According to several media sources, former Hampton High School standout and Virginia Tech star Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills when Rex Ryan’s team opens its season against the Colts.
The 26-year old-Taylor was consistent during the pre-season, moving the Bills’ offense with a combination of strong NFL throws and dynamic playmaking with his feet outside of the pocket (11 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown run). Although he failed to throw a touchdown pass, he completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4 percent).
Taylor battled two other teammates for the starting job, including former Bayside High School standout EJ Manuel from Virginia Beach. Manuel had an outstanding pre-season game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7 of 8 for 170 yards, two scores) and there was some speculation that the Bills might be inclined to give their former first-round pick another shot at the starting job.
But Bills’ coach Rex Ryan has always been impressed with mobile quarterbacks, which likely gave Taylor a leg up on Manuel and veteran Matt Cassel, both known as pocket passers. Cassel seemed effectively out of the running after a meager pre-season showing.