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McCOY, ONE OF Taylor's closest friends on the Bills, likes to compare Taylor with Willie Beamen, the third-string quarterback in "Any Given Sunday" (played by Jamie Foxx) who comes off the bench when two veteran quarterbacks are injured. Even as Beamen flourishes, his place on the team remains precarious -- a position that Taylor has found himself in time after time.

During his freshman year at Virginia Tech, he was supposed to redshirt but was thrust into a starting role when Sean Glennon (the older brother of Ramon Humber Jersey Bears quarterback Mike Glennon, who is currently outearning Taylor) struggled to stay upright. Glennon was named the starter the following year, but Taylor found his way back onto the field, and the two split snaps for much of the season. "It wasn't fair -- it wasn't really good for anyone," former coach Frank Beamer says.

After landing in Baltimore as Joe Flacco's backup, Taylor spent four years visualizing what he would do if given the opportunity to start. But the situation never arose. "Joe ... he didn't get injured much," he deadpans. When his rookie contract expired in 2015, Taylor declined an opportunity to back up Peyton Manning in Denver so that he could compete for a starting role in Buffalo. After outdueling Matt Cassel and Manuel in the preseason, he won the job, throwing for more than 3,000 yards, rushing for 568 and landing in the Pro Bowl as an alternate. The next summer, he signed a six-year, $92 million contract.
If Taylor's life were a movie like "Any Given Sunday," his story -- the story of a sweet, shy, undersized kid who bet on himself and won -- would've ended there. But his path has grown only rockier since. In 2016, the Bills were thrown into turmoil when coach Rex Ryan was fired before their final game of the season. Several crucial players, including Taylor's best receiver, Sammy Watkins, battled injuries. "We've never had the whole team together," McCoy says. "That's a credit to him, to put up solid numbers without your main weapons." Taylor himself played through part of the season with a sports hernia, and his statistics took a dip. Then, after he had his best outing of the year against Miami, the team benched him for the final game, ostensibly because it was worried about triggering the injury guarantee in his contract. Taylor -- who rarely complains, especially in public -- expressed dismay to the media. "It threw me. I didn't understand it at the time," he says now. "This business is weird when it comes to those types of things."
The tumult continued into the offseason, when the Bills asked him to restructure his contract (before, they could release him at little cost) and he took a $10 million pay cut. With his new deal, Taylor has a cap hit of just $9.7 million, which means the Bills are spending less on the position than all but 11 teams across the league, most of which employ quarterbacks on rookie contracts. At the time, Taylor said he trusted the organization to add talent around him. But this summer, Buffalo traded away Watkins for a cornerback, adding Jordan Matthews and Anquan Boldin (who retired two weeks later) to his lackluster receiving corps. Ryan, now an analyst with ESPN, says the quarterback has never been afforded a true complement of talent. "I'm curious to see one day what this kid can actually do if he ever really gets some top guys around him," he says. "I think he'd be outstanding. Could he lead you to the playoffs? Absolutely. Could he take you all the way? I hope we find out one day."
Every football team is its own distinct ecosystem; the game involves so many interwoven parts, it's impossible to separate players from their context. Tom Brady and Rodgers can build masterpieces regardless of the tools they're given, but the vast majority of quarterbacks cannot -- including Taylor, who, at the start of the season, found himself bereft of surrounding talent again. Clay, his most reliable weapon, tore his meniscus in early October, and Matthews broke his thumb. Zay Jones, the team's second-round draft pick this year, struggled with drops. Then, on Halloween, the Bills shocked the league by trading for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, a former first-round draft pickWhile Benjamin has battled injuries, his upside is undeniable, and the Bills' decision to bolster Taylor's arsenal suggests that the organization believes that the team is a legitimate contender this year. But does it mean they believe in their quarterback? Standing near his locker during the bye week, Taylor, as mild-mannered as ever, Ramon Humber Jersey declines to speculate about where he'll be playing in 2018. Even with the Bills poised for a possible playoff run, he knows how hard it will be for him to succeed in the eyes of many, and what it could mean if he does. "The story of my career -- my life -- has been proving myself," he saysIn the wake of a two-month period Ramon Humber Jersey in which a pair of controversies around SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill created angst for the network, ESPN on Thursday released revised social media guidelines for its employees.
According to ESPN President John Skipper, the changes were not made specifically in response to the Hill incidents, but more because of what those controversies reflected.
��I think it��s prompted by the moment that we are having right now, and the political time and the polarization,�� he said.
Skipper said that the guidelines -- first issued by ESPN in 2011, with slight revisions in 2012 -- were created under very different circumstances. At that time, the main concerns were about how ESPN handled breaking news and interactions with consumers and colleagues on social media, rather than the political context of posts. Now, the political and social issue elements are an unavoidable part of any social media platform, which has created challenges for ESPN.
The revised social media guidelines aren��t wildly different from the previous set, but the main change is the addition of a preamble that ties the policies to ESPN��s larger mission, something the previous policies did not.
��In going through a re-read of it and talking to people about it, while the previous ones were pretty sound, they may have felt a little wonkish and like policy speak,�� Skipper said. ��We wanted this to be more of a call to action and to sound like a human being actually wrote it.��
That preamble was authored Ramon Humber Jersey by Kevin Merida, senior vice president and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated, who was part of the committee that revised the guidelines over the past few weeks. That preface lays out why the new guidelines are important to ESPN as an entity, not just to each individual posting on social media"ESPN has the greatest collection of sports journalists in the world, many of whom are influential on social media. We value the reputation you have helped us build, and preserving it is vital to our business. Our engagement on social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram should be civil, responsible, and without overt political or other biases that would threaten our or your credibility with the public. Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues�� work or embroil the company in unwanted controversy. Apply to social platforms the same high standards, sound logic and common sense you employ on ESPN��s platforms. We reserve the right to take action for violations of these principles. At ESPN, we have a shared responsibility to one another that accompanies the benefits we collectively and individually enjoy. We respect your intelligence, champion your creativity and trust your best judgment."
I think this an important addition to the guidelines, even if there��s not a specific policy point included in the passage. The other option was to opt for a long, imposing, very specific set of guidelines that would likely have been impossible to police, and could have prompted ESPN staffers to decide social media wasn��t worth the effort. The tone of social media these days may be nastier than ever, but this too will likely pass, and -- even outside the minute-to-minute political wars being fought on Twitter and Facebook -- social media platforms remain very valuable ways for ESPN to build audience and loyalty. The preamble echoes what Skipper told me: ��We really do trust people, and we want the standard to be: Be smart.��
The preamble also includes one very important new passage: ��Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues�� work or embroil the company in unwanted controversy.��
The previous version of the policy mentioned only the broader ESPN universe as related to not publishing confidential material. Of course, whether something embroils ESPN in unwanted controversy is still in the eye of the beholder. But to me, acknowledging gray area is more honest and transparent than suggesting any set of rules can cover all the different scenarios that exist on social platforms.
��Ultimately, we��re in the judgment business,�� Merida said. ��Those who are active and prominent in social media need to use their judgment. That��s what journalism is: a series of judgments and discernments.��
Instead, the call to action here is for a better use of judgment, especially in the moment.
��You have to make peace with the fact that, even though it��s your account, it��s seen as an ESPN-linked account, and people will assume what we say is endorsed by the network,�� said Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN senior investigative reporter. ��It can hurt your ability to do your job, and there are consequences for all of your colleagues
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