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Bills' Taylor: 'I definitely feel more in charge'

They were deep in conversation, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and the young gun, with all of 14 career starts.

Hall-of-Famer Warren Moon and Tyrod Taylor, one-on-one, in the minutes before the start of Monday's Jim Kelly golf outing in Batavia. They were so engrossed that Taylor wasn't even paying attention when the announcement was made for the current Buffalo Bills at the tournament to gather at the top of the small hill to his left to pose for a photograph with another Hall-of-Fame quarterback, Kelly.

Finally, someone got his attention and Taylor, who wasn't even alive when the tournament began 30 years ago, trotted toward the group. As soon as Kelly spotted him, he threw his arm around Taylor's shoulder and made sure that Taylor knelt right next to him in the front -- where the quarterbacks belong.

Quality time with a couple of legends isn't such a bad way to spend a beautiful, breezy morning in early June.

You can tell Taylor is far more comfortable than he was a year ago, when he was one of three quarterbacks competing for the starting job that he won during the preseason.

You see it on the field during OTA practices. He's more vocal, literally taking over certain offensive periods whenever he feels a spark is needed. Taylor clearly is stretching his leadership legs.

And he feels good about it.

"Yes," Taylor said. "I would say that definitely comes with being in this system and being the starter for a year, learning all your teammates, learning the offense and being comfortable in the offense. I definitely feel more in charge, more of a command, being able to speak up. And guys listen because they know the preparation that I put in, the preparation we put in as a unit, and they see the vision of what we want to be.

"So it definitely feels like I'm more in command. It's a work in progress each and every day."

Taylor, who is entering the final year of his contract, would undoubtedly feel more in charge if the Bills gave him the long-term extension he's seeking.

He insists he isn't preoccupied about it. Nor does he see it as taking anything away from his ability to lead.

"I haven't really thought about the contract situation; that'll handle itself when it happens," Taylor said. "But my focus right now is going out each and every day on the practice field, bettering myself, showing progress on the field, showing progress from last year as far as picking up our offense. Just going out there and trying to make my team a better team and make myself better."

One resource to help that growth and development is Kelly, who spends a decent amount of time around the team. Taylor hasn't had much contact with his iconic predecessor during the offseason, but the two did talk quite a bit during the season.

"Last year, more so it was just to take it game by game," Taylor said. "He understands the pressure at the quarterback position, but he also understands what each week is going to take. So whatever he can pass onto me, I'm definitely open ears and willing to gain knowledge because he's played at a very high level for a long time."

Right now, Taylor is absorbing all he can from offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee. He's implementing everything he took in from last season, both in terms of operating Roman's scheme and working with the better understanding he has of his surrounding cast.

The types of routes Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Charles Clay run best. The way LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams hit the hole. How the offensive linemen react when Taylor, as he often did, starts running.

"Coming back, of course, the coaches expect more," Taylor said. "We expect more of ourselves. But it definitely feels different. I like where we're at. We've made a lot of progress this offseason and we're going to continue to keep getting better."

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