The Buffalo Bills were able to grind out a win in blizzard conditions against the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, and as a result they remain squarely in the playoff hunt. It sounds like it will be up to Tyrod Taylor to keep them there.
Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because of a knee injury, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the veteran is expected to start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Bills head coach Sean McDermott reiterated on Wednesday that Taylor remains the team’s starter when healthy.
Rookie Nathan Peterman played well in Week 14 all things considered, but he left the game with a concussion and remains in the concussion protocol. In the event that neither Taylor nor Peterman can play, the Bills would be forced to start Joe Webb in an important divisional game.
Tyrod Taylor avoided structural damage when he suffered a knee injury in last week’s loss to the Patriots, but it sounds like there is a good chance he will have to miss at least one game.
On Friday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Tyrod Taylor was expected to get in a limited practice. However, he hinted that the veteran quarterback is more likely to serve as rookie Nathan Peterman’s backup on Sunday.
Taylor was fortunate that he did not sustain ligament damage, but he was carted off the field last Sunday with a towel draped over his head. He appeared to be in a great deal of pain after tweaking his knee in the first quarter and again on an incomplete pass attempt in the second half.
While beating the 3-9 Colts at home should not be difficult, Peterman did throw five interceptions — yes, five — in the first half of his NFL debut a few weeks back. With the Bills still in the playoff hunt, they can only hope Peterman finds a way to avoid another disaster if they need him to start.
Tyrod Taylor left Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, but the quarterback has since gotten good news.
On Monday, the Bills announced that Taylor has a patellar tendon contusion and did not suffer any ligament damage. He is considered day-to-day.
Taylor tweaked his left knee early in on in his team’s loss to the Patriots, and he appeared to hurt it again after being hit on an incomplete pass attempt in the third quarter. He was carted off the field with a towel on his head and replaced by rookie Nathan Peterman.
The Bills say Taylor will remain the team’s starting quarterback if he can get healthy, and it sounds like his knee injury will be an issue of pain management going forward.
Tyrod Taylor was knocked out of Sunday’s game for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots with a knee injury.
The Bills quarterback tweaked his knee early in the game on a run. Then he appeared to hurt his left knee again after being hit on an incomplete pass attempt in the third quarter.
Taylor was carted off the field and had a towel over his face as he was taken away in Buffalo.
He was replaced by Nathan Peterman at quarterback. Taylor was 9 of 18 for 65 yards and an interception prior to leaving the game.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott appears to be ready to admit that he made a mistake by benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman last week.
On Wednesday, McDermott announced that the Bills are going back to Taylor as their starter for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
There was no reason for McDermott to bench Taylor in the first place. The veteran had thrown just three interceptions on the season and became an obvious fall guy after an embarrassing loss at home to the New Orleans Saints — one in which Buffalo’s defense allowed nearly 300 yards rushing.
Taylor ended up playing in the second half of last weekend’s game against the San Diego Chargers after Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half. McDermott has been bashed by everyone from fans to analysts to current NFL players, especially since he benched Taylor with the Bills still very much in the playoff hunt. It will be interesting to see how Taylor responds in Kansas City.
Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott’s big quarterback gamble backfired spectacularly, and he’s had to go crawling back to his former starter in Los Angeles.
With the Bills trailing 40-7 after rookie Nathan Peterman’s five first half interceptions, McDermott went back to Tyrod Taylor for the team’s first drive of the second half.
McDermott is in for a nightmarish postgame press conference. After abruptly benching Taylor, who had been solid enough for the team, Peterman came out with one of the worst quarterbacking performances you will ever see. Odds are McDermott will have to go crawling back to Taylor no matter how he looks playing out garbage time in the second half — Peterman simply isn’t good enough.
The Buffalo Bills made the puzzling decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman in Week 11, and it backfired in historic fashion. One former member of the team was not surprised by the results.
Peterman threw four interceptions in the first 17 minutes or so of Buffalo’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jerome Felton, a fullback who played for the Bills in 2015 and 2016, was one of many who criticized Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott for benching Taylor.
The Bills traded away Sammy Watkins during the offseason, though they recently acquired Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers. They also have Jordan Matthews, who had some stretches of solid play with the Philadelphia Eagles last year but has struggled to stay healthy. No one would say Buffalo has the worst wide receiver corps in the NFL, but you get the point Felton was making.
