Jim Kelly, the greatest quarterback in history of the Buffalo Bills, showed that he was a big Tyrod Taylor fan on Tuesday. The Hall of Fame quarterback appeared at a “Play 60” event at the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club training facility in London on Tuesday and praised Buffalo's starting quarterback. Here is what Kelly told reporters in attendance, via The Buffalo News:
“Tyrod’s just a great athlete,” Kelly said. “Look at what he’s able to do running the football. Defenses have to totally have a different game plan. EJ is a good athlete, too. But Tyrod has that ‘it’ factor being able to make things happen. The more you see him, the more reps he gets, the more playing time he gets, the better he will get. There’s no doubt.
“I have a lot of confidence in him. It’s the best I’ve seen in years here. I think we will learn a lot more if he stays healthy,” Kelly added. “When you are a great athlete like that, being able to get down and being able to play smart—we need to keep him healthy. ... You can still do it. You just have to be smart in knowing when to get down. Sometimes, when you’re such a great athlete, you let your instincts take over and you want to get those extra two, three, four yards.”
It's hard to argue with Kelly's high praise as Taylor has done a great job this season for the Bills. The quarterback is Pro Football Focus' fourth rated passer in deep passing, completing 10-of-23 deep passes (over 20 yards) for 328 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He's completed as many deep passes as Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer. Only Andy Dalton (13) and Blake Bortles (16) have completed more deep passes this season.
Taylor is also among the best quarterbacks in the league at PFF when it comes to being under pressure. His accuracy percentage of 75.8 is fifth best in the league when facing pressure. In terms of general completion percentage, Taylor is rated fifth inthe NFL with a 70.1 completion percentage.
Of course, Taylor also has the ability to run with the ball. He's fourth in the NFL among quarterbacks in rushing yards, only trailing Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.
While it's important to not rush Taylor back, Buffalo's chances of winning on Sunday will be greatly increased if Taylor is under center for the Bills.