The recent trade of veteran quarterback Matt Cassel to the Dallas Cowboys says a lot about how the Buffalo Bills view Tyrod Taylor. From the front office on down, the entire organization is all-in on the fifth-year signal caller as they should be.
In his first two career NFL starts, Taylor has provided an instant spark from the quarterback position that has been missing at One Bills Drive for years. Sure, he has his flaws like any new starter, but that hasn’t stopped the man we call ‘T-Mobile’ from statistically standing out among his peers.
Through two weeks of the regular season Taylor currently ranks inside the top-10 in four vital quarterback categories. He’s compiled a 75.5% completion percentage and averaged 8.92 yards per attempt, both good for fourth best in the league. Tyrod also sits in 9th place with a 103.9 passer rating and has four passing touchdowns, one more than Peyton Manning for the 10th best ranking.
Here are the rest of his 2015 numbers (and rankings) through two games:
Passing Yards: 437 (21st)
Pass Attempts: 49 (30th)
CT %: 75.5% (4th)
YPA: 8.92 (4th)
TD: 4 (10th)
INT: 3 (6th most)
Sacks: 8 (2nd most)
Passer Rating: 103.9 (9th)
Rushing Yards: 84 (3rd for QB’s)
YPC: 6.0 (2nd for QB’s)
We already envision Taylor as an elite running quarterback and the statistics validate that making it six total categories that he’s ranked within the top ten. His accuracy and ability to move the chains has really been impressive as #5 has nine plays of 20 yards or more (2nd) from scrimmage. The long ball has been on point as well as Taylor is only behind Joe Flacco as the league’s most accurate deep passer.
All that being said Tyrod does have a few areas that need major improvement. His pocket awareness in regards to how he moves and slides to avoid pressure while still keeping eyes downfield wasn’t good in week two.
Taylor’s height sometimes limits his vision over linemen to find open receivers, but the quarterback also displayed some hesitancy in pulling the trigger when his guys were open. Additionally, letting the ball sail high which is something smaller signal callers battle will need to be avoided to cut down on interceptions.
We’ll check back on these numbers and rankings later but through two games, Bills fans’ should be very pleased and optimistic with the play of its new quarterback.