With a new head coach and general manager for the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Tyrod Taylor has a pair of crucial first impressions to make this season.
He’s grabbed the attention of Bills first-year head coach Sean McDermott through OTAs and the team’s minicamp, and has been able to do so by displaying his vocal presence.
“I’ve really been impressed with the leadership,” McDermott said Monday to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “… The intangible qualities that are inherent or must be inherent to that quarterback position,” McDermott told reporters during last week’s mandatory minicamp. “I’ve watched him develop in those areas and that’s important as we look to move forward. There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games, and I think he’s done a nice job in that area.”
Taylor has started at least 14 games and thrown for 3,000 yards in each of the last two seasons for the Bills. Last season, he had a 61.7 completion percentage with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions, as well as rushing for six touchdowns, while being selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl.
The Bills haven’t made the postseason since 1999. Taylor is hoping the mix of a new regime and his ability to reach teammates vocally can end the playoff drought.
“Guys look to me and guys look for veterans for that vocal leadership,” Taylor said to the Buffalo News. “And that’s why I have to step in and go out there and display it every day, not only be verbal with it, but also show it in my approach and what I do each and every day.”