Tyrod Taylor: Most Surprising Player of 2015?
In a recent article for SI.com, Tyrod Taylor was picked by Chris Burke as the most surprising player of the 2015 season. Taylor was signed by the Bills in the offseason to compete in a three-way quarterback race with Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. He not only won that competition, but he had a good year and went on to play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate selection. According to Burke’s article, Taylor had only thrown 35 regular season passes prior to this season and nobody was predicting for him to be in the Pro Bowl.
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Most experts would agree that Taylor had a very solid year as the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback. According to ESPN.com, Tyrod finished the season tied for the 7th best quarterback rating with league MVP Cam Newton. He was also ranked the 9th best quarterback in the league by Pro Football Focus.
Overthecap.com lists his cap hit for 2016 at a little over $3.1 million which ranks as the 30th highest number at his position next season. The Bills are getting tremendous value out of Tyrod considering he is ranked amongst the top ten quarterbacks, per the sources in the previous paragraph, while making a salary commensurate with the 30th best quarterback in the league.
Tyrod Taylor’s success was not expected this season, but with Richie Incognito on the roster are you sure he is even the most surprising player on the Bills? Buffalo had many other players who surprised in both positive and negative ways throughout the season. Let’s examine some of them.