The Bills have their bye week this week, so Buffalo Football Report will evaluate the Bills current roster after seven games. We will discuss each player at each position and provide you positives and negatives with their play through seven games this season.
Positives: Tyrod Taylor has shown why he won Buffalo’s quarterback competition in his five games played. Against the Colts, Patriots and Dolphins, Taylor completed over 70 percent of his passes. Taylor’s accuracy sets him far apart from the quarterbacks behind him. In addition to his accuracy, Taylor has been able to use his mobility to avoid sacks and to keep plays alive. In five games, Taylor has only taken 14 sacks, eight of which came against the Patriots. On the ground, Taylor has rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.
Negatives: The biggest negative has been the fact that Taylor has missed two games with a MCL sprain. Without the quarterback, Buffalo has gone 0-2 and it has become painfully apparent that the team isn’t the same without Taylor on the field. It’ll be important for Taylor to return and show that he can stay healthy for the remainder of the season. In addition to missing two games, Taylor struggled in his last two games against the Giants and Titans. It’ll be important for Taylor to prove that the two games were flukes and that he can run the offense efficiently.
Future: The verdict is still out on Taylor. He’s obviously the best quarterback on Buffalo’s current roster, but he’ll have to play very well over the last nine weeks to ensure that he’s the starting quarterback of the Bills in 2016. If he struggles over the last nine games, Buffalo may select a quarterback high in the 2016 draft to compete with Taylor for the job.
Positives: Manuel didn’t pack it in after a horrendous start against the Jaguars. After gifting Jacksonville 20 points, Manuel continued to fight and made some impressive throws along the way. He’s been especially efficient when throwing to the right side of the field. In two starts, Manuel has completed 19-of-26 passes for 258 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Negatives: Manuel is still incredibly inconsistent at the position. At this point, it’s fair to say he won’t improve with his accuracy and it’s hard to watch him bounce short to intermediate passes to his receivers. His footwork, or lack thereof, hasn’t improved since he’s been drafted. Due to his knowledge of the playbook and lack of options, his status as the No. 2 quarterback on the team should remain intact.
Future: Manuel gives his best but there is no future between the quarterback and the Bills. His job should be in danger this offseason. If cut, he should land elsewhere and receive an opportunity to be another team’s backup quarterback.
Future: Johnson was simply signed because of Tyrod Taylor’s injury. He’s only 29 years old but he’ll never be good enough to win a starting job in the league. There’s a good chance that Johnson doesn’t finish the season on Buffalo’s roster.