Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Bills Bench Tyrod Taylor: Did the Quarterback Get a Fair Shot?

Nathan Peterman to Start for Bills vs. Chargers over Tyrod Taylor Quick Hits: Peterman to start at QB Sunday
Elias Hubbard | 16 November, 2017, 02:21

Tyrod Taylor had plenty of supporters outside of Buffalo, but for numerous Bills fans who have watched each of his 38 starts over the past three seasons, coach Sean McDermott's decision to bench Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman this week is a welcome development.

Sunday's brutal loss was Taylor's worse statistical performance since he arrived in Upstate New York and considering that he just signed a two-year deal worth $30.5 million, this decision by McDermott does come as a head-scratcher.

"We'll see if this makes us a better football team", McDermott said.

Taylor was never going to work in Buffalo, but not for lack of effort on his part. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 79 yards and threw a touchdown pass, though it was against as soft a defense as possible with the score 47-3 at the time. Peterman was selected in the fifth round of the draft after splitting his college career at Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

Even with two straight losses, the Buffalo Bills are 5-4 and a legitimate playoff contender in the AFC. We are 5-4. I understand that, and we are in the playoff hunt at this point. "I wouldn't make this move if I didn't think he was ready".

BC-FBN-Bills-QBs, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 821Bills bench QB Taylor in favor of rookie PetermanAP Photo NY158, NYFF125Eds: Updates throughout with quotes, reaction and details. "He handled himself well in the game the other day", McDermott said.

In relief, Peterman outplayed Taylor in only two offensive series on the field. In August they traded franchise receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, 2015 second-round pick and the team's top cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia, and last year's second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland to Kansas City. "We're going to support him". "It wasn't like they were giving him just a little bit". He's a hard worker, dedicated to improvement, whom teammates respect and admire.

Taylor has a 20-18 record since taking over as the Bills' starter in 2015. "Obviously, got us into the end zone, so that was a positive". As a decision-maker, you have to be able to, or willing to, take calculated risks to get to where we're trying to go.

Brass-balls moves don't scare these guys one bit.

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