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Bills Today: Taylor has more leeway than you think

Posted Nov 30, 2017

Here's the Bills news of note for Nov. 30th.


1 - Taylor has more leeway than you think
There seems to be a prevailing opinion that quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, has no freedom at the line of scrimmage. According to his center and offensive coordinator, that’s not the case.

Bills OC, Rick Dennison, discussed the changes Taylor made at the line during Sunday’s game at Kansas City.

“He made about four or five checks Sunday at the line of scrimmage. The same as any other quarterback I’ve had. We give him a handful that he can do,” Dennison said. “He can change protections in certain situations and change some plays. Sometimes we’re going with two plays. Sunday was a little different because of the noise. We wanted to keep that to a minimum, but he did check a couple and put us in the right situation.”

Taylor was able to tame Arrowhead Stadium and give the Bills a 16-10 victory over the Chiefs. He was efficient leading the offense, completing 19-29 passes for 183 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions.

Center, Eric Wood, has been snapping the ball to Taylor since 2015. He knows about as well as anyone how much freedom he has at the line of scrimmage. Wood explained Taylor’s checks from the Week 12 game.

“Yeah that’s fairly typical. We have a lot of plays that can go either way. He’s in charge of directing those,” said Wood. “I think he does a great job with it. He’s always prepared. That’s always been a strong suit of his and you’ve never heard that questioned.

2 - Dropped passes not a problem for Bills offense
Buffalo’s one of the best teams in the NFL at not dropping passes. Some of the Bills receivers chimed in on their success at securing the ball.

“Eye on the ball, we preach that all the time in this building,” said Deonte Thompson.

The team’s receivers have dropped just 2.8-percent of the passes thrown their way this season. That’s the sixth-best percentage in the league.

Quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, has played a role for the small number of dropped passes. He’s on pace for the highest single-season completion percentage in his career.

“Definitely. That’s a big part of not having a lot of dropped passes,” said Andre Holmes. “Having confidence in your quarterback that he’s not going to lead you into a big hit.”

On 299 targets the team only has 15 drops this season. Five players are yet to drop a pass through 11 games, including Holmes and Thompson. They’ve combined for 51 targets, 30 receptions, and zero drops.

“I think every receiver group in the league stresses that. Definitely as a team stress fundamentals at every position,” said Holmes. “One of the things we do as far as that goes is making sure we look the ball in all the way through the tuck. I haven’t heard that stat yet, but obviously we’re doing a pretty good job.”

3 - Jones’ stretch of strong play continues
It may have taken a few games, but rookie receiver Zay Jones is fitting in just fine at the NFL level. On Sunday, he had another strong performance for his third-straight game.

Jones has always expressed his confidence, considering he has the most career receptions (399) in NCAA FBS history. The rookie did mention that he’s feeling more comfortable during games.

“Sure. Just settling in. I’m really just trying to do the best I can. I feel like I can do more though. I feel like this team… we know we can do more,” he said. “By no means do I feel I am where I need to be though. With Tyrod and that connection, he constantly trusts me and he tells me that he’s going to keep coming back to me. It’s good to have that confidence coming from such a veteran player, especially your quarterback.”

Jones’ three most recent games have been the best of his rookie career. He’s reeled in 13 receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

For the first time since entering the league, he received double-digit targets during the Chiefs game. He had 10, while Buffalo’s next closest receiver had four. Jones’ use as a number one option at receiver. He relishes those opportunities.

“I do. Ten targets is a lot. I try to stay away from the targets word though. I don’t really like to speak on it. I try to see them as opportunities,” he said. “I could’ve cashed in on more opportunities, I feel like I let the team down in that sense as far as having those opportunities and coming away with so little. Those are just areas of improvement I can keep striding in.”

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