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IN EVERY BILLS game, Tyrod Taylor performs a feat of athleticism that makes you question your prior understanding of how human limbs are supposed to move -- how legs and arms and hands normally work in tandem, restricting one's ability to, say, hopscotch and type at the same time. In early October, when Buffalo went down to Atlanta, it happened in the second quarter amid a scoring drive. Taylor took a snap and faked a handoff, then found himself face-to-face with a pair of irate-looking Falcons linemen. He danced to his right. As he cocked his arm, eyes downfield and feet still whirring, his left leg rose in the manner of a prima ballerina taking flight, and he flicked a 44-yard bomb to tight end Charles Clay. All of his body parts seemed disjointed but somehow perfectly synchronized at the same time.The Bills, who were nine-point underdogs that afternoon, went on to defeat Atlanta. For Taylor, the win offered a temporary reprieve from the critics who have hounded him ever since he became a starter two years ago, but his peace was short-lived. A week later, after he struggled against Cincinnati, the calls for his benching returned, and Bills coach Sean McDermott was asked (for the umpteenth time) whether he believed in his quarterback. "Tyrod's working hard to continue to improve," he said. "I've got all the confidence in the world in Tyrod Taylor."
Many in Buffalo don't. On Monday during the following bye week, the bar at Duff's Famous Wings -- the best or second-best wings place in the city, depending on whom you ask -- is brimming with Bills fans. Baseball is on, but the conversation turns, as it so often does around here, to football. A middle-aged woman in a Bills sweatshirt starts to explain why she's optimistic about the team (then 3-2), with its unexpectedly strong defense, but she's interrupted by her friend. "Tyrod blows," he says. "He can't throw the ball far enough." He adds that Taylor is no better than draft bust EJ Manuel. "They're the same quarterback."
The woman sighs. She's partial to rookie backup Nathan Peterman, a pocket passer selected in the fifth round, and she wants Fletcher Cox Authentic Jersey Taylor to sit. "He hasn't done anything for us for the last couple of years," she says.
Some quarterback-starved towns would kill for a player with Taylor's abilities, but Buffalo is no ordinary town. It's a city that hasn't been to the playoffs since 1999 and has watched division rival Tom Brady calmly dissect the team's defenses from the pocket for years, cycling through more than a dozen starters in that time. Taylor has now played two and a half seasons with the Bills, winning 19 games and losing 16 heading into their Week 9 game against the Jets.
His record, as balanced as a book opened to its midpoint, inspires passionate disagreement among fans, many of whom refuse to believe that Taylor actually might be the rarest of commodities: a franchise quarterback.
But the 28-year-old dual threat, known as T-Mobile, isn't just divisive in Buffalo. He's also polarizing around the NFL, where he's become a Rorschach test for how we think about quarterbacks in 2017. Some coaches and experts are quick to rattle off his deficiencies: too short at 6-foot-1, too quick to leave the pocket, too limited as a passer. Other analysts see him as an underrated star, arguing that traditional "volume" stats like yardage and touchdowns (to say nothing of wins, the data point most loathed by the numerate set) fail to account for his unique skills. If Taylor thrives, he could change perceptions of what success at his position looks like -- a heavy load for a quarterback accustomed to fighting just to be seen EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito gave sharp criticism to the NFL's decision to have Thursday night games, following his team's 34-21 loss to the New York Jets.
"They suck," Incognito said of Thursday games. "They throw a wrench in our schedule. It's absolutely ridiculous that we have to do this. As physical as this game is, as much work and preparation that Fletcher Cox Authentic Jersey goes into this, to force us to play games on four-day weeks, it's completely unfair and bulls---. The league makes money off it, and that's all they care about anywayThe Bills' offensive line gave up seven sacks on Tyrod Taylor, the most given up by Buffalo since Week 2 of the 2015 season. The Bills managed 63 rushing yards, their fewest since Week 4 of 2015Others in the Bills' locker room did not echo Incognito's gripe.
"I'm not gonna complain about it," center Eric Wood said. "Everybody's got to do it. I thought we were prepared. When the lights came on, we just didn't make enough plays."
Added coach Sean McDermott: "[The Jets] were challenged with the same short week as us and had the same amount of time to prepare, so give them credit."
The NFL has expanded its Thursday night package in recent years and scheduled 14 games on Thursdays this season
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