It was a decision that was not cut and dry at the outset, or at the start of the preseason, but as training camp came to a close and the preseason wound down head coach Rex Ryan saw who the best option would be for his number one quarterback for the regular season. That’s why Ryan decided Tyrod Taylor would be his starting signal caller for the Bills 2015 campaign Sunday, which was confirmed publicly by Ryan after the team’s practice Monday.
“This is a team and every decision we’ve made has been based on that,” said Ryan. “What’s best for the team, not what’s best for this individual or that individual, but for the totality of the team. Not just at quarterback, but at cornerback, at tackle, wherever, all the decisions will be based on that.”
Taylor’s performance through the spring practices and into training camp steadily improved much like his play in the team’s three preseason games. The fifth-year quarterback saw his completion percentage, passing yards, yards per attempt and passer rating all increase from the Carolina game to the Pittsburgh game.
“I think I’ve showcased what I can do in game action and of course to the coaches in practice on a daily basis,” said Taylor Saturday. “I’m comfortable and confident in the way that I’ve been playing.”
In his time on the field with the starting unit, Taylor went 19-23 passing (82.6%) for 187 yards (8.13 yds/att) and a passer rating of 100.5. Not counting a one-play kneel down possession at the end of the half against Cleveland, Taylor led the offense to points on six of his nine series in the preseason with four touchdowns and a pair of field goals. One of those touchdowns was a 20-yard run by Taylor himself this past Saturday against the Steelers.
“One thing I told myself going into the competition was to leave everything out on the field, the practice field and the game field,” said Taylor “At the end of the day don’t have any regrets. I’m pleased with the way I played. There are still some things to correct and still some ways to get better at so I’m looking forward to learning and just moving forward.”
Taylor’s first regular season start for the Bills against Indianapolis on Sept. 13th will also be the first NFL start of his career. The fifth-year quarterback has appeared in just 14 regular season games in his pro career, serving the previous four seasons as the backup to Baltimore starter Joe Flacco.
For those who think Taylor might not be prepared for the pressure that comes with being an NFL starting quarterback, the 26-year old’s approach is singularly focused.
“The only thing I can do is focus on what I do on the field,” said Taylor. “My mindset going into a game is just execution and going out there and moving the offense up and down the field.”
He’ll now have the opportunity to do so as the leader of Buffalo’s offense.
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