As Buffalo Football Report mentioned earlier in the day, some Buffalo Bills had a chance to make the Pro Bowl as alternates on Monday. Eric Wood and Tyrod Taylor were announced as alternates by the team on Monday. Both players will be replacing members of the Carolina Panthers. Wood will be going in place of Ryan Kalil and Taylor will be replacing Cam Newton.
Wood and Taylor will be making the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl for the first time in their respective careers.
Wood has been with the Bills since the team drafted him 28th overall in the 2009 NFL draft. The former Louisville Cardinal has appeared and started in 95 games over his career with Buffalo. Wood played a big part in opening running lanes for a team that finished first in rushing this season. Wood had a terrific bounce-back season after struggling throughout the 2014 season, possibly due to the poor guard play around him last year.
Wood is the first Bills center to appear in the Pro Bowl since Kent Hull. Hull appeared in the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons (1988-1990).
Taylor was added to the Bills roster via free agency this past offseason. He turned down more money from the Broncos for the opportunity to play in Buffalo. That opportunity allowed Taylor to prove that he belongs in the NFL as a starting quarterback.
The former Virginia Tech Hokie started in 14 games with Buffalo this season and had an 8-6 record as starter. On the field, Taylor threw for 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He completed 63.7% of his passes for 3,035 yards while adding an additional 568 yards rushing. Taylor set a Bills record for QB rushing yards in a season in 2015.
Taylor will be the first Bills quarterback to appear in the Pro Bowl since Drew Bledsoe in 2002. If Taylor is able to make the Pro Bowl next season, he'll be the first Bills QB to appear in consecutive Pro Bowl games since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.null