Taylor has thrown 10 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions this season, meaning Peterman already had more picks than Taylor before halftime of the rookie’s first NFL game. Richard Sherman was even tougher on the Bills with his tweet, and McDermott is sure to be showered in insults for the foreseeable future. The Bills were 5-4 and firmly in the playoff conversation at the time they made the QB switch.
The Buffalo Bills’ controversial decision to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman looks worse and worse.
Peterman’s NFL career started with two interceptions on his first two drives as an NFL starter on Sunday, with the benched Taylor looking on from the sideline. That caught the attention of injured Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who made his feelings clear on Twitter.
Many Bills fans would probably agree with Sherman’s assessment — and Taylor, who was open about his disagreement with the decision, may privately be thinking the same. The Bills were 5-4 and in the playoff hunt with Taylor under center, and so far, Peterman looks like an obvious step backwards.
The Buffalo Bills’ decision to bench Tyrod Taylor this week probably signaled the end of the quarterback’s time with the franchise, but that does not necessarily mean he will be released during the offseason.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports was told by several NFL executives that the Bills should find plenty of suitors for Taylor if and when they decide to shop him around. Taylor has a $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the league year in March, but his $10 million base salary is more than reasonable for a starting quarterback.
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Buffalo has a $6M roster bonus due to Taylor in the first week of free agency in March, but, with just a $10M base salary other GMs see that as a trade-able contract with some value, given Taylor’s productivity, age, upside and unique athleticism. Other GMs identified the Jaguars, Broncos, Cardinals and Saints (if Drew Brees leaves as a free agent) as possible destinations. Those teams have strong defenses and other parts in place who are very likely to be on the market for a quarterback upgrade next season
Taylor only turned 28 in August, and he has not been bad in 2017. He has a passer rating of 91.4 and has thrown 10 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. His worst game came against the New Orleans Saints last weekend, but the Bills allowed nearly 300 yards rushing and were dominated in every phase of the game. There’s no way Taylor could have made a difference with how poorly Buffalo’s defense played.
The Bills will almost certainly release Taylor if they can’t find a trade partner, which is why teams may be content to just wait it out. However, if a team values him enough, it may be worth spending a low draft pick to prevent him from hitting free agency.
If the NFL playoffs started today, the Buffalo Bills would be in. Despite that, they are making a change at quarterback heading into Week 11, and Tyrod Taylor seems just as surprised as the rest of us.
Shortly after Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that Taylor is being benched in favor of fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman, the veteran said he is “obviously disappointed” but vowed to continue trying to be a leader.
“I don’t agree with the decision, but ultimately Coach McDermott has a vision for this team, what he feels is best for the team, as well as the owners and GM,” Taylor said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “So I have to move forward and continue to be the leader and teammate that I am from a different role.”
Taylor, a team captain, has not played poorly all season. He had a rough game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but the Bills allowed 298 rushing yards and five scores on the ground. Tom Brady wouldn’t have been able to win given how poorly Buffalo’s defense played. You can’t blame Taylor for being puzzled, but he is doing his best to take the high road.
“You learn from playing,” he said. “We’re 5-4. Games didn’t go the way we liked, some of the ones that we lost. You got to learn from it. I wouldn’t say you can pinpoint one thing that I did that led to this decision.”
Unless Peterman gets injured, it seems like the Taylor era in Buffalo is over. The 28-year-old is due a $6 million roster bonus next year and is scheduled to make $10 million in base salary for 2018. It’s unlikely that the Bills will keep him around, but Taylor still believes he can be a franchise quarterback.
“[I’m] very confident in my ability,” he said. “I think I’ve grown as a player the past three years and I’m going to continue to keep growing, whether I’m playing on Sundays or learning right now. I’m going to keep growing and I have full confidence I can be a franchise quarterback when the opportunity presents itself. I’ll continue to keep doing the things I know how to do.”
Taylor has a passer rating of 91.4 this season and has thrown 10 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions. If the Bills were out of playoff contention, you could understand them wanting to develop a rookie. Given the situation they find themselves in, benching Taylor seems like a huge mistake.