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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Virginia Tech
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The Bills have confirmed Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback.
"It all comes down to the explosiveness Tyrod brings to us," were the words of coach Rex Ryan. Taylor is certainly explosive, but has lacked passing finesse going back to his days at Virginia Tech. He'll be someone the Bills try to hide, hoping for rushing yards and big plays. Taylor's legs put him on the QB2 radar, and leave him as an intriguing early-season possibility in daily leagues. Aug 31 - 3:22 PM

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Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Bills have decided Tyrod Taylor will be their starting quarterback.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hinted at this possibility earlier Monday. Taylor only attempted 35 regular season passes as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore for four seasons, but he offers the Bills a rushing dimension veteran Matt Cassel cannot match. That rushing ability should land Tyrod Taylor on the streaming radar as long as he holds the job. He has 108 yards and a touchdown on the ground this preseason.
Aug 31 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bills coach Rex Ryan has not told any of his quarterbacks who will start Week 1.

Ryan said he planned to make his decision on Sunday, but at this point he has yet to tell whomever won the competition they will be starting. Schefter said Tyrod Taylor has "mounting support" because Ryan knows how difficult it is to defend a dual-threat quarterback.
Aug 31 - 9:45 AM

Rex Ryan said the Bills will make their decision on a starting quarterback Sunday.

The Bills don't plan to announce their starter, but there should be some clarity by early next week. Tyrod Taylor remains the favorite to start, though E.J. Manuel has put himself in the conversation after throwing for 170 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo's third preseason game.
Aug 29 - 8:00 PM

Tyrod Taylor competed 12-of-13 passes for 122 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game, adding one carry for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Taylor was the No. 3 quarterback through the rotation, but all three QBs played with the first-team offensive line. He showed good accuracy on all of his throws, and was able to go through his progressions from the pocket. Taylor did nothing to lose his lead on the Bills starting job, though E.J. Manuel also had a strong showing. Taylor is 24-of-31 for 266 yards (11.1 YPA), with 108 rushing yards and a touchdown through three preseason games.
Aug 29 - 7:12 PM

The Bills could use all three of their quarterbacks with the first-team offense in Saturday’s preseason game.

"I’m not going to tip my hand, but you are very intelligent," Rex Ryan said when asked if Buffalo would rotate quarterbacks. Most teams use the third preseason game as a regular season dress rehearsal, with the starters playing into the second half. The Bills using it as a deciding factor for their starting quarterback would be a concern from a chemistry standpoint. Buffalo’s offense has rarely played together this preseason, with LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Percy Harvin all dealing with injuries. Tyrod Taylor is the favorite to start Week 1, but the Bills have been giving first-team practice reps to all three quarterbacks.
Source: WKBW.com
Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team has not decided who their starting quarterback will be for the third preseason game.

The third preseason game is traditionally used as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, meaning the starter in that game would likely be the starter Week 1. Ryan has already said he plans to wait until the last minute to name a starting quarterback, so it is not surprising he has declined to name a starter for the rehearsal. Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor rotated first-team snaps in practice on Saturday, but Taylor remains the favorite to open the season as the starter.
Aug 22 - 12:35 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said after Thursday night's second preseason game that he's decided not to name a starting quarterback until Week 1 against the Colts.

"Yeah, I just decided that," Ryan said. "I'm not going to make that decision until we play Indy. Competitive reasons, whatever. Go for it. We don't need to tell them. Until the league makes us tell them, we can just go right up in there and say, 'We're not gonna say anything.' We may know. But why would we say any different? The quarterbacks that we're talking about, they're all three different. So plan for all three of them. And I think that's smart on our part." For those hoping Tyrod Taylor would be named the starter next week, it doesn't appear that will be the case. But deep down, Ryan has to believe Taylor is his best option.
Aug 21 - 10:17 AM

Tyrod Taylor completed 7-of-10 throws for 65 yards and rushed four times for 41 yards in the Bills' second preseason game Thursday night.

He started and played the entire first half. Taylor was sharp and efficient, ripping off chunk gains with his legs and flashing plus accuracy on difficult throws. He nearly threw a touchdown pass to WR Deonte Thompson on third-and-nine midway through the second quarter, but Browns S Johnson Bademosi had good coverage to break it up. Taylor certainly didn't hurt himself in Buffalo's quarterback competition tonight, consistently moving the offense despite missing all of the Bills' big-time skill-position players. Expect the Taylor-Matt Cassel battle to extend into the Bills' third preseason game.
Aug 20 - 9:38 PM

The Bills will be missing their top three receivers and top five running backs for Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

In other words, Tyrod Taylor will be up against it as he attempts to lock down No. 1 duties. Working in his benefit is the fact that Matt Cassel won't play. The Bills badly want Taylor to establish himself as the No. 1. Each of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Percy Harvin are battling day-to-day type injuries.
Aug 20 - 7:01 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that a strong performance from Tyrod Taylor in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns could earn him the starting job.

Taylor has been slowly seizing No. 1 status in camp, and the Bills may feel he could benefit from being officially named the starter before next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Breer does add that Matt Cassel has been much better than he was in the spring, and believes coach Rex Ryan has a "complicated" decision to make. E.J. Manuel is not part of that decision.
Aug 20 - 3:08 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said QB Tyrod Taylor has "everything you're looking for."

"Everybody knows what he can do with his feet. But I’m impressed with a couple of his throws," Whaley said. "We just have to make sure he can produce when his time’s called." Taylor completed 5-of-8 passes for 49 yards and added 47 yards on the ground playing with the second-team offense in the Bills' preseason opener. Another showing like that while working with the first-team in the second preseason game could win Taylor the job. With E.J. Manuel out of the race, Matt Cassel is Taylor's only competition.
Aug 18 - 9:51 AM

Tyrod Taylor emerged from the Bills' preseason opener taking first-team reps at Sunday's practice.

Taylor was Buffalo's most-impressive quarterback in Friday night's exhibition, completing 5-of-8 attempts for 49 yards while showing dynamic running ability with 47 yards on six rushes. Taylor also should've had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Thompson, but the roster-bubble wideout dropped the pass. Taylor played with the twos in that game. He'll start the next one.
Aug 16 - 12:12 PM

Tyrod Taylor will start Buffalo's second preseason game.

Coach Rex Ryan suggested last week the Bills would rotate quarterbacks in their first two preseason games. Taylor played behind Matt Cassel in the preseason opener, but earned the start after rushing for 47 yards and leading Buffalo to two scoring drives. He'll have a chance to distance himself from Cassel if his strong play continues. Taylor has the most upside of Buffalo's QB options.
Aug 14 - 10:46 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 5-of-8 passes for 49 yards in Buffalo's preseason opener, adding six rushes for 47 yards.

Taylor played with the second team behind Matt Cassel, with E.J. Manuel working with the third stringers. He led Buffalo to touchdowns on his first two series, setting up red-zone scores for Karlos Williams and Bryce Brown. Most of Taylor's success came in the read-option and on designed runs, but he was able to make throws from the pocket when needed. Taylor should have had a 20-yard touchdown, but Deonte Thompson dropped a pass in the end-zone. Taylor has a good chance to start Buffalo's second preseason game.
Aug 14 - 9:30 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Matt Cassel
3E.J. Manuel
4Matt Simms
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Anthony Dixon
3Karlos Williams
4Bryce Brown
5Bronson Hill
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Anthony Dixon
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Anthony Dixon
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Robert Woods
2Percy Harvin
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Andre Davis
WR31Percy Harvin
TE1Charles Clay
2Matthew Mulligan
3MarQueis Gray
4Chris Gragg
5Nick O'Leary
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay