Bills QB Tyrod Taylor admitted to be ‘shocked’ by his benching

 ORCHARD PARK – Tyrod Taylor looked exactly like you would expect someone to look after just having had his job taken away, particularly a job as public as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills.But give Taylor his props for being a professional because he certainly didn’t have to stand up and answer any questions about a decision he did not make, a decision he clearly does not agree with, yet the now former starter did so Wednesday morning.“Obviously disappointed,” Taylor said. “I don’t agree with the decision, but the decision was made and you have to move forward.”The decision by Sean McDermott to bench Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman was a bombshell, to be sure. It’s not very often a coach benches the veteran quarterback of a team that is currently in the playoff picture for a fifth-round draft pick who has thrown exactly 10 NFL passes, all in supreme mop-up duty three days earlier.But that’s what happened at One Bills Drive, and Taylor is now relegated to backup duty as the Bills enter the most critical portion of their season with road games at the Chargers Sunday, the Chiefs next week, and at home against the Patriots on Dec. 2.“Ultimately coach McDermott has a vision for this team and what he feels is best for the team as well as the owner and GM,” Taylor said. “I have to move forward and continue to be the teammate and leader I am from a different role.”When he was asked if he was shocked when McDermott told him the news Tuesday, Taylor said, “Yes.”He then shared some of his feelings, saying, “Whenever you take someone off the field, stop them from competing, it’s a tough feeling to go through. Last year was a little different (when he was benched for the season finale), but some of the same feelings are still there. We still have a season ahead of us, things can happen, and I have to continue to be in it mentally and prepare my body physically if Continue Reading

Bills to start rookie Nathan Peterman at QB, bench Tyrod Taylor against Chargers

The Buffalo Bills announced that they will start rookie Nathan Peterman — and bench Tyrod Taylor — against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.Coach Sean McDermott announced the switch in a press conference Wednesday morning, less than 48 hours after reiterating that Taylor was still the team's starting quarterback. He said he made the decision by himself Tuesday morning and informed general manager Brandon Beane. MORE: Here's how the Los Angeles Rams rebuilt Jared Goff almost overnight MORE: NFL hot seat rankings: Can Giants' Ben McAdoo survive 'inexcusable and frustrating' year? "Tyrod was our starter when you guys asked me that question, both Sunday and again on Monday," McDermott said. "Just like I do every week, I continued to evaluate our team, continued to evaluate our situation. Thought about it, slept on it and I felt like we needed to move in a different direction at this time."Peterman and Taylor both played in last week's 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Taylor, who became Buffalo's starting quarterback in 2015, completed nine-of-18 passes for just 56 yards and one interception. Peterman, meanwhile, went seven for 10 for 79 yards and a touchdown in relief. Taylor has completed 64.2% of his passes while throwing for 1,684 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions this season."This is not an indictment on Tyrod. He's an important part of our football team, and will continue to be an important member of our football team," McDermott said.Sunday will mark Peterman's first NFL start. The fifth-round draft pick started his collegiate career at Tennessee and transferred to Pittsburgh, throwing for 2,855 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a senior last year.Taylor told reporters he was "obviously disappointed" with McDermott's decision."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 Continue Reading

Is it time for the Bills to bench Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman? Not yet

UPDATE: Nathan Peterman has been named starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chargers: Full story------------ORCHARD PARK — Bills fans had been clamoring for Nathan Peterman to play since the preseason, and every time Tyrod Taylor has struggled — which hasn’t been too often this season — the cries for the rookie quarterback could be heard again.Well, Peterman got on the field Sunday at the end of the 47-10 blowout loss to New Orleans, and in his NFL debut he completed 7 of 10 passes for 79 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Nick O’Leary.The ball had barely reached O’Leary’s arms in the end zone and already you could hear the calls to make the switch to Peterman full-time. Never mind that by the time he got into the game, the Saints weren’t playing prevent defense, they were playing no defense, so disinterested were they as they sat on a 44-point lead looking forward to the happy flight home to the Bayou on the wings of a seven-game winning streak.If the Bills haven’t snapped out of their funk and are essentially out of the race in another month, I’ll be ready for this conversation, but for right now, Taylor is the best option for the Bills, and that’s what Sean McDermott said Sunday in three succinct words: “Tyrod’s our starter.”Let’s not forget, as ridiculous as it may be to consider the possibility given what we all saw Sunday, the 5-4 Bills remain right in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. Their task to stay in it is difficult the next three weeks with road games at the Chargers and Chiefs and a home date with the Patriots, but the math says Buffalo has almost a 50 percent chance to qualify for the postseason.Taylor, despite his limitations, still gives the Bills their best chance to win. He was lousy Sunday, but when you look at his overall performance to date, he’s probably having the best season he’s had since he came here in 2015. I Continue Reading

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor cleared to play, will likely start vs. Jets in season opener Sunday

The Jets already had very few winnable games on their schedule, and that number likely shrank Tuesday. Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been cleared to play in the season opener against Gang Green Sunday in Buffalo, according to ESPN. Taylor was in concussion protocol for the past two weeks after leaving the Bills’ third preseason game on the opening drive. He passed the protocol Tuesday after returning to the practice field Monday, and is now in line to start Week 1, per ESPN. This is bad news for the Jets, unless you’re rooting for a full-on tank. Bills backup quarterback T.J. Yates also suffered a concussion in the Aug. 26 loss to the Ravens and was placed on injured reserve. If Taylor didn’t clear protocol in time for Sunday’s opener, the Bills would’ve been forced to start rookie Nathan Peterman, a 2017 fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh. Buffalo also added 30-year-old quarterback Joe Webb on Tuesday morning as a precautionary measure. Now the Jets will be facing the much more dynamic and explosive Taylor, who threw for 3,023 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 starts last season. Taylor also rushed for 580 yards in 2016 in his second straight campaign as the Bills starter. The Jets certainly still have a chance to top the Bills this weekend, even with their barren roster. Buffalo also appears to be in rebuilding mode after dealing No. 1 wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams and top cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles in a flurry of moves earlier this month. Nonetheless, the challenge is more daunting with Taylor under center.  Continue Reading

Daily News Sports Talk Podcast: Legendary Australian Open final, defending the Tyrod Taylor is better than Eli Manning argument

On this week's episode of the Daily News Sports Talk Podcast, host Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) offers his thoughts on the two Australian Open finals featuring four legendary tennis players. Daily News NFL writer Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) then joins the show to defend a column he wrote last week. Walder would take Tyrod Taylor over Eli Manning as his quarterback in 2017, and he goes in depth on what led him to that conclusion. Walder and Popper also break down the Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Falcons. Continue Reading

Why Tyrod Taylor would be a better Giants quarterback than Eli Manning

I'd rather have Tyrod Taylor as my quarterback in 2017 than Eli Manning. Before you bolt, let me explain. Over the second half of the season, I've engaged in a repeated debate with my Twitter followers over the current skill level of Manning. I was stunned at the benefit of the doubt so many fans give him. Sure, he's won two Super Bowls for you, but what has he done for you lately? How good is he actually right now? In my opinion: not good. When I say that, I mean relative to the other starting quarterbacks in the NFL, of course. Compared to them, Manning was straight up below average last year. Don't believe me? Let's run down some of the numbers. In 2016, Manning finished 20th in Football Outsiders' passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), 22nd in ESPN's points added, 27th in QBR and 22nd in's adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). All of those statistics essentially attempt to -- in their own way -- capture the value a quarterback adds to his team in a given game or season. Are you cynical of advanced stats? Fine. Well he was 22nd in passer rating, too. Below average. That simple. You can still win with him, sure, but he needs help. Like a killer defense and a receiver like Odell Beckham Jr. That's how the Giants got to the playoffs: by helping Manning, not because of him. Enter Taylor. The quarterback whose roster spot on the Bills is somehow in question. The quarterback that is still underrated after two solid years in Buffalo. Why is he overlooked? For two major reasons. 1. A large part of Taylor's value comes from his legs. When fans look at basic passing stats, Taylor's traditional numbers don't look all that impressive. 3,023 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns last season. But he added 580 yards on 95 rushing attempts (that's 6.1 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. 2. Part of Taylor's value comes from Continue Reading

The Jets are keeping a close eye on the Tyrod Taylor situation with the Bills

The smokescreens, misdirection, half-truths and outright lies run rampant this time of year when the circle of trust is as large as a penny. The start of NFL free agency this week has prompted inquiring minds to wonder how the quarterback-starved Jets will address their biggest need. There's no elixir out there at the moment, but keep an eye on Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor if/when he shakes free in the next week. The hubbub about the Jets interest in pending free agent Mike Glennon has been largely overblown. Although Mike Maccagnan & Co. are intrigued by the Buccaneers backup signal caller, the feeling on One Jets Drive is that he's not going to be worth the $14-plus million-per-year deal that he's in line to get in the coming days. The Jets, frankly, believe that he's destined for the Chicago Bears. The Jets view Glennon, who will turn 28 in December, as a solid player with a definite ceiling that isn't high enough to get them to where they ultimately want to go. Glennon is 5-13 as a starter with a 59.4 career completion rate and 84.6 passer rating. He hasn't started a game since 2014. Will they inquire about Glennon after the start of the legal tampering period on March 7 (noon)? Sure, but barring a philosophical shift, they're not willing to be the highest bidder for Glennon's services. (Have they already inquired about Glennon during the illegal tampering period at the scouting combine in Indianapolis last week? Of course).  Free agency can spiral into Thunderdome, so it's wise never to say never. The early indications, however, are that at least one team will be willing to pony up more loot for Glennon than the Jets. One thing is clear: The Jets don't believe that Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will be the Week 1 starter. The feeling in the organization all last year was that Petty's ceiling was NFL backup. The overriding belief on One Jets Drive is that Hackenberg isn't even close to Continue Reading

Why does Eli Manning rate lower on EA Sports’ Madden 17 than Tyrod Taylor? Let us explain

Giants quarterback Eli Manning put together arguably the finest statistical season of his career in 2016, throwing 35 TD passes (tied for second-most in the NFL) and just 14 interceptions (tied for the second-lowest full-season total of his career). Not that video games care much for such career years. On Wednesday, EA Sports released its full list of player ratings for the upcoming Madden 17 video game, and Manning drew little love. The two-time Super Bowl MVP draws an 81 overall rating, tied for 20th-best among QBs and nowhere near the Madden Holy Trinity of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (96), New England's Tom Brady (94) and Carolina's Cam Newton (94). Manning even rates behind Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor, who hasn't even proven he's the Bills' long-term answer at QB, weak-armed Chief Alex Smith and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston, who ranked below Manning in every major statistical category. Yes, it's painful, and yet somehow, it's not wildly surprising. Madden ratings often reward wild athleticism, and Manning has precious little of that; few could argue that his speed (rated a 68), acceleration (69) or agility (58) have been unfairly slighted. His awareness is rated an 87, the same as Newton and just four points off Rodgers. It's a blend of that poor athleticism and average accuracy stats that seem to hurt Manning: he grades out with an 88 for short accuracy, 88 for medium accuracy and 83 for deep accuracy. Most of the game's elite QBs have one or two accuracy stats rated in the 90s. Manning's accuracy grades may seem unfair given that Manning posted the second-best completion percentage of his career. But then again, that 62.6% completion figure was far from elite; Manning ranked just 19th in the NFL in completion percentage, just behind San Francisco's Blaine Gabbert (63.1%). Manning also has a history of being scatter-armed; he's thrown 25-plus interceptions twice since 2010. And while Brady Continue Reading

Tyrod Taylor is among the NFL’s most valuable players

Tyrod Taylor is not one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL. I'm not sure he even cracks the top-15 for most experts. But one thing is for sure: Tyrod Taylor is one of the league's most valuable players.I mean that in the financial sense. Taylor is not anywhere close to the MVP race. But his $9.7 million cap hit in 2017 makes him one of the rare middle-tier quarterbacks who is paid accordingly. In an era in which the middle class quarterback market has all but disappeared, Taylor stands alone.This is Taylor's third year starting for the Bills. He's been a league-average quarterback for all three of those years - despite not playing with a very good receiving corps or coaching staff until this season - and, at 28, he is just starting to hit his prime. Typically that combination of production and youth would be enough to net Taylor a monster deal. We've seen quarterbacks like Mike Glennon and Brock Osweiler get money without the production. The 49ers will likely have to pay Jimmy Garoppolo over $20 million next season and he's only played one full NFL game.Taylor, meanwhile, has had to sign a new deal every offseason since taking over the Bills starting job. Even with his team sitting at 5-2, he still doesn't have the complete backing of fans in Buffalo and it's not a given that the front office will keep him around beyond this season.So why has Buffalo been so reluctant to commit to Taylor? The same reason Colin Kaepernick is without a job (well, kind of) and the same reason teams weren't willing to give a talented player like Robert Griffin III another chance while apparently fighting over Brian Hoyer: Teams still haven't embraced mobile quarterbacks. Especially mobile quarterbacks who look a certain way.Calling Taylor a mobile quarterback is a bit reductive. He's a talented passer. He's one of the league's best deep passers, he avoids turnovers and has improved in the pocket each of the last three seasons. Even without his mobility, Taylor is a better Continue Reading

If Tyrod Taylor keeps playing well, Bills have an interesting decision for 2018

ORCHARD PARK – The NFL trading deadline almost passed without incident, but at the very last minute, the Bills made a huge move by acquiring wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers. This on the heels of the big trade of Marcell Dareus last week.As for monumental decision-making, that’s pretty much it for general manager Brandon Beane until the start of the 2018 league year in early March because from now until then, there will be just the typical weekly tweaks to the active and practice squad rosters.But on that third day of the NFL calendar in 2018, the Bills have a whopper of a decision to make: Pay Tyrod Taylor the $6 million roster bonus he will be owed, bumping his salary to $16 million for the year, or move on from the man who has been the starting quarterback since 2015. More: Bills make big splash again, acquire WR Kelvin Benjamin from Panthers More: Dareus speaks in Jacksonville, admits being shocked by trade from Bills There was a time when this seemed like a no-brainer, meaning no way the Bills would consider it. What else were people to think when it became obvious the Bills were stockpiling as many 2018 draft picks as possible, presumably to make a run at one of the upper-echelon quarterbacks due to be coming from the college ranks?However, Taylor’s recent play may be altering the thinking of the brain trust. In the last two weeks, Taylor has helped guide the Bills to impressive victories over the Buccaneers and Raiders, and in so doing, he has completed 40 of 60 passes for 433 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers.Coming off the bye, Taylor looks to be a more confident player, and he seems to be more in tune with coordinator Rick Dennison’s offense. The improvement in the running game has obviously helped, but Taylor has completed passes to nine different targets in each game, and he has made better decisions regarding when to stay in the pocket and deliver the ball, or take off and Continue Reading