The Buffalo Bills are playing it safe with Tyrod Taylor. Buffalo's starting quarterback split reps with EJ Manuel on Wednesday, leading many to believe that he'd be ready to start on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Instead, the quarterback is being held out for a second consecutive week. Here is what head coach Rex Ryan said about Taylor via BuffaloBills.com.
“Tyrod he did a nice job (Wednesday) and split the reps, but as he came back in the evening our medical people and doctors took a look at him and he certainly still has some soreness in that knee,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “It hasn’t healed all the way, so we’re not going to put him out there until he’s 100 percent. So we’re not going to play him in the game.”
Having Taylor at 100 percent is the smart decision. Buffalo enters their bye week following Sunday's game, so the extra time off should enable Taylor to get to 100 percent. With Taylor being out on Sunday, Manuel will get the nod for the second week in a row. Ryan sounded very encouraged by Manuel's practices this week.
“I think his accuracy has really improved,” said Ryan. “He had a great day (Thursday) throwing the football. So we’ll just see it carry into the game hopefully and I believe it will.”
Buffalo needs Manuel to play well on Sunday to move the team above .500 heading into their bye. Last week, Manuel completed 28-of-42 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added a rushing touchdown to open last week's game.
Manuel played well at times on Sunday, but he also struggled with his accuracy, a problem he's had his entire career, and his decision making. The quarterback threw short of the first down marker on third down during the game and missed some open receivers. Buffalo's offense had four drives that went 3-and-out and one three play drive that ended in an interception. He'll have to improve upon his perfrormance from Week 6 in terms of sustaining drives. If he does so, the Bills have a realistic chance to lick their wounds during the bye week with a winning record.