A full-blown rebuild has taken place down in Buffalo this offseason. Recently, the team traded away two of its best players on the roster. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in return for a second round pick in next year’s upcoming draft. They also traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles. So how will all of these moves affect the Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor?
He no longer has Sammy Watkins to throw the football to, however; the Bills decided to trade for Jordan Matthews after they parted ways with Watkins. Taylor may have an upgrade in Matthews when it comes to having a reliable receiver to the throw the football to, but will he remain healthy for the entire 2017 season? Matthews is week to week after suffering a chip fracture in his sternum during practice.
Those types of injuries could ruin the chemistry that could have been established between Tyrod Taylor and Jordan Matthews going into the 2017 season. Jordan Matthews is on my fantasy football team by the way. Bills head coach Sean McDermott is trying to play down the talk of the team rebuilding in 2017, but the recent moves that they have made over the weeks show otherwise.
Not too long ago I listed the Buffalo Bills as having one of the top rosters in the National Football League. As of right now, the team is a shell of its former self. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy is the only bright spots on this ball club at the moment. He will have to make due of what he is surrounded with going into 2017.
LeSean McCoy is still an outstanding running back that will be able to take some of the pressure off of Taylor, but that’s about where it ends for the Bills offense. From the looks of it, I do not believe that Tyrod Taylor will be in the plans for the Bills future going forward. In the fifth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the team selected quarterback Nate Peterman out of the University Of Pittsburgh.
According to recent reports, Peterman is flourishing in training camp so far. The progression of Nate Peterman means that Taylor must have a breakout season to land a huge payday with another football team. It would help if he could throw for 5,000 yards like Drew Brees does on a yearly basis, but he does not have to that to get paid.
If Taylor could have a season similar to what Cam Newton had in 2015, the year that he won league MVP, General Managers would be chomping at the bit to open up the checkbook for the services of the seven-year starter out of Virginia Tech.
Down in the “Nations Capital” they will most likely part ways with quarterback Kirk Cousins once the season is over, the combination of Jay Gruden paired with Tyrod Taylor sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?