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Sports Illustrated named Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor as their most surprising player of 2015.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated named Tyrod Taylor as the NFL's most surprising player of 2015.

This time last year, no one knew who the starting quarterback would be for the Buffalo Bills. The team had EJ Manuel and in early March they traded for Matt Cassel. Almost one week later, the Bills added free agent Tyrod Taylor. The Taylor signing wasn't met with much hoopla, but it turned out to arguably be the best free agent signing in the NFL.

Taylor won the starting job in Buffalo and led the team to an 8-6 record on the field. For the first time in a long time, it appears that Buffalo may have found a franchise quarterback. Taylor has been recognized by many publications for his strong season with the Bills and on Tuesday, Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated named Taylor as the NFL's most surprising player.

Here's a snippet of what Burke said in regards to Taylor:

He handily won the Bills’ job away from Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel, though, when he completed 77% of his passes and averaged 9.8 yards per rush this past preseason. Taylor carried that momentum into the regular season, helping push Buffalo to the brink of playoff contention in the process. Over 14 games, Taylor tossed 20 TDs to just six INTs, posted a 99.4 QB rating (seventh-best in the league) and rushed for nearly 600 yards.

Taylor took many by surprise in 2015 as noted by Burke. Entering 2016, Taylor won't be able to take anyone by surprise, but another strong season will result in the QB getting a large contract from the Bills.


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