Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor needs to stay mobile vs. Atlanta Falcons


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Tyrod Taylor earned a solid B-plus for his performance against the Denver Broncos in a 26-16 win for the Buffalo Bills.

There was a lot to like about what Taylor did against a pretty good Denver defense, but here’s what I liked best: He got out on the edges of the pocket and was more of a dual threat as a runner and passer. In the first two games, that really wasn’t the case and I thought offensive coordinator Rick Dennison made a good decision to incorporate more moving pocket looks in his plan. 

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There were three obvious plays where this worked, almost to perfection. On the 31-yard pass to tight end Nick O’Leary, Taylor rolled to his left, threw against his body, and lasered one to O’Leary who tracked the ball well and made the catch near the sideline. On the TD pass to Charles Clay, Taylor did a nice job to roll right, and just when it looked like he was going to tuck it and run, he stopped and found Clay in the end zone. Clay was the third option on that play, so I really liked that. There was also a play Taylor missed, and it was the usual Taylor bugaboo that foiled it — his inaccuracy. Zay Jones came free on a crossing route over the middle with Taylor rolling left, but Taylor overthrew the wide-open rookie.


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By completing 20 of 26 passes, Taylor compiled the best single-game completion percentage of his career (76.9). He only had 213 yards, but there were four completions that went for at least 25 yards, the most he’s ever had in one game.

If Taylor can give the Bills something like this every week, or preferably better, it would go a long way toward unlocking the running game which has been completely stymied the last two weeks, and in turn, that gives the entire offense a better chance to operate efficiently.

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