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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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Tyrod Taylor completed 14-of-28 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown in the Bills' Week 7 loss to the Dolphins.
He also led the team with 35 rushing yards to go along with an additional 10-yard touchdown. LeSean McCoy tried playing through a hamstring injury, only to be completely ineffective before getting yanked shortly after halftime. It's possible he re-tweaked the hammy. With no running game to speak of and no Sammy Watkins or Robert Woods, producing points was a chore for the Bills. Taylor's touchdown was a 67-yard bomb to Marquise Goodwin. Taylor and the 4-3 Bills host Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 8. Oct 23 - 4:38 PM

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Tyrod Taylor completed 17-of-26 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo's Week 6 win over the 49ers, adding eight carries for 68 yards on the ground.

With the Bills winning go away, Taylor spent the final seven minutes on the sideline in a baseball hat. Taylor was as poised as ever, deftly navigating the pocket and making sound decisions with the ball. His increasingly consistent, solid play has come despite having a receiver corps led by Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and now Justin Hunter. Taylor is coming into his own as both a "real life" quarterback and fantasy option. He's definitely on the Week 7 streaming radar against the Dolphins.
Oct 16 - 4:19 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 12-of-23 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns while rushing five times for 28 yards Sunday in the Bills' Week 5 win over the Rams.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 12 yards. It was a pretty lackluster performance but you would probably struggle too if your top receivers were Robert Woods, Charles Clay and Marquise Goodwin. Taylor did break loose for a 22-yard run at one point, but was mostly held in check. He padded Buffalo’s lead by slinging a six-yard touchdown to Goodwin late in the fourth quarter. That score was set up by a horribly ill-advised fake punt by the Rams. Taylor also contributed a first-half touchdown pass to Justin Hunter, who was making his Bills debut. Taylor obviously has a strong arm and can make plays with his feet, but without Sammy Watkins, his fantasy contributions are going to be few and far between. Tyrod and the Bills will try to extend their winning streak to four next week against the Niners.
Oct 9 - 9:16 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 27-of-39 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 28 yards in the Bills' Week 4 upset of the Patriots.

The Patriots tried to slow down Buffalo's running game and confine Taylor to the pocket, so he picked them apart with short passes underneath, finding Robert Woods seven times for 89 yards and Shady McCoy on six occasions for 38 yards and the score. Taylor will have a much tougher draw in Week 5 at Los Angeles, where he will continue to be a volatile fantasy option.
Oct 2 - 4:16 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he'd like to see Tyrod Taylor develop into more of a pocket passer.

"[It's] just gonna be a gradual process," Whaley said, "because of his background of being, 'If it's not there, let's go and take off.' That's no fault of his own, but that's something that he's gonna continue to develop and get better. The onus is on him, and I think he loves the challenge. He's a competitor, and I think he's going to continue each week to get better and better." Taylor has failed to top 119 yards passing in 2-of-3 starts this season and now gets a date with coach Bill Belichick. Taylor won't be a recommended start outside of two-quarterback leagues.
Sep 30 - 10:40 AM

Tyrod Taylor completed 14-of-25 passes for 119 yards and an interception in the Bills' Week 3 win over the Cardinals, adding nine rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

The Sammy Watkins-less Bills predictably got nothing going in the air against Patrick Peterson's Cardinals, but there were huge gaps available for LeSean McCoy and Taylor to run through. Taylor was un-touched on his scoring run and also broke off a 49-yarder on the ground. Taylor will continue to be a volatile QB1 streamer when the Bills face the Patriots in Week 4. Taylor had one big fantasy day and one big clunker when Buffalo played New England last year.
Sep 25 - 5:21 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan said he wants the offense to throw more under new OC Anthony Lynn.

"I want to be multiple. I want to be able to throw the football," Ryan said. "I want to be multiple in the running game, but I also want to be able to use the entire arsenal. The quick game, the intermediate game, and the deep passing game." Ryan can want as much as he likes, but the Bills simply do not have the weapons to be a consistent force through the air. Still, this proclamation could be good news for Tyrod Taylor, who had a much better stat line than performance Thursday night against the Jets.
Sep 17 - 12:07 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 18-of-30 passes for 297 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Buffalo's 37-31, Week 2 loss to the Jets.

He added two rushes for 25 yards. We got a little bit of everything from Taylor this evening, including but not limited to two massive deep-bomb touchdowns, a badly-underthrown interception and a concussion evaluation. The bombs were to Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas. The pick, Sammy Watkins, whom Taylor found just twice for 20 yards. The monster night on the heels of Taylor's dismal Sunday is a reminder of his volatility, but also monstrous upside. Taylor will remain decidedly boom-or-bust for Week 3 against Arizona.
Sep 15 - 11:49 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 15-of-22 passes for 111 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Bills' 13-7, Week 1 loss to the Ravens.

He added just 11 rushing yards on five keepers. Bills OC Greg Roman appeared to script the first couple series, which is typical for most teams, but the offense got off to a really slow start and never appeared to come out of the lull. Buffalo's only score came on a one-yard run from LeSean McCoy on fourth-and-goal after he was stuffed on first and second down. Taylor took two sacks Sunday, but absorbed a number of other big hits, leaving coach Rex Ryan to say after the game that he was concerned about the team's ability to keep Taylor healthy. The Bills host the Jets on Thursday night for Week 2. Taylor will be a QB2.
Sep 11 - 4:31 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 2-of-5 passes for 11 yards and rushed once for a gain of five in the Bills' third preseason game.

Taylor played very briefly, as the Bills took him out of the game early in favor of E.J. Manuel. Taylor took a sack, and afterwards coach Rex Ryan expressed remorse for putting Taylor out there at all. Taylor recently signed a new six-year, $92 million contract that is actually a one-year deal worth $9.5 million with a 2017 option worth nearly $28 million. The best news for Taylor is Sammy Watkins looked healthy coming off offseason foot surgery.
Aug 26 - 9:43 PM

Tyrod Taylor is owed a $15.5 million option bonus on the third day of the 2017 league year.

That bonus will serve as a deadline for the Bills to either pick up his $27.5 million in salary and bonuses for 2017 or release him, which they can do without any significant financial ramifications. $55 million of the total value of Taylor's deal is owed in 2018-21, money he will not see if the Bills decline the option next March. This is truly a year-to-year deal, meaning Taylor needs to play even better this season to see the majority of the "$92 million" he is owed.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 9:40 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Tyrod Taylor's "six-year, $92 million" contract contains a $27.5 million option for 2017.

Taylor will make $9.5 million this season, and that is the only guaranteed year of the deal. If Taylor plays well enough to convince the Bills he's worthy of a long-term commitment, he will make $27.5 million in 2017 ($12 million salary plus $15.5 million bonus), and the rest of the six-year, $92 million deal will kick in. It appears the Bills did a good job of protecting themselves in this contract. Taylor will continue to bet on himself this season. Should Taylor not play well, the Bills will be able to cut him next offseason.
Aug 12 - 4:04 PM

Bills signed QB Tyrod Taylor to a new six-year, $92 million contract with another $23 million available through incentives.

After years of instability at quarterback, Taylor gave Buffalo a steady presence under center last year, recording 20 touchdown passes to only six interceptions while adding 568 yards on the ground. He finished with the league's seventh-highest passer rating (99.4) ahead of established stars Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers. If a deal hadn't been reached, Taylor would have hit free agency after this season. Taylor is one of our favorite late-round quarterback targets in fantasy leagues this year. His rushing ability stabilizes his floor and gives him big week-to-week upside, and Taylor is a cheap way to get exposure to Sammy Watkins.
Aug 12 - 1:39 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Bills are discussing a two-year, $30 million "bridge deal" with contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor.

More specifically, in the "range" of two years and $30 million. It's certainly fair from the Bills' perspective — Taylor has only one starting season under his belt at the age of 27 — but the quarterback could understandably be angling for something better. Taylor has a tough call to make when it comes to betting on himself. It's quite possible 2015 will be his career year. According to ABC Buffalo, Taylor has not had an "ideal" start to camp.
Aug 4 - 4:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "plenty of optimism" the Bills will reach a long-term deal with walk-year QB Tyrod Taylor before the season.

Rex Ryan spent Sunday talking up his starting quarterback, calling him a "special talent." It is clear the coach wants to keep Taylor around, and it looks like GM Doug Whaley is leaning that way as well. Whaley said last week the "lines of communication are open" between the team and Taylor. Taylor threw for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns in 14 starts last season.
Aug 1 - 9:53 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Reggie Bush
4Jonathan Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Reggie Bush
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Robert Woods
2Justin Hunter
3Greg Salas
4Sammy Watkins
WR21Marquise Goodwin
2Walter Powell
3Brandon Tate
4Kolby Listenbee
5Marcus Easley
WR31Walter Powell
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
LT1Cyrus Kouandjio
2Cordy Glenn
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Eric Wood
2Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
2Ryan Groy
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
3Michael Ola
K1Dan Carpenter