Here's the Bills news of note for June 27th.
1 - Is Tyrod the most elusive NFL QB?Tyrod Taylor is known as a very athletic quarterback, perhaps one of the most athletic in the league. While he continues to take steps in honing his game from the pocket, his legs allow him to buy time and make plays on the move.
It also should be noted that he's rushed for more than 500 yards for the league's top rushing attack in each of the last two years. That has helped to put him at the top of the list when it comes to quarterback elusiveness.
According to Pro Football Focus, Taylor forced the most missed tackles in 2016 with a total of 20. The only other quarterback that was close to the Bills QB was Colin Kaepernick, who forced a total of 16 missed tackles according to their metrics.
**2 - Brooks has two Bills draft picks on his RB list
Get to know the Buffalo Bills running backs.
**Former Bills WR turned NFL scout turned NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks has been scouting players since 2001. With all that history Brooks decided to put together a top 10 list of the best running back prospects he's ever scouted. Not surprisingly, two Bills draft choices made the cut.
Brooks had Willis McGahee as No. 6 on his list and Marshawn Lynch as No. 2.
McGahee was a surprise first-round pick of the Bills in 2003 (No. 23 overall) when many wondered if the talented back out of Miami would go in round one after his devastating knee injury in the national title game. Lynch, meanwhile joined a crowded Buffalo backfield in 2007 (No. 12 overall), but quickly surged to the top of the depth chart before moving on to Seattle.
Here was some of Brooks’ commentary on the two Bills backs.
He exhibited those same qualities as a pro when he earned a pair of Pro Bowl berths and an NFL Comeback Player of the Year award (2004) while rushing for 8,474 yards and 65 touchdowns over his 11-year career. Whether it was leading the Buffalo Bills as a young workhorse or sparking the Baltimore Ravens to three straight playoff berths as a punishing lead back or carving out a 1,000-yard season as the Denver Broncos' RB1, McGahee's combination of grit, toughness and physicality made him worthy of his spot on this list.*
As a pro, Lynch has more than met the standard as a franchise RB1 with six 1,000-yard seasons and a Super Bowl title (could've been two if the Seahawks handed the ball to Lynch at the one-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX). He also led the league in rushing touchdowns twice with 12 and 13 rushing scores, respectively, in 2013 and 2014.*
3 - Holmes tabbed as surprise starterThe battles still must be waged at training camp later this summer, but prognosticators are already eyeballing one potential starter on Buffalo's offense. In a write up on which player could be a surprise starter for each NFL team, Bleacher Report chose WR for the Bills.
WR Andre Holmes
"I'll tell you the guy that's really stood out has been Andre," head coach Sean McDermott said. "He's done a phenomenal job, not only on offense, but also special teams."
Holmes was mostly a non-factor in four seasons in Oakland, though he did catch 47 passes in 2014.
A wide-open depth chart presents the 29-year-old a golden opportunity to earn the most significant playing time of his career.
And so far, Holmes appears to be taking full advantage.