He only has 14 NFL starts under his belt, but Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor showed quite a bit of promise during that time. After making the most of his opportunity in 2015, Taylor is looking to take the next step at QB this year. Entering the final season on his contract with Buffalo, Taylor could set himself up for a major payday with a strong 2016 campaign.
After 14 starts, what is Taylor's ceiling? That's the question that Matt Claassen posed over at Pro Football Focus. According to the analyst, there's plenty to like about Taylor's overall game and his ceiling is that of a solid NFL starter. Claassen wrote:
Taylor was a pleasant surprise for Buffalo in 2015, finishing the year as the ninth-ranked quarterback in overall grade after playing just 128 snaps over the first four years of his career. He earned above-average grades in eight of 14 games, compared to just two below-average games, both of which came against New England.
Taylor makes some great plays with his mobility and can extend plays (he had the second-highest run game among QBs), but that certainly doesn’t mean his arm is limited in any way. In fact, he often made some impressive throws like the one below. On deep passes (20-plus yards downfield), Taylor ranked fifth in yards, second in touchdowns, and tenth in adjusted-completion percentage.
Like most quarterbacks, he did have some struggles under pressure. However, his 67.0 adjusted-completion percentage tied for ninth-best in the league, and his passer rating was still nearly 17 points above the league average. He also did well taking care of the ball, as his 14 turnover-worthy plays were tied for 10th-fewest in the league. With just 14 starts under his belt, Taylor still has to prove he can play at this level consistently and for the long-term, but what he has put on tape thus far looks promising that he can be a solid NFL starter.
Taylor had quite a few plays that left Bills fans with their jaws dropped last year, but Buffalo wants to see more from the quarterback before signing him to a large contract. If he picks up where he left off in 2015, the Bills will have no problem paying Taylor like a "solid NFL starter." Taylor may be the the long-term answer at QB that the Bills have been looking for since Jim Kelly retired.null