Inside The Bills

To spy or not to spy Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2016 – 10:25 am

Through the first three games of the season when Tyrod Taylor has dropped back to pass he’s had a linebacker spying him at times. Not often, but enough in Week 1 and Week 2 to keep Taylor from really victimizing Baltimore and the Jets in the first two games this season.

Last week against the Cardinals, there wasn’t much spy at all and Taylor rolled up more than 70 yards on the ground including a 20-yard touchdown run on a broken pass play.

That kind of production all but guarantees Taylor will be seeing a lot more linebacker spies when he drops back to pass moving forward. When asked what he’s expecting from New England, Taylor said a little bit of everything.

“They mix it up and I definitely anticipate they’re going to mix it up this time around too,” Taylor said.

Taylor doesn’t believe that opponents will do a lot of spying on him simply because to do so they have to commit their most athletic linebacker. That takes their best cover linebacker out of the equation and as Taylor sees it that’s fine by him.

“If you have your second-best cover linebacker on Shady that’s to our advantage,” said Taylor.

Regardless of what kind of advantage it might present to the Bills offense, head coach Rex Ryan believes Taylor’s production last week will compel opposing defensive coordinators to spy Taylor at times even if opponents have to commit their most athletic linebacker.

“We can expect a lot more of it, especially in the passing game,” said Ryan. “That’s when we’re going to see it the most. The thing is the guy that you usually put a spy on him has to be one of your best athletes or he’s not going to be able to keep up with Tyrod. But it is something we definitely have to expect.”

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