If you watched Tyrod Taylor’s 14 games this season in which he accumulated an 8-6 W-L record in the first year as starter, then this may not come as a huge surprise. Still, some validation from one of the NFL’s elite player performance evaluators never hurt anyone.
Pro Football Focus recently published its top NFL quarterbacks for the 2015 season and for the first time in a while, the Buffalo Bills have a signal caller ranked highly on the list. Taylor finished with a PFF grade of 81.7 which is good for tenth-best in the league. Additionally, the article had this to say about T-Mobiles performance:
“A surprising inclusion into the top 10, Taylor made some of the best throws of the year. It was seemingly a weekly event watching him drop a perfect throw in the bucket down the field, but he still has great strides to make in the short (39th-best passing grade) and intermediate game (24th-best passing grade) to take the next step in his development.”
While I sometimes have my questions about PFF grades just like everybody else, that analysis seems pretty spot on. Tyrod has one of the most accurate deep balls in the NFL but can definitely improve on reading the defense and hitting on the short to intermediate throws.
Along with his big arm and running ability, Taylor was also so effective because he barely turned the ball over, setting a franchise record for the fewest interceptions (6) thrown in one season. Averaging about 27 passing attempts per game in Greg Roman’s run-heavy offense, #5 totaled 3,035 passing yards with 20 td’s, 6 INT’s and added 568 yards and 4 scores on the ground.
With all the weapons Buffalo now has on offense in addition to the emergence of Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins, this unit should receive plenty of hype heading into the 2016 season.