Inside The Bills

Bills QB position ranks middle of pack

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2016 – 1:31 pm

Buffalo had the most encouraging quarterback play from a new starter since the days of Drew Bledsoe in 2015. Tyrod Taylor won the three-man quarterback competition and impressed in his first year as a starter. That helped the Bills rank in the middle of the pack when it came to the 32 quarterback depth charts in the NFL.

Pro Football Focus ranked each of the quarterback situations in the league. Buffalo ranked 14th. Here was their assessment.

14. Buffalo Bills

Starter: Tyrod Taylor
Backup: E.J. Manuel, Cardale Jones

Key stat: Taylor gained 566 rushing yards last season, 405 of which came on QB scrambles.

Tyrod Taylor was a revelation last season for the Bills, who entered camp with a QB competition involving Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. Taylor was supposed to be an afterthought, but he won the job and was impressive during the regular season, making plays with his legs and hitting on some of the best passes thrown by any QB in the NFL. The question is whether that’s as good as he can get, or whether there is more development left in him after a year as a starter. If he can improve the intermediate efficiency of his game, Taylor can become an excellent QB, but there is no guarantee he can. Taylor is still too reliant on his legs for impact plays, with 566 rushing yards last season, 405 of which came from scrambles on passing plays. Those are obviously positive additions, but they illustrate a tendency to take off and a potential inability to make enough plays with his arm so far.


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