Bills made right decision by naming Tyrod Taylor starting QB

Updated: August 31, 2015
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The Buffalo Bills entered training camp with one of the most intriguing quarterback battles in the league. Matt Cassel was the longtime veteran who had started over 60 games in his NFL career. EJ Manuel was a first-round draft pick from only two years ago. Tyrod Taylor was a career backup in Baltimore for four years, with essentially only mop-up duty time in his NFL career.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Taylor has been named Buffalo’s starter for Week 1. He impressed in the preseason, where he threw for 236 yards and rushed for 108 more, all without turning the ball over. His most impressive outing came against the  Pittsburgh Steelers in the third preseason game, where he threw for 122 yards with a quarterback rating of 105.8.

The Bills could have gone with the safe pick in Cassel, or the former first-rounder in Manuel, but personally I think they made the right choice here, going with the guy that gives them the best chance to win.

The truth is, Cassel just hasn’t been very productive over the past three years — the year he took the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs is now five years behind him. As for Manuel, he has all the “tools” per say, but he struggles mightily to put it all together. With a 18-game sample size from Manuel, there is nothing he has shown to make anyone believe he can be a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL.

So why go with Taylor? Well, why not? Cassel and Manuel obviously aren’t the answers, why not go with someone who has a chance to prove himself?

Taylor was a dynamic player in college, but obviously fell in the draft because of his size and lack of accuracy. With four years of experience under his belt and NFL coaching, Taylor looks improved in his throwing motions and more accurate. Taylor is also a two-dimensional quarterback, with the ability to extend plays by running with the ball. However, he possess a great knack to get down and not get hit, something we have seen the likes of Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III struggle with throughout their careers.

In no way am I saying Taylor is a long-term solution at quarterback for the Bills, or even for this year. However, he gives the Bills a wild-card factor that Cassel and Manuel doesn’t. He has 16 games to prove he is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and as of right now, he deserves that.

The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, and if they want to end that drought, Taylor was their best option this year. Remember, this is a team that went 9-7 with Kyle Orton at quarterback last year. If they can get just a little better quarterback play out of Taylor, watch out for the Bills this season.


Jimmy Siettmann

Jimmy Siettmann

Jimmy Siettmann is an NFL contributor to SidelineSports. Jimmy is currently a journalism major and hopes to have a career in sports journalism either writing or doing radio. Jimmy has also written for TheDesireToWin on all things sports.

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