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Dan Fouts on Tyrod Taylor: Franchise QBs take time to develop

CBS Sports NFL analyst Dan Fouts, the Hall of Fame quarterback, will be in Orchard Park on Sunday for the Bills’ game against the Patriots, broadcasting with play-by-play man Ian Eagle. The two were also in the booth for the Bills’ victory in Foxborough on Oct. 2.

The Buffalo News spoke with Fouts this week to get some of his impressions about the Bills.

TBN: The Bills’ four-game winning streak coincided with their naming of Anthony Lynn as offensive coordinator. Have you seen changes in the Bills’ offense?

Dan Fouts: I did their first game against New England and what I saw was a lot of variety to the offense, especially in where the launch point for Tyrod Taylor was, whether he was in the pocket, whether it was quick passes, whether it was roll-outs. I just saw a lot of variety there and I think that was really key to their win. He was hot early and moved the ball on the Patriot defense, and really kept them off balance.

TBN: There’s been a lot of debate in Buffalo around Tyrod Taylor and whether he will develop into a franchise quarterback. What do you see in Taylor this season?

Fouts: I think he’s a solid quarterback. With his mobility, if you talk to defensive coordinators they don’t like mobile quarterbacks. I think it’s a real asset for Taylor. And he’s going to get better and better, he’s still young and doesn’t have a ton of experience.

It takes awhile to develop into the “franchise quarterback” everybody wants immediately and it just doesn’t happen right away. Patience is a key when you’re talking about the position. I like what I’ve seen so far.

TBN: Running quarterbacks seem to be less of a factor in the NFL these days than they were a few years ago. Is there still a place in the league for the running QB?

Fouts: Of course there is. It’s an asset. You look at a Russell Wilson and what he’s been able to do, he’s been to two Super Bowls as a very mobile quarterback.

TBN: With their ground-and-pound offense and more consistent defense, the Bills have enjoyed some recent success. What’s your hunch on whether they are a playoff team?

Fouts: They’re running into a real tough stretch of their schedule. They face New England, Seattle and Cincinnati, with Seattle and Cincinnati on the road. This game against New England will tell us a lot about them. If they can beat Tom Brady that will be huge and would give them a lot of momentum for the long trip to Seattle.

Meanwhile, back in New York ... CBS's Boomer Esiason gave his thoughts on the matchup.



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