If you had never heard of Tyrod Taylor before his week one performance verses the Colts, you were probably surprised at his productive day. He was an efficient 14-19 for 195 yards and a touchdown, while racking up another 41 yards on the ground. On the other hand if you have been following Taylor’s career from his college days, you know his upside and intangible talent.
“I like that explosiveness that Tyrod gives us and the fact that I think he is on top of what we are doing.” – Rex Ryan, Bills Head Coach
Taylor had a successful career overall at Virginia Tech. He led Tech to multiple ACC Championships, a Chick Fil-A Bowl Championship and is second for most victories by a Virginia Tech quarterback. His ability to elude pass rushers and defensive backs alike, brought flashes of the Vick years to Hokie nation and he was often considered a better pure passer.
“I prayed for the opportunity, God made it happen. Like I said he blessed me with this opportunity to come here, the coaches seen something and signed me and I haven’t looked back since then.” – Tyrod Taylor, Bills Quarterback
Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 6th round, he had seen little action in the years to follow as Joe Flacco’s primary backup. That changed this offseason when former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who is now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, put his trust in Taylor and gave him his first NFL regular season start. Ryan stated that he had tried “trading” for him at a previous coaching stop and had admired the young quarterback for a while.
Upon signing with the Bills, Taylor was thrusted into a three-man arms race for the right to the starting job with Matt Cassell and E.J. Manuel. He wasted no time in separating himself from the other two signal callers In the dress rehearsal (third preseason game), Taylor went 12 of 13 for 122 yards at 9.4 yards an attempt. All three signal callers played well in the game, but Taylor was the one who looked and performed like a starter.
“He’s tremendously smart; he reads the field tremendously well, even when he’s looking to the right he still knows what’s going on to his left. The dual threat I think is going to be tremendous for this team, with the weapons we already have. I think teams have to worry about that, but now they have to worry about his legs too and the four-four speed he puts on the field. I think it’s going to be tremendously dangerous for opponents to prepare for us.” – Percy Harvin, Bills wideout
Taylor did not disappoint and the Bills have begun the Rex Ryan era 1-0 with the 27-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He was surgical in the upset of the Andrew Luck led Colts, going 14/19 for 195 yards. He never looked rattled, remained posed and ran the offense well. What was most impressive were the “chunk” plays, he completed four passes that went 20 plus yards including a 51-yard strike to Harvin. Not a bad start at all, it’s only Week 1, but Buffalo feels like they finally have a signal caller to run their offense.