Taylor (concussion) said he would like to remain the quarterback of the Bills, but he will not accept another pay cut to do so. "Nah, that's not really part of the plan right now," Taylor told The Buffalo News on Friday. "Definitely not part of my mindset. I've done that before (last year, when he accepted a $10-million salary reduction over two seasons). I don't think there's a need to do that again. That's definitely not part of my mindset."
The big test of what the Bills aim to do will come in March, when Taylor will be due a $6 million roster bonus. Taylor says he hasn't spoken with the team since the Bills' final game of the season, a playoff loss at Jacksonville. He was a key part in taking the team to its first playoff appearance since the 1999 season, yet his limitations were also exposed at various points throughout the season. The Bills may be the NFL team with the most options for a starting quarterback next season, though the situation is entirely up in the air and elite play at the position seems to be a long way off for the franchise. Buffalo could roll with Taylor for another season, or turn to youngster Nathan Peterman -- who saw snaps in 2017 to very mixed results -- or make a bid at someone like Kirk Cousins on the free-agent market, or finally, use one of its two first-round picks on a potential immediate starter.
Taylor (concussion) was able to walk off the field to the locker room under his own power after being knocked to the ground hard late in Sunday's 10-3 playoff loss to the Jaguars.
Taylor, who is now in the NFL's concussion protocol, was replaced in the game by Nathan Peterman. Prior to his exit, Taylor had completed 17 of 37 passes for 134 yards, while adding seven carries for 27 yards.
Taylor completed 19 of 27 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 22-16 win over the Dolphins. He also rushed six times for 35 yards.
As customary, Taylor was cautious with the football and did just enough to keep the Bills moving in the right direction throughout the contest. He got matters off on the right foot by directing a seven-play, 72-yard scoring drive on the opening possession that he capped off with a nifty 26-yard touchdown pass to Nick O'Leary. Taylor subsequently led scoring marches of 11, nine, five and 10 plays, all which culminated in Stephen Hauschka field goals. The 28-year-old wrapped up the regular season with three consecutive interception-free outings, an efficient level of play he'll hope to carry into next Sunday's AFC wild-card road tilt against the stingy Jaguars secondary.
Taylor completed 21 of 38 passes for 281 yards while rushing three times for 16 yards without a touchdown or turnover in Sunday's 37-16 loss to New England.
Buffalo converted its first four third-down plays during an eight-minute first drive, but Taylor took a sack in the red zone on the fifth so his team had to settle for a field goal. T-Mobile completed a 46-yard pass to Deonte Thompson on the next possession, which ended in a turnover on downs. He finally threw a touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin just before halftime, but it was overturned by officials. Even with this setback, the Bills could still end their 18-year playoff drought next week, as they're one of three teams with an 8-7 record (Titans, Chargers) currently tied for the second Wild Card spot behind the 9-6 Ravens.
Taylor (knee) completed 17 of 29 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-16 win over Miami. He added 42 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Taylor did most of his damage in the closing minutes of the first half. After connecting with LeSean McCoy on a 16-yard touchdown, Taylor scrambled out of the pocket for a nine-yard score during the final seconds of the half. It's been a tumultuous season for Taylor, but he has a shot at leading Buffalo into the playoffs if he's able to top New England and Miami to close the season. While he looked good against Miami, he'll have his hands against New England next week. The Patriots held Taylor to 3.6 yards per attempt in Week 13 before he was forced out with knee injury.
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