Tyrod Taylor is gaining respect in leaguewide quarterback rankings as the Bills sit atop the AFC East.
Taylor is up to No. 8 in NFL.com's weekly QB Index, which ranks quarterbacks solely on this season's play. Eighth is Taylor's highest mark of the season after being dropped from the rankings in mid-September.
"I've read enough about what Taylor can't do," NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote. "What he can do is scare the daylights out of the league's best defenders like Von Miller, who guarded Taylor on one Week 3 playas if the QB was LeBron James about to take Miller to the hole. Taylor responded by flipping a pass across his body 31 yards down the field to tight end Nick O'Leary. These moments are incredibly common for a quarterback ranked 31st in pass attempts."
Taylor was ranked 24th in their Week One rankings, which included every player. He was the last player listed in the "middle of the pack" category, behind Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco.
Taylor was dropped from NFL.com's Week Two and Three rankings, which were limited to the top half of the league. In Week Four he was up to 15th – last among quarterbacks you would "want" on your team for the season. Beating the Falcons lifted Taylor into the top 10, ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, Derek Carr and Dak Prescott.
Elsewhere, Taylor is Pro Football Focus's fifth-ranked quarterback this season, with an 85.6 or "high quality" grade. Taylor finished 14th in this week's edition of ESPN's Quarterback Confidence Index.
"Tyrod Taylor is better than you think he is, but he does always leave you wondering why he's not as good as you think he can be," ESPN's Dan Graziano wrote.
Taylor is a low-volume passer, ranking 31st in attempts through four weeks and 29th in yards per game, but he ranks seventh in quarterback rating at 100.7 thanks in part to his low turnover rate.
Taylor also ranks ninth in Total QBR, a stat ESPN made to try to better account for all a quarterback does. It grades players on "expected points added" to each play given the situation, which can be thought of along the same lines as baseball's WAR. Most notably, this stat gives QBs a boost for running ability (traditional quarterback rating only weighs completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns and interceptions) but dings them for other factors such as fumbles, penalties and sacks taken.
Another way to think about Taylor comes from stats at Football Outsiders: Taylor ranks 16th in their DYAR metric, which grades a quarterback's total value, but ninth in DVOA, which scores them on a per-play basis. Translation: Taylor may not be asked to do as much as other passers, but he's effective when his number is called.