Tyrod Taylor gets chance, probably helps case

AP

The Bills not only have a training camp and preseason quarterback battle, they might not have a quarterback at all.

So, Tyrod Taylor’s extended audition Thursday night was important both for Taylor making his own case and for the team in evaluating what it has.

Taylor did little in the way of spectacular in a half against the Browns Thursday. Perhaps more importantly, considering the way this defense is built, he didn’t make any silly mistakes. Taylor completed 7-of-10 passes for 65 yards and rushed four times for 41 yards in leading the Bills on two long drives that ended in field goal tries; one was successful and one missed.

He showed command of the offense, extended plays with his feet and spread the ball around despite playing without the team’s top three receivers.

“We did some good things,” Taylor said at halftime, via team-distributed quotes. “Of course we would have preferred to come out with seven points on a couple of those drives but we were able to move the ball up and down the field. There are a couple of things we did out there that we can learn from.”

Team-distributed quotes rarely have much sizzle. The Bills need smart, solid play more than they need sizzle from the quarterback spot, especially when they get their full crew of skill players back. The team’s top five running backs missed the game with various injuries, too.

Taylor, who just turned 26, played in 14 games in four seasons as a backup in Baltimore but has never started a game. The Bills announced before Thursday’s preseason game that Matt Cassel, who started last week’s preseason opener, would dress but that the team’s plan was to play Taylor first, then E.J. Manuel.

Bills coach Rex Ryan has said he won’t name a starter until just before the Sept. 13 season opener vs. the Colts. More than likely, the battle will continue. Taylor goes forward with at least some momentum.

15 responses to “Tyrod Taylor gets chance, probably helps case

  1. Taylor started at least one game. It was 2012 against the Bengals in Week 17. The Ravens were locked in their playoff seed, so the sat all starters. Tyrod started and looked downright pitiful.

  2. He also played the entire half with a 6th string tailback and 6th and 7th string receivers. With all those third down conversions he played about as well as he could’ve.

  3. Actually, Tyrod didn’t start that Week 17 game of the 2012 season. It was Joe (he has started every single game in his career), but yes, he took over pretty quickly (I think at the end of the first quarter) and his turnovers basically settled the result in that game. But a lot of time has passed since and I really like what Tyrod brings to the table. He may not be a star and was never going to start with the Ravens, but that’s not what the Bills need right now: that defense is SCARY and, with a quarterback that doesn’t turn the ball over and can make a couple of big plays (either with his arms or legs), they can be a winning team this season. Tyrod can be that and I wish him the best.

  4. He also completed passes against the 5 & 6 CB’s (one a rookie) and a rookie safety starting for Cleveland. Haden, Gipson, Desir, and K’wuan Williams were all inactive.

  5. A few hours earlier, PFT advised us that the Browns were down 8 DBs for the game. Now, Tyrod Taylor is talked up. Perhaps the lack of DBs made it a little easier for Taylor. But go ahead and bet on his success in meaningful games against starting DBs if you want.

  6. He’ll be nothing more than a game manager. Those are the worst QBs because they keep you in the 15th-20th pick of the draft where your odds of finding a franchise QB deteriorate rapidly.

  7. So the Browns played Scurbs at DB against the Scrubs in the Buffalo WR corps, so TT should have lit it up? Uhm, no. Considering the DB’s just need to stick with the WR, and the WO needs to read coverage, run the right routes, catch the ball, in bounds. I’d say the browns could have left the DB’s off the field and I’d still be happy with Taylor’s performance.

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