A few weeks ago, I documented Tyrod Taylor's success against the Miami Dolphins during his time as the Buffalo Bills starter.
Counting Week 15's performance in which he connected on 17 of 29 passes for 224 yards (7.72 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no picks, Taylor has now completed 89 of 137 passes (64.9 percent) for 1,232 yards (8.99 yards per attempt) with nine touchdowns, no interceptions and a 115.2 quarterback rating in five career games against Miami.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase had plenty to say about Taylor's performances against the Dolphins. When asked why he believes his team has had a tough time with Buffalo's quarterback over the past few years, this was Gase's response:
"I’m aware, unfortunately. (laughter) I think he has done a great job of one, protecting the football, and I think he has done a great job where a lot of guys, when they play our defensive front, they do panic, and those guys get to them, where he has done a good job of staying in the pocket and when he does see a lane or he can get outside of the pocket, he does it and really hurts us when he does, whether he runs it or they scramble drill us and we don’t stay tight on the defender or stay tight on the receiver and he gets us for a big play. I think his patience has just been really good against us. He is not affected as much (as) some of the other guys that we’ve played with our pass rush. He just does a good job of taking each play as it comes. If something bad is going on, he’s finding a way to get out of it."
When about the difficulties of preparing for Taylor, Gase was quoted saying:
"It’s tough when you play a guy that’s athletic and he has a really good feel in the pocket. Then he’s hitting the receivers or running backs when we’re playing them. It makes it extremely tough. When you got the guy that you got in the backfield, then it makes it even scarier, because if he gets the ball to him (LeSean McCoy), and there’s a lot of space, that’s when you’ve got some issues."
Taylor has also carried the ball 38 times for 193 yards with two rushing scores when facing the Dolphins. In Week 15, he ran it six times for 42 yards with one of those scores on the ground.
Another strong outing from Taylor against Miami on Sunday would go a long way for the Bills.
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