PITTSFORD – Most of the attention regarding the Buffalo Bills switching schemes has been paid to the defensive side of the ball.
That makes sense, given back-to-back subpar years under Rex Ryan and Co. The offense, too, promises to be different, though, under coordinator Rick Dennison. That's something quarterback Tyrod Taylor pointed out last week.
"First and foremost, I’m still learning the offense," he said.
For Taylor, that has meant a focus on staying in the pocket to make throws.
"Getting the ball out on time are things that frustrate the defense," he said. "When it’s not there, training camp, people know that I can run so that’s not anything that I necessarily need to practice on. Finding that check down, throwing the ball away when you can, when the situation misses – that’s some of the things that I’ve been focusing on."
McDermott said Sunday afternoon before the Bills held their ninth practice of camp that he has seen progress from Taylor.
"He's done a good job. He really has," the coach said. "He's got the background from it from his time with Rick in Baltimore. He just continues to get more and more comfortable, as does the entire offense.
"I thought there was a lot of positives from the offense the other evening. They moved the ball and were consistent. So he continues to get more comfortable, we continue to get more comfortable. We just need to continue to move forward and put in the time, put in the work out here on the practice field and in the meeting rooms."
Part of that involves Taylor getting in sync with No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins.
"We’re still fine tuning things," the quarterback said last week. We had a situation where miscommunication on a read route, but that’s been probably one of two mistakes where we haven’t been on the same page this camp. I think that just having him out there at the start of camp and taking reps with him in the spring has definitely helped us build our chemistry moving forward. I think it’s definitely going to pay off for us."
The same is true of rookie receiver Zay Jones, who has worked in periodically with the first team.
"I try to stay in his ear as much as possible," Taylor said. "First off, because he’s a rookie, I want to guide him in the right direction. Of course what he’s going to mean to this team throughout his time here, he’s going to be a big part of our offense. We’re just trying to keep him in the right direction. Which like I said, he has the right mindset, he’s a hard worker, wants to know more about the game, wants to know more about this offense. I’m just trying to help him along the way each day."