With decision day approaching for the Buffalo Bills regarding what to do with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, there has been no shortage of opinions on both sides.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit is the latest to weigh in. Earlier this week, Benoit posted an article breaking down the biggest need for each NFL team heading into free agency and the draft. He identified quarterback for the Bills, with the following reasoning:
"Until this team finds its quarterback, management will keep making shortsighted head-coaching hires every two or three years. Tyrod Taylor is not the solution," Benoit writes. "He's mobile — and that's it. He doesn't have the anticipatory instincts or accuracy to compensate for mediocre throwing velocity. Taylor's also not comfortable in the pocket, which leads to his breaking down before the pressure even arrives and renders him unable to see open receivers. If the Bills wind up riding Taylor one more year — unlikely, given they'd save $13 million in cap space by cutting him — then he'll need weapons. Every receiver except Sammy Watkins is now a free agent."
That last part is a stretch. The Bills do have receivers Kolby Listenbee, Marcus Easley and Walt Powell under contract for next year, but to Benoit's point, none of them should be counted on to be meaningful contributors. If the Bills do move on from Taylor they do not have an obvious replacement on the roster. Only the unproven Cardale Jones is signed for 2017, meaning the team would need to find a replacement through free agency, the draft, or via trade.