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Stats Wizard: Tyrod Taylor's high completion percentage, LeSean McCoy's versatility and more

  • Tyrod Taylor is the latest drafted quarterback (sixth round, 180th overall) with at least 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in a season—and he has done it twice.
  • Taylor is the third quarterback in Bills history with consecutive seasons with at least a 60 percent completion percentage in back-to-back seasons—joining Ryan Fitzpatrick (2011-12) and Jim Kelly (1990-91, 1993-94).
  • O.J. Simpson had 7,699 yards rushing—averaging 5.1 yards-per-carry—in 70 games from 1972-76. Over 2,500 more yards than anyone else during that span.
  • Bruce Smith is one of three players in history with at least 1,000 career tackles and 100 career sacks (Rickey Jackson and Reggie White) and, of course, he is the all-time sacks leader with 200.
  • LeSean McCoy had 1,267 yards rushing and 50 receptions last season, becoming the second Bills player with at least 1,200 yards rushing and 50 catches in a season—joining Thurman Thomas, who did it in 1989, 1991, and 1992.
  • No Bills player has worn No. 32 since Simpson in 1977, and no one has worn No. 34 since Thomas in 1999.
  • The Bills are the only NFL team not to make the postseason since the turn of the millennium. You probably were aware of that.

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Ryan Spaeder is a statistician, analyst and writer, whose work up until now has focused primarily on baseball. Spaeder is also a contributor to The Sporting News and co-authored Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History. Follow him on Twitter @theaceofspaeder.

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