(Photo from www.fanduel.com)
As the Bills were staring down the face of a large potential problem at QB, they decided it was time to take action. Former first round pick from Florida State E.J Manuel just wasn’t progressing as they’d hoped and Matt Cassel wasn’t getting any younger. That’s when the Bills decided to take action. They subsequently signed Tyrod Taylor to a 3 year $3.35 million contract, which turned out to be one of the biggest steals in NFL history.
Taylor easily beat out Cassel and Manuel for the starting QB job after the pre-season and was named the starter for
the up-coming season. As Taylor entered the NFL by way of the 6th round, he spent four years at #2 on the depth chart behind Joe Flacco growing and getting acclimated to the NFL game. In his first season as a starter for Buffalo, Taylor exploded on the scene and finished the year with a more than solid stat line which included 14 starts, 3,000+ yards, 20 TD’s, 6 INT’s, as well as 568 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns. He also allowed the rushing attack to become explosive with the threat of being a read-option QB allowing LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams to become one of the best tandems in the league.
What makes Taylor such an effective option at QB is his ability to run around and extend plays. He’s arguably the most explosive and elusive QB we’ve seen since the great Michael Vick who practically revolutionized the position. His football IQ, vision, deep ball accuracy, and ability to read the the defensive line are all major pluses in Taylor’s game. His ability to throw the deep ball to elite weapon Sammy Watkins was a troubling factor for all the defenses the Bills played in the second half of the season. Upon completion of a great season, Taylor was name a Pro Bowl replacement for Cam Newton. He set multiple Buffalo Bills records last season:
- Highest Completion percentage in single game (91.7%)
- Most rushing yards by Bills quarterback in single game (79)
- Most rushing yards by Bills quarterback in single season (568)
- Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception in Bills history (222)
And he also has two NFL records:
- Fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 100 yards, run for at least 70 yards and catch a pass in a single game
- Third quarterback in NFL history to average more than 40 yards rushing per game and have a QB rating of 99
On this play, Taylor takes a shotgun snap, reverses a couple steps as the pocket collapses, and he re-gathers his feet to fire a deep bomb to his receiver who makes an easy catch for a 40 yard touchdown.
In this video, Taylor once again received the snap in the shotgun where he calmly remains in the pocket and lets the pass rip to running back Karlos Williams for a 26 yard touchdown right in the middle of the defense.
(Video from www.highlighthub.com)
Here is the final video where Taylor shows his athleticism. On this play Taylor was still a Raven, and once he runs the play action roll out he breaks Justin Houston’s ankles and goes on a run for the end-zone.
(Video from www.imgur.com)
Overall, Tyrod Taylor offers the complete package at QB and has given the Bills offense a new weapon to build around. The man they call “Tygod” has proven he is cut out for this league and now needs to prove he can perform at a good to great level for years to come. Consistency is about the only thing left for Tyrod Taylor to achieve before he can be considered one of the upper-echelon Quarterbacks.
Bills Put O.J. Simpson’s #32 Back in Rotation for First Time Since 1977
For the first time since 1977 the Buffalo Bills have put #32, the number famously associated with O.J. Simpson, back into circulation and new free agent signee Senorise Perry is now wearing the number during OTAs, according to ESPN.
“I thought it was retired, but then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it,” Perry said of the number, according to The Athletic.
“I know the situation. I know that greatness comes with that number, playing in Buffalo. But I’m willing to take anything that comes my way. I’m going into my sixth year, and I know what it takes to get in this league and stay here. With that number on my back, I know I’m doing well for my family.”
Simpson rushed for 10,183 yards and 57 touchdowns, leading the NFL in rushing four times during his nine seasons playing for the Bills, but his post-career life has been marred with numerous troubles with the law and his controversial trial, and outcomes, stemming from the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, which he was acquitted for in 1995, but found liable by civil court for wrongful death.
Simpson, 71, was sentenced to prison in 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping after entering a Las Vegas hotel room to recover stolen memorabilia items, and paroled in 2017.
“Whatever they do is fine with me,” Simpson said, according to the Athletic. “That’s how I feel. When I played there, I tried to honor the team. Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.
“And, to be honest, it’s not something I think about. There’s too much else going on in life.”
Simpson’s number was never retired, although he is on the team’s Wall of Fame at New Era Field.
WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo
In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.
Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.
Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:
- Caught 71 percent of the passes
- Targeted 449 times
- 319 passes caught
- 130 passes dropped
- 3,271 reception yards
- 23 Touchdowns
For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.
Bills Looking Into Disturbing Domestic Violence Allegations Against LeSean McCoy
The Buffalo Bills are aware of and looking into domestic violence allegations against running back LeSean McCoy, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
McCoy’s longtime girlfriend Delicia Cordon was shown bruised and bloody in an Instagram post made by a woman, who is a friend of Cordon’s, who accuses McCoy of “viciously” beating Cordon, his son and a dog.
You can see the full instagram post below:
@shadymccoy is THE DEVIL!!! YOU ARE AN ANIMAL!!!!!! We didn’t say anything about how you beat your dog “Henny” into kidney failure. Let’s not talk about all the times my best friend had to stop you from VICIOUSLY beating your son for small things like peeing in the bed. We kept quiet about your drug usage … all the ILLEGAL steroids and needles you were using, but we will not keep quiet about this!!!!!! I can’t believe you did this to my best friend!!!!! YOUR KARMA IS GOING TO BE SO REAL!!!!!! The world needs to know what type of animal you really are!!!!!!! This was just her yesterday on the left and now this morning this is her on the right!!!! #WomanBeater #AnimalAbuser #ChildAbuser @nfl @tmz_tv @buffalobills
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