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Taylor vs. other Bills 1st yr. starting QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2016 – 11:15 am

With Tyrod Taylor’s first season as a starting QB with Buffalo now in the books we decided to take a look at how Taylor’s passing numbers stacked up with other Bills signal callers in their first year as starters for Buffalo.

With a tip of the hat to our media relations department, here’s a look at how Taylor ranks in the passing game.

The criteria was in their first season as starter they had to start in at least 10 games.

Taylor was one of only four quarterbacks to post a winning record (8-6). He leads all first-year Bills starters in yards per attempt (7.99), had the fewest interceptions (6) and the highest quarterback rating (99.4).

The rushing stats (2nd table below) Taylor’s numbers are even more impressive. He is the franchise single-season leader in rushing yards by a QB (568). And even though he does have the most rushing attempts he still leads first-year Bills starting QBs in yards per carry (5.5).

Bills Quarterbacks in first year as starter (min. 10 starts) – Passing

AVG./ INT QB
QB YEAR W-L GP GS ATT CMP YDS PCT. ATT. TD INT PCT. RAT’G
Dennis Shaw 1970 3-8-1 14 12 321 178 2507 55.5% 7.81 10 20 6.23% 65.3
Joe Ferguson 1973 9-5 14 14 164 73 939 44.5% 5.73 4 10 6.10% 45.8
Jim Kelly 1986 4-12 16 16 480 285 3593 59.4% 7.49 22 17 3.54% 83.3
Doug Flutie 1998 7-3 13 10 354 202 2711 57.1% 7.66 20 11 3.11% 87.4
Drew Bledsoe 2002 8-8 16 16 610 375 4359 61.5% 7.15 24 15 2.46% 86.0
EJ Manuel 2013 4-6 10 10 306 180 1972 58.8% 6.44 11 9 2.94% 77.7
Kyle Orton 2014 7-5 12 12 447 287 3018 64.2% 6.75 18 10 2.24% 87.8
Tyrod Taylor 2015 8-6 14 14 380 242 3035 63.7% 7.99 20 6 1.58% 99.4

Bills quarterbacks in their first year as starter – Rushing

QB YEAR W-L GP GS ATT YDS AVG. TD
Dennis Shaw 1970 3-8-1 14 12 39 210 5.4 0
Joe Ferguson 1973 9-5 14 14 48 147 3.1 2
Jim Kelly 1986 4-12 16 16 41 199 4.9 0
Doug Flutie 1998 7-3 13 10 48 248 5.2 1
Drew Bledsoe 2002 8-8 16 16 27 67 2.5 2
EJ Manuel 2013 4-6 10 10 53 186 3.5 0
Kyle Orton 2014 7-5 12 12 15 14 0.9 1
Tyrod Taylor 2015 8-6 14 14 104 568 5.5 4

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