Even before Anquan Boldin stunned the Bills by deciding to retire from the NFL on Sunday, people were suggesting that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was being "set up to fail." I've been hearing that sentiment a lot on talk radio and elsewhere on social media. Taylor can't have been thrilled with the trade of his top wideout, Sammy Watkins. Now Boldin, who was expected to be a reliable third-down target, is gone.
So I asked Sean McDermott at his Tuesday morning press conference about the notion that Taylor was being put in a bad position. Has he expressed any concern about losing two of his top receiving weapons before a season when, once again, he will be trying to prove himself as a franchise quarterback and justify a new contract.
"Well, Tyrod's been around this league a long time, as well," McDermott said in his first presser since the Boldin announcement. "So Tyrod knows that you adjust. Tyrod, just like the rest of our football team, is extremely resilient. He's adapted over the course of his career and he really embraces those types of situations if you will.
"That's the Tyrod I know, and I wouldn't expect anything different in this case."
I have to wonder if Taylor's agent is "embracing" this turn of events, knowing how much money is at stake for his client this season. I believe the Bills have already made up their mind to move on from Taylor, regardless of his performance in the regular season.
I'll have a full column on the subject later in the day, after speaking with Taylor after practice.