Buffalo Bills: What to Watch For Preseason Week 3

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 16: LeSean McCoy /
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – AUGUST 10: Tyrod Taylor
ORCHARD PARK, NY – AUGUST 10: Tyrod Taylor /

Tyrod Taylor is the Bills starting quarterback going into week one. That isn’t changing, and it isn’t going to change unless he is injured. That being said, Taylor hasn’t played great in the games during this preseason.

In my opinion, Taylor has two elite skills, his legs, and his ability to not throw interceptions. Week two versus the Eagles, Taylor threw two interceptions in a little over a quarter of work. It’s time for Taylor to stop going thru the motions to install the offense and get geared up for winning.

This week, his practice performance will be scrutinized by all of Buffalo median and fans. The Bills will be prepping Taylor and the rest of the offense to pick apart the Baltimore Ravens. The whole playbook won’t be on display, but Taylor will have enough of it to run the offense. This week is about points, and it doesn’t matter if Taylor uses his arm or feet.

Taylor needs to be accurate and not make mistakes. I want to see him gamble a bit by throwing the ball downfield or taking the occasional risk. When the Bills traded Sammy Watkins, it hurt Taylor by him losing a weapon. The trade can still help him if he can spread the ball to multiple targets and keep defenses honest to all receivers.

Shady is going to be elite every week, but this offense goes as Taylor goes. The 1st unit needs to get some momentum heading into the regular season. They won’t be at full strength, but they should still have multiple long drives that lead to points. I wouldn’t remove the 1st team offense until they get two possessions where they have to drive at least 45 yards to score points.