It was 3rd and 13 for the Bills Sunday against the Raiders.
Tyrod Taylor wanted to hit Logan Thomas in the seam, but the Raiders safety jumped that route. Taylor moved on to his next choice. Even with the pocket closing in, he still was able to find Andre Holmes for a first down. The drive eventually led to a touchdown.
Taylor said Tuesday that play stuck out to him as an example of his growth. He’s been much better since the bye. He says during the time off, what he worked on was not what he was doing wrong.
“Getting a better feel for some of the schemes that we were having success with. Trying to find a way to get those called,” Taylor said. “As far as me personally, just refocusing and doing whatever it takes to put our team and myself in the best situation to go out there and win games.”
The numbers aren’t eyepopping. In wins over Tampa and Oakland, Taylor is 40 of 60 for 433 yards and just two touchdowns. His rush totals are only 12 carries for 54 yards with a one yard (actually inch) TD sneak against the Raiders.
What he’s done better won’t appear on the statsheet. Subtle movement in the pocket to keep pass plays alive. Going through more progressions and not bailing on clean pockets to scramble.
The Bills are noticing.
“The last two weeks, [we] have seen Tyrod grow in the pocket and stepping up in the pocket and doing some really nice things,” Sean McDermott said. “Keeping plays alive, certainly. We all know that. Delivering the ball. I just think that he’s had two quality weeks since the bye. I’ve been very proud of what he’s done the last two weeks.”
“Recently, I’ve been telling him I’ve got to match his intensity,” LeSean McCoy said. “I gotta get going like him. I’ve got to make them plays because that’s what he’s doing.”
“I think I’ve definitely taken steps in the right direction,” Taylor said. “I think I’ve continued to keep building each and every week and that’s my focus. Be better than I was the week before.”
Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said Monday he thinks Taylor is trusting his eyes more.
“I think he’s being more comfortable,” Dennison said. “More confident in what he’s doing, which I knew he had in him.”
If the Bills keeping getting that out of him with a resurgent McCoy running the ball, they will be very tough to beat.