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Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Taylor thinks big plays will come

The Buffalo Bills rank dead last in the NFL in passing.

That statistical fact is alarming and one reason why it's easy to have a skeptical view about the sustainability of the Bills' three-game winning streak.

The same goes for assessing whether Tyrod Taylor is the franchise quarterback the Bills are hoping to officially anoint after the season by allowing the rest of his lucrative contract extension to kick in.

Right now, the best thing that can be said about the Bills' offense is that it ranks No. 3 in the league in rushing.

The lack of chunk plays through the air isn't from a lack of trying. Long pass plays have been called, but haven't always been completed. Some of that has been because Taylor has misfired. Some of that has been because of shortcomings within the receiving corps.

Having Sammy Watkins on the injured-reserve list doesn't help, but it also doesn't excuse Robert Woods or Marquise Goodwin from stepping up their games. Tight end Charles Clay is becoming more of a factor as a play-maker, and that has to continue.

Still, it's fair to say the most important function of the Bills' offense is to do its part to help the strength of the team, which is defense. The Bills will take their deep shots, but be selective about it.

"We've hit some big plays and we've also come close to some big plays," Taylor said. "That's not going to be the case every weekend. Of course, you want to come out of the game with a couple big plays. That's definitely a spark and a positive for our offense."

But it isn't everything.

Taylor understands that his job is every bit as much about sound game management as it is about quick strikes. As he demonstrated as a first-year starter in 2015, he puts a high premium on taking good care of the football. He threw only six interceptions in 14 games last year. He has thrown only two in five games this year.

For Taylor, third-down conversions -- where the Bills are tied for 26th in the league -- are the greatest priority, however they're achieved.

"If we can continue to stay on the field, I think that's the main thing, convert on third downs," Taylor said. "The big plays will definitely come. And you want to take advantage when those opportunities come.

"But you're not going to hit every last one of them."

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