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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback | #5

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Cleveland to target Tyrod Taylor if he's released by the Bills.
Taylor is fully expected to be released by Buffalo, and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reiterated it on Tuesday. The Bills brought in new coach Sean McDermott and are overhauling the coaching staff, while GM Doug Whaley has never seemed to be a big fan of Taylor after ex-coach Rex Ryan handpicked him and started him over Whaley's bust, E.J. Manuel. Taylor will have no shortage of suitors once he's free. He'd be a fine match in Cleveland with Hue Jackson. Jan 17 - 8:24 PM

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Bills coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo during his introductory press conference.

Taylor was reportedly a favorite of Anthony Lynn, who was expected to land the head job in Buffalo this offseason. But instead the Bills hired McDermott (Lynn is now coaching the Chargers), leaving Taylor in a cloud of uncertainty. McDermott met Taylor for the first time on Friday and said he will evaluate the Bills' quarterback situation "methodically" in the coming weeks. The Bills could address quarterback in the draft if they choose to move on from Taylor this offseason.
Jan 13 - 2:24 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bills owners "expressed remorse" to interim coach Anthony Lynn for making him bench Tyrod Taylor in Week 17.

The bizarre move to bench Taylor came down from ownership, who deemed it a "business decision." Per Rapoport, Lynn "likes Taylor" and wouldn't have benched him on his own. Most reports have suggested the Bills are ready to move on from Taylor but perhaps they're reevaluating that stance. Taylor will never be an elite downfield passer but his mobility is a huge plus and he's better than any quarterback the Bills have had in recent memory. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Buffalo's next head coach would have more control over the 53-man roster. If Lynn lands the job as many expect, there's a good chance he'll maintain Taylor as the team's starting quarterback.
Jan 8 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bills continue to have no intentions of picking up Tyrod Taylor's $15.5 million option bonus this offseason.

By exercising the option, the Bills would guarantee Taylor $30.75 million over the life of his contract. That's something they seem uncomfortable with, despite Taylor significantly improving the offense in Buffalo the past two seasons. Before Taylor, the Bills were 26th in scoring. The past two years, the Bills have been 10th and 11th. It's unclear why the Bills even handed Taylor this contract in the first place last offseason. He met expectations in 2016 and wasn't the reason Buffalo didn't make the playoffs. If Taylor is let go, he'll have no trouble finding a starting job elsewhere. The Bills could be looking at a full rebuild.
Jan 6 - 11:07 AM

Tyrod Taylor is undergoing groin surgery on Thursday.

Taylor reported the news himself on Snapchat, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds the quarterback is facing a six-week recovery. That is good news for the Bills, who need Taylor to be able to pass a physical before March 9 in order to release him. Even if the Bills move on as expected, Taylor should have little trouble finding another opportunity in free agency.
Jan 5 - 10:50 AM

Tyrod Taylor said he has "done enough to be the starter" for the Bills moving forward.

"That decision is on the Bills and we'll see what the future holds," Taylor added. Taylor was open with the media about his disappointment on Monday, repeatedly saying the starting job "was taken from" him. Taylor is right he has played well enough to remain the starter in Buffalo, but it does not look like that will happen. Taylor will almost certainly be traded or released this offseason.
Jan 2 - 10:11 AM

Bills declared QB Tyrod Taylor, TE Gerald Christian, CB Stephon Gilmore, OT Cordy Glenn, WR Dez Lewis, TE Logan Thomas and DT Adolphus Washington inactive for Week 17 against the Jets.

Taylor was ruled out earlier this week and could be headed for hernia surgery. It's entirely possible that Taylor has played his final game in a Bills uniform. Preston Brown (foot), Zach Brown (illness), Charles Clay (knee), John Miller (hip), Sammy Watkins (foot) and Kyle Williams (back) are all active for Buffalo. E.J. Manuel will draw the start at quarterback.
Jan 1 - 11:37 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Bills made the decision to move on from Tyrod Taylor (groin) "weeks ago."

Taylor has been benched for Week 17 and might need groin surgery despite being left off the final injury report. That surgery could complicate the Bills' plan to move on as Taylor's contract calls for a guaranteed $30.75 million if he cannot pass a physical by the start of the new league year. This saga should dominate the Rotoworld headlines in the early part of 2017.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:01:00 PM

Tyrod Taylor will meet with a doctor in Philadelphia to determine if he needs hernia surgery.

The Buffalo News reported earlier Thursday that Taylor has been dealing with a "severe groin injury" for the better part of a month. The Bills' plan was to sit Taylor this week so he wouldn't get hurt, but it's already too late. Taylor's contract calls for a guaranteed $30.75 million if he can't pass a physical by the start of the new league year. A hernia operation will have him borderline. It's a potential worst-case scenario for the Bills, who have shown Taylor they don't believe in him. E.J. Manuel has already been tabbed as the Bills' starter for Week 17.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn termed Tyrod Taylor's Thursday absence as a "veteran's day."

Lynn said he wanted to get Taylor "off his feet," whatever that means. Lynn also said Taylor could be active on Sunday. The Bills are benching Taylor to avoid serious injury triggering $30.75 million in guarantees. The Buffalo News has also reported Taylor is playing through a "severe groin injury." Something is off in Buffalo.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports Tyrod Taylor has played through a "severe groin injury" for the past month.

Here we go. The Bills benched Taylor for Week 17 in part because they would owe him $30.75 million guaranteed if he suffered a serious injury, but the quarterback might have already been dealing with a groin issue that Carucci reports "could need more attention in the offseason." If Taylor does need surgery, it could throw the Bills' apparent plan to move or cut him into disarray. For what it is worth, Taylor said he did not have a "groin issue" when asked about the injury in November. This saga will be one of the more interesting ones to follow throughout the early part of the offseason.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Tyrod Taylor is not practicing Thursday.

The absence is being attributed to a hamstring injury, but it seems more likely it is in response to the Bills benching Taylor earlier in the week. It looks like Taylor and Buffalo are headed for a divorce this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:06:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bills will bench Tyrod Taylor for Week 17 against the Jets.

If the Bills were interested in seeing what they had in a younger player, they would start fourth-round rookie Cardale Jones, but they are turning to E.J. Manuel instead, who is a free agent after this season. This is purely a business decision by Buffalo, who would owe Tyrod $30.75 million if he was injured in the finale. As it stands, they have the option to release the quarterback in the offseason, which seems likely considering Taylor's benefactor, Rex Ryan, was shown the door on Tuesday. Immortal GM Doug Whaley will likely push for current interim coach Anthony Lynn to keep the job and take another swing at finding a franchise quarterback. His last effort landed Manuel.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 26-of-39 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns in the Bills' 34-31, Week 16 overtime loss to the Dolphins.

Taylor added 12 rushes for 60 yards, but it wasn't enough for the Bills in a game they had to have. Taylor was often throwing to wide open receivers, but also uncorked some beautiful deep balls. He was not the problem for coach Rex Ryan in his latest gut-wrenching loss. Awful tackling and special teams blunders doomed Buffalo. Facing questions about his future in Buffalo, Taylor gets a Week 17 audition against the humiliatingly-bad Jets.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:04:00 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak does not expect the Bills to re-negotiate Tyrod Taylor's contract this offseason.

The Bills have to make a decision on Taylor's contract by March 11. If they do nothing, his deal becomes a one-year, $29-million pact. That almost certainly will not happen, meaning the Bills will either exercise his option for the 2018-21 seasons or release him. Exercising the option would guarantee Taylor $30.75 million over 2017 and 18. Taylor has struggled down the stretch, but the Bills do not have a better option currently on the roster. This will be one of the most interesting situations to watch this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
4Josh Woodrum
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Reggie Bush
4Jonathan Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Reggie Bush
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Justin Hunter
WR21Robert Woods
2Brandon Tate
3Marcus Easley
WR31Marquise Goodwin
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Gerald Christian
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Ryan Groy
2Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
3Michael Ola
K1Dan Carpenter