The Buffalo Bills announced this afternoon that quarterback Tyrod Taylor received an invitation to this year’s Pro Bowl, but will miss the game after his recent surgery. It’s the second straight season that Taylor earned an invite as an alternate.
Last year, Taylor played in the game and completed eight of 14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions to close out a 49-27 loss for Team Jerry Rice. (The game is reverting to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format this year.)
In 15 starts for Buffalo this season, Taylor completed 61.7% of his passes for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He ran for 580 yards, more than any other quarterback and good enough for 29th in the NFL as a whole. the Bills went 7-8 with Taylor as a starter this year, losing the final game when he was controversially benched in favor of EJ Manuel.
As you are well aware by now, Taylor’s status with the team is up in the air. Recent signs (such as the hiring of offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Taylor’s former quarterbacks coach in Baltimore) point to the team picking up the remainder of his five-year contract, but nothing official has been announced either way.
The honor of a Pro Bowl invite has become watered down in recent years due to factors such as a growing number of players skipping the game due to injury and the rescheduling of the game to the week before the Super Bowl, thereby forcing players from the Super Bowl teams to skip the contest. Still, it’s an honor that will remain with him, even if he won’t be playing.