Likely Starter: Tyrod Taylor
Potential Backups: T.J. Yates, Nathan Peterman

There is no question that Tyrod Taylor is the Bills starting quarterback. For this year. His contract, and his last two years as starter, don’t really guarantee anything beyond that. With no better options, and an unwillingness to rebuild with a rookie, Sean McDermott had no choice but to bring back Taylor. Tyrod will have the benefit of a new offense built by coordinator Rick Dennison, who coached him in Baltimore and wanted to bring him to Denver. Dennison knows that Taylor’s running ability and deep ball throwing ability are among the best in the NFL. But the offense needs to position Tyrod to improve his completion percentage, utilize the entire field, and anticipate receivers. I need to see Taylor lead more game-deciding or game-clinching 4th quarter drives before I’m convinced he’s the QB who can get the Bills to the playoffs.

The backup spots are all set, thanks to the recent trade of Cardale Jones.  GM Brandon Beane has said the team will not bring in another quarterback.  There may still be a battle between T.J. Yates and Nathan Peterman to see who’s #2, but I don’t think so.  It seems that Yates’ experience and familiarity with Dennison’s offense from his days in Houston make him the perfect backup. You want a solid veteran who understands his role and will help the starter.  That’s Yates.  Peterman is smart, heady and understands NFL offenses. But he’s still a rookie, and his lack of arm strength makes me wonder if he’ll ever be any more than a backup.  He went in the 5th round for a reason.

Overall, the Bills are solid at the position. Is solid good enough? Maybe, if the run game continues to shine and the defense consistently keeps opponents under 24 points. At some point this season, the Bills will need their quarterback to just go out and win a few games. That’s what good teams and great QB’s do. I won’t be a believer in Tyrod Taylor until he does that.

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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