As we approach training camp, it’s time to take a look at the Buffalo Bills to see if they actually improved from last year’s 8-8 squad. While we won’t take a look at every position group individually, we’re looking at the quarterback by itself.
- Tyrod Taylor (Incumbent starter)
- EJ Manuel (Incumbent backup)
- Cardale Jones (NFL Draft, 4th round)
- Matt Cassel (Traded, September 2015)
- Josh Johnson (Free agent, Baltimore Ravens)
Last offseason, the Bills added Cassel and Taylor to form a three-way QB competition most expected the veteran Cassel to win. Instead it was Taylor who won with split reps and Buffalo traded Cassel mid-season.
The biggest difference this offseason is that Taylor is the unquestioned starter. He’ll get nearly every offseason rep with the first-team unit and the added reps and familiarity with the players should help him take the next step as a quarterback, including completing passes over the middle and anticipating wide receivers coming open. Even though he’s been in the league for a long time, this is the most offseason reps Taylor has seen in is career by a wide margin.
The addition of Jones gives them a legitimate developmental prospect for the first time since Manuel was drafted, only this rookie isn’t expected to see the field at all.
All those extra reps should help at the top of the depth chart. They definitely didn’t get worse.