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Tyrod Taylor benched; EJ Manuel the Buffalo Bills new quarterback

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The Bills are moving in a new direction at quarterback.

The Tyrod Taylor experiment is on pause. Adam Schefter reported today that Taylor would no longer be the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills season finale. This is a strictly business decisions as the team does not want his contract to become guaranteed due to injury. The next head coach will make the decision on Tyrod’s future.

In Taylor’s place, Schefter said Buffalo would turn back to EJ Manuel. Manuel was the team’s first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. His record as a starter is 6-10 and most of his time recently has been spent as the team’s short yardage/hard count specialist, where he has five rushes and two passes on the year. He has 3416 yards on 310-of-526 passing with 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his career. He was replaced by Kyle Orton midway through the 2014 season and Taylor prior to Ryan’s first season in 2015.

The final game will serve as an audition for Manuel’s next contract. He will become a free agent following the season. The move also means Cardale Jones will likely be the primary backup.