Taylor wins QB battle, is named starter for season opener

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws downfield alongside running back Fred Jackson (22) and quarterback EJ Manuel (3) during NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Team management at One Bills Drive bombarded fans Monday with season-changing decisions, including a final word on the team’s three-way quarterback battle.

After making his decision on Sunday with his coaches, Head Coach Rex Ryan’s call to start Tyrod Taylor as the quarterback on Sept. 13 leaked out a day later. First reported by Jay Glazer, Taylor earned the job with his