Brandin Cooks: Tyrod Taylor brings a different signature to the game

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For a player entering his eighth season, receiver Brandin Cooks has played with a lot of different quarterbacks.

He started his career with Drew Brees in New Orleans before catching passes from Tom Brady in New England. Then he had Jared Goff in Los Angeles before being traded to Houston to play alongside Deshaun Watson.

But with his pending legal situation, Watson is now the Texans’ fourth-string quarterback.

Enter Tyrod Taylor, who has proven himself to be a competent NFL QB since entering the league as a sixth-round pick in 2011.

Cooks, who recorded his fifth 1,000-yard season in 2020, said recently that Taylor’s experience is a benefit.

“Obviously, we know Deshaun is explosive, but at the same time, Tyrod has been playing in this league for a long time and that’s for a reason,” Cooks said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “He’s very smart, the way that he’s precise in his throws. He brings a different signature to the game, but I still will say in a great way for this offense.”

Cooks also noted he feels like he’s had to adapt to a new quarterback “every other year.”

“So for me, what I always tell guys is, finding out what your quarterback likes, molding into that, but also bringing your signature to the game,” Cooks said. “Because of all of the offenses I’ve played in, to be able to just mold into any offense and continue to perform at a high level, I take that seriously. And whatever I’m asked to do, I’m going to do to be able to help this offense to succeed the best that we can.”

The last time Taylor was a full-time starter was back in 2017, when he helped lead Buffalo to the postseason. That season, Taylor completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in 15 games with 14 starts.

5 responses to “Brandin Cooks: Tyrod Taylor brings a different signature to the game

  1. Competent is a good way to describe Tyrod. He is maybe a little better than competent – meaning he may win you a game or two during the season, but he will not lose one. He takes care of the ball, is careful with he passes and can take off and run. He took my Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons and we will always remember him for that. He is not going to win you a Super Bowl but could be the QB on a Super Bowl winning team (ie Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer).

  2. Love Tyrod don’t get me wrong he took us out of the drought years, but if unthink this team wins more then 1 or 2 game because of his steller play ur kidding yourself, he’s a decent backup maybe at this point in his career

  3. I always heard great things about Tyrod’s work ethic. He always tries his best. That’s all you can ask for.

  4. Tyrod Taylor and Nick Foles. Good guys, good citizens, good team mates, hard workers. Both are capable of streaks of good play, but neither has proven themselves capable of a sustained season of good play. Foles got lucky when one of his streaks coincided with a brief window of opportunity for a SB winning team. Both are high end backups and short term starters for teams looking for that franchise QB that neither are.

  5. As a Bills fan, I love Tyrod Taylor. Great person, great player, a real team guy. His problem is he lacks confidence throwing the ball and doesn’t always trust his receivers to make the play. That causes him to second guess the throw and tuck and run. This is sad, really, because the throws he does make are beautiful and on target, they’re just too few and too far between to give his team a chance.

    I don’t care for the Texans, but I would like to see Taylor let it fly and be successful for the team (and for himself).

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