It's possible that the Buffalo Bills found their franchise quarterback in 2015. Tyrod Taylor impressed in his first season as a starter and showed that he could win games with his arm or feet. In 14 games played, Taylor threw for 3,035 yards in Buffalo while tossing 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He added 568 yards and four touchdowns on the ground on 104 attempts, a 5.5 YPC average during this time. The dynamic quarterback went 8-6 as a starter in his first season and showed tremendous playmaking ability.
Due to his outstanding first season at quarterback, Pro Football Focus named Taylor as their Breakout Player of the Year. The analytics site cited Taylor's deep passing ability and ability to make plays under pressure. Here is what PFF had to say about Taylor:
One of the most impressive areas of Taylor’s game was his deep passing abilities, as he attempted an NFL high 18.2 percent of his total passes 20-plus yards downfield. He ranked second with 12 touchdowns and fifth with 1,014 yards. Despite attempting so many deep passes, Taylor kept a respectable 44.9 accuracy percentage that was good for 10th in the NFL.
Another area of Taylor’s game that surprised was his enhanced ability under pressure. While all quarterbacks become worse under pressure (and Taylor is no exception), he was less worse than the NFL average, as his passer rating dipped just 16.7 points (from 104.3 with no pressure to 87.6 under pressure) compared to 26.5 avg. (98.2 to 71.7).
Of all the things Taylor brings to the table, the most impressive part of his game is his uncanny ability to make the “wow” throws. He ranked third in the league in such throws with nine, behind Ben Roethlisberger (11) and Carson Palmer (10) and just ahead of Derek Carr at six. These “wow” throws are of variety that take incredible accuracy and timing, while beating extremely tight coverage.
The Bills landed an absolute steal…
Taylor is certainly deserving of the honor. The future is certainly bright for PFF's Breakout Player of the Year.