Tyrod Taylor Facing Tougher Challenges Heading into Year Two

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Tyrod Taylor
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Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zariq Siddiqui serves as the senior manager of sales operation and strategy for Abbott Laboratories’ Nutrition Products Division. Among other interests, Zariq Siddiqui is a loyal fan of the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a breakout season in 2015, separating himself from E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel (who would later be traded) to become the team’s starting quarterback for the majority of the season. He faced a few injury bumps along the road, but when he was healthy, Taylor gave the Bills a true dual-threat presence under center.

He struggled down the stretch, however, and his critics didn’t waste time pouncing on the opportunity to point out their reservations about Taylor’s long-term viability as the team’s quarterback. Heading into the off-season, the barbs being thrown Taylor’s way have intensified. According to an article by SB Nation’s Matt Warren, one of the major flaws that Taylor’s detractors are rushing to point out is his smaller stature compared to the prototypical quarterback. Taylor measures in at just over 6 feet tall, and critics have alleged that his height causes issues when trying to survey downfield over offensive lineman that are two to three inches taller than him.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated last December, General Manager Doug Whaley essentially confirmed that Taylor will be the starting quarterback for the Bills in 2016. He finished last season with a solid 63.7 percent completion percentage, passing for 20 touchdowns and rushing for four more. Whaley hopes he can improve on those numbers and is willing to invest more time with him at the quarterback position, but the team is prepared to explore other quarterback options in the draft or through free agency in case Taylor doesn’t pan out.

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