Tyrod Taylor signed with the Buffalo Bills this off-season for a chance to compete for the starting quarterback position.
After years in Baltimore playing behind Joe Flacco, the former Hokie decided to join the Bills and prove he is capable of being the number one option for an NFL team.
Buffalo's had their first pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers this past Friday. Taylor finished the night going 5-8 for 49 yards and gaining 47 yards on six attempts. His performance earned him the starting nod for the 2nd preseason game.
While only listed as the No. 2 right now, and with Cassell starting the first pre-season game for the #Bills, Tyrod Taylor still has a shot.— Chris Hatcher (@LunchpailD) August 12, 2015
Early reports out of camp have Matt Cassel leading the competition and are claiming it's his spot to lose. Cassel was listed as the starter for the first game, but it will be Taylor's turn come next week. So far in practice Taylor has played well enough to beat out former starter E.J. Manuel, but that isn't saying much at all. Manuel is in jeopardy of losing his roster-spot.
Matt Cassel is the clear front-runner in Buffalo heading into the first exhibition game. https://t.co/qlskFz1iui— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 12, 2015
The time for Taylor is now. During his previous stint with the Ravens, Taylor played well in practice and pre-season, but doing it in an actual game is a little different.
Head coach Rex Ryan is a defensive minded coach, and might trust the services of Cassel more because of his ability to manage the game and limit turnovers.
Buffalo will play three more exhibitions before the regular season begins. Realistically this may be Taylor's last chance to prove he is the best option. Will he be able to dethrone Cassel when its all said and done?
Buffalo and Cleveland will kickoff at 8:00pm ET next Thursday, August 20th.