“Tyrod’s our quarterback for next week,” McDermott said, per Ian Rapoport.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after rookie QB Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions in one half and Taylor managed to be the Chiefs while completing 19-of-29 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.
While it’s clear that benching Taylor for Peterman was a big mistake, McDermott still appears to be taking a week-to-week approach regarding the quarterback position.
Taylor’s long-term future in Buffalo remains in question, but at the very least he should have an opportunity to bolster his trade value in the coming weeks.
Last week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that Taylor will be a “very viable trade chip” in 2018 based on his conversations with numerous NFL executives.
La Canfora mentions that Taylor is owed a $6M roster bonus in the first week of free agency, but NFL GMs around the league view his contract that includes a $10 million base salary as tradeable.
Some teams to watch for Taylor, according to La Canfora, include Jaguars, Broncos, Cardinals and Saints (if Drew Brees leaves as a free agent).
La Canfora points out that while teams could wait for the Bills to release him, it might make more sense to acquire him in a trade and prevent other teams from getting involved.
Taylor, 28, is a former sixth-round pick of the Ravens back in 2011. After four years in Baltimore, Taylor signed on with the Bills for the 2015 season.
Taylor is currently in the first year of his two-year, $30.5 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $7.5 million and $10 million.
Entering today’s game, Taylor had appeared in nine games and thrown for 1,684 yards while completing 64.2 percent of his passes to go along with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.