extension talks with contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor.

Whaley also said it didn't have to be a long-term deal, something Taylor probably takes umbrage with. A compromise might be a high-dollar, two-year deal, a la Sam Bradford in Philadelphia. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci guessed Monday morning a contract wouldn't be hammered out before Week 1.
Mar 21 - 1:58 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports "there has been little, if any, progress" on a long-term extension for Tyrod Taylor.

Carucci does not believe the Bills will sign Taylor to an extension prior to the start of the season. GM Doug Whaley has said a new deal would be a "luxury," and his comments this offseason suggest he is not sold on Taylor as the long-term fix at quarterback. If Taylor can put together a solid, healthy season, he will be in a great position to cash in next offseason.
Mar 21 - 10:17 AM

In-house reporter Chris Brown expects the Bills to let Tyrod Taylor play out this season before signing an extension.

Buffalo’s offseason comments suggest they aren’t completely sold on Taylor. With limited cap space and Taylor playing on a team-friendly deal, he’ll likely have to prove himself before getting a new deal. Taylor will be a candidate for the franchise tag if he repeats his 2015 success.
Mar 4 - 7:25 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley considers a new Tyrod Taylor deal a "luxury."

The Bills want to avoid spending their limited cap space on Taylor’s team-friendly deal. Re-signing free agent Richie Incognito, Stephon Gilmore, and franchise player Cordy Glenn are bigger priorities. Taylor will likely play out his contract year without an extension.
Mar 3 - 9:44 AM

The Bills have "reached out" to contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor about a new deal.

"This is a week where we’ll delve more into it," GM Doug Whaley said. "We’ll see where it goes." Taylor signed a two-year, $3.35 million deal last March before vastly exceeding expectations as a 14-game starter. Taylor was inconsistent and his freewheeling style exposed him to unnecessary hits, but he is clearly the Bills' answer for 2016. Going on 27, a two-year extension could make sense for both sides.
Feb 25 - 4:52 PM

Tyrod Taylor says he wants to be the "long-term guy" in Buffalo.

It would be newsworthy if Taylor said anything else, of course, but he's made it clear he wants to remain in Buffalo for the long haul. "I love playing for the organization, I love playing for the coaches, I love being around the guys," Taylor said. "Like I said, I want to be the long-term guy for them. Ultimately that's up to them. I know I'm under contract for another year, but right now I'm out here just taking it all in." Although more is available through incentives, Taylor is due a ridiculously cheap $1 million in 2016. Taylor will be in line for a fortune next offseason if his 2016 goes anything like his 2015. It's also possible the Bills try to hammer out an extension before Week 1.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 1:20 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said Tyrod Taylor deserves "a chance to prove it."

"He’s warranted enough for us to continue down the road to see if he can be the franchise guy of the future," Whaley said. This is the second half-hearted endorsement of Taylor in a month from Whaley, who also said Taylor has shown enough for the team to "keep trying" with him. Entering the final year of his deal, Whaley will be tasked with working out an extension with Taylor this offseason. Taylor threw for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns in 14 starts.
Jan 5 - 8:25 AM

Tyrod Taylor completed 18-of-28 passes for 182 yards and rushed ten times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' Week 17 upset of the Jets.

And thus ends a successful first season as an NFL starter, albeit one that leaves plenty of looking-forward questions for Buffalo at the most important position in sports. Although he showed the ability to effectively push the ball downfield to Sammy Watkins and make things happen improvisationally with his legs, Taylor's streetball-ish style all too often led to injuries (shoulder, knee) and inconsistency on a play-to-play, half-to-half, and game-to-game basis. The Bills' passing attack was also among the NFL's most remedial. Regardless, Taylor is a lock to open next season as Buffalo's starting quarterback after posting a 20:6 TD-to-INT ratio and continually flashing big-play ability as both a thrower and runner. As 26-year-old Taylor is only signed through 2016, the Bills may offer him a short-term extension this offseason.
Jan 3 - 4:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
3Mike Gillislee
4Jonathan Williams
5James Wilder Jr.
GLB1Karlos Williams
2LeSean McCoy
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
FB1Jerome Felton
2Glenn Gronkowski
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Leonard Hankerson
3Jarrett Boykin
4Marcus Easley
5Dezmin Lewis
WR21Robert Woods
2Greg Salas
3Marquise Goodwin
4Kolby Listenbee
5Greg Little
WR31Greg Salas
TE1Charles Clay
2Jim Dray
3Chris Gragg
4Nick O'Leary
5Blake Annen
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Keith Lumpkin
LG1Richie Incognito
2Cyril Richardson
3Jamison Lalk
C1Eric Wood
2Fernando Velasco
3Robert Kugler
RG1John Miller
2Ryan Groy
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
3Marquis Lucas
K1Dan Carpenter
2Marshall Morgan