Tyrod Taylor has openly stated that he feels he deserved more support from the Buffalo Bills during the time he was with the team, and the quarterback is clearly carrying that perceived disrespect with him into the 2018 season.
In an appearance on NFL Network Wednesday, Taylor said he is “definitely motivated” by the way the Bills bailed on him and would love an opportunity to prove to them that they made a mistake.
“Definitely motivated. Things didn’t end the way I would’ve liked it to in Buffalo,” Taylor said, per Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “We could possibly see those guys in the playoffs or we could knock those guys out of the playoffs. I would definitely love that. It definitely added motivation and I take it to work with me every day.”
You’d have to be insane to predict a playoff matchup between the Bills and Cleveland Browns, but you have to admire Taylor’s level of confidence. Hue Jackson has said Taylor is going to be the starting quarterback even though the team drafted Baker Mayfield, so Taylor should have plenty of motivation to reward his coach for believing in him.
Taylor said recently that he believes he did plenty to earn a job as Buffalo’s starter in 2018 and beyond, but the Bills chose to go in another direction. The chip Taylor has on his shoulder might lead to a few wins for the Browns this season, but making the playoffs seems like an impossible task.
The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs last season, but that wasn’t enough to keep quarterback Tyrod Taylor with the team.
Now a member of the Cleveland Browns, Taylor didn’t hide how aggrieved he was that the Bills did not see fit to retain his services. It’s quite clear that he feels a bit bitter toward former coach Sean McDermott, jokingly asking a reporter who covered him in Buffalo if the coach knew he was at Cleveland camp.
“Whether I was or whether I wasn’t, I’m not there anymore. That’s his decision moving forward,” Taylor said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “I still feel that I’d done more than enough to stay where I was. But at the end of the day, they made a decision to move forward. And that’s their decision.”
Taylor clearly feels he played a major role in helping the Bills evolve into actual playoff contenders after the longest drought in American sports was broken last year.
“It was special to be a part of a team last year that was able to break a 17-year (playoff) drought,” Taylor said. “We didn’t finish the season the way we wanted to, but at the end of the day, we were able to change the culture. That was something that I set as a goal for the team. The main goal, to win a Super Bowl, wasn’t accomplished, but we were able to do some very special things in the three years that I was there and I have nothing to regret or to hang my head (about) in my time there. There’s nothing to be disappointed about.
“We were able to be in the playoff hunt each year. My first year, we knocked the Jets out of the playoffs the last game. We were eliminated the week before, so (the Bills were still alive for the postseason until the) second-to-the-last week of the season. But that was something that wasn’t necessarily the case prior to the time that I was there.”
Taylor and McDermott clearly didn’t quite end up on the same page. After all, Taylor was benched despite leading the team to a 5-4 record, only to take the job back after his backup turned in a disastrous performance. You can see why Taylor would be a bit upset, but it was time to move on for everyone.
Richie Incognito said last month that football has taken a toll on him and he is done playing, but it is looking more and more like he just didn’t like the situation he was in.
The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that they have released Incognito from the reserve/retired list, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that roster move came after Incognito informed the team he wants to play elsewhere in 2018.
Richie Incognito told the Bills he wants to unretire, per source, which is why Buffalo released him from its Reserve/Retired list. Bills and Incognito both moving on – Incognito with hope of playing somewhere else.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2018
Incognito agreed to a pay cut earlier in the offseason that reduced his base salary from $6.3 million to $3.7 million, so he may have had second thoughts about playing for less money after a productive season in 2017. If that is the case, it would also help explain why he decided to fire his agents in such bizarre fashion a month ago.
While he was recently outspoken about the stress of football becoming too much for him, Incognito clearly just wants out of Buffalo. The team has granted him his wish.
Richie Incognito said last month that football has taken a toll on his mind and body and he has decided to retire, but it will be interesting to see if he now changes his mind.
On Monday, the Buffalo Bills announced that they have released Incognito from the reserve/retired list. That means the veteran offensive lineman is free to sign with another team if he chooses to keep playing.
Incognito previously made a bizarre decision to fire his agent over Twitter, and he seemed like he was unhappy after he agreed to take a pay cut with the Bills. There was speculation that he may have been trying to force the Bills into releasing him because he didn’t want to play in Buffalo and/or under his new deal, but the 34-year-old said he is definitely retiring.
No one would be surprised if Incognito suddenly changes his mind, as he was still one of the best offensive linemen in football last season.
The Buffalo Bills will be retiring their third jersey number in franchise history this season, and frankly it seems long overdue.
Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas, who spent 12 seasons with the Bills from 1988-1999, is set to be honored prior to the team’s Oct. 29 game against the New England Patriots. His No. 34 jersey will join Jim Kelly’s No. 12 and Bruce Smith’s No. 78 as the only jerseys the Bills have retired.
Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey will become the third number retired in franchise history when the Bills take on the Patriots (Monday, Oct. 29).
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) May 16, 2018
Thomas ranks 16th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 12,074 yards. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a five-time Pro Bowler who played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo, all four of which the team infamously lost.
Like many other retired players, Thomas has opened up in recent years about the long-term health effects playing football has had on him. He’s one of the most recognizable faces in Bills history and is certainly deserving of joining Kelly and Smith.
Josh Allen and his fellow Buffalo Bills rookies were on the field Friday for their first minicamp practice, and a very special guest was in attendance. How special? Allen’s reaction to meeting him says it all.
Jim Kelly, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, watched Allen throw passes and chatted with the former Wyoming star for a while. Allen said he was “shaking” after meeting the Hall of Famer.
Josh Allen to reporters as Jim Kelly walked him off the field after practice: “I’m shaking right now. This is the greatest quarterback in Bills history.” pic.twitter.com/ldWDN1XcWf
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 11, 2018
QB Josh Allen: “I’m still shaking from meeting Jim Kelly. I hope he’ll be a mentor to me. Jim has done so much for this franchise and the city of Buffalo.” pic.twitter.com/mwyj9CuG2f
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 11, 2018
As you can see, Kelly was using a cane to help him get around. The 58-year-old recently underwent another surgery after his cancer returned, but it’s a great sign that he felt well enough to attend the Bills’ practice.
While rookie minicamp can be a bit boring, Allen’s first day on the practice field was anything but. Between meeting Kelly and already getting trolled by one of the NFL’s best defensive backs, you could say Allen got tossed right into the fire.
The Buffalo Bills opened their rookie minicamp on Friday, which gave folks a chance to see first-round pick Josh Allen in action. It also gave Jalen Ramsey an opportunity to take his first shot at the former Wyoming star.
Players were on the field in shells and shorts, and the Bills shared a video on social media of Allen taking his first snaps of the offseason.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 11, 2018
Ramsey, who was apparently not impressed with the play design, Allen’s mechanics, or both, described the half-hearted throw as “a pick waiting to happen.”
— DavidKim (@realdavidkim) May 11, 2018
Perhaps realizing how cruel it was to jump down a rookie’s throat right away, Ramsey deleted the tweet and wrote the following:
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) May 11, 2018
The Jaguars travel to Buffalo to face the Bills this season, so Ramsey will get his shot at welcoming Allen to the NFL if the rookie is starting by then. We have seen examples of the star cornerback being one of the biggest trash-talkers in football, so it’s no surprise he wanted to be the first to rip on Allen.