18. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
Is Taylor the long-term answer at quarterback for the Bills? This season will determine the answer to that question, as Taylor is going to get another opportunity as the full-time starter in Buffalo.
After spending four seasons as the backup to Joe Flacco in Baltimore, the Bills took a risk last season to bring Taylor in with the intention of making him the starting quarterback. The move paid off, as Taylor threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns while being selected to the Pro Bowl. Overall, Taylor was the breakout surprise of the 2015 season.
The Bills may want Taylor to prove himself a little more before they are ready to declare him the long-term franchise quarterback. This is something of a make-or-break season for Taylor, as he has a clause in his contract to become a free agent for 2017 if he continues to start.
If Taylor continues to play at his 2015 level, he will easily be a top-third starting quarterback heading into next season. However, we’ve seen plenty of one-season wonders before, so Taylor still has some work to do.
Staying healthy will be one of the biggest challenges for Taylor, as he took a beating last season and missed two games due to various injuries. Taylor already proved a number of people wrong with Buffalo last year, and the potential is there for him to do so again.
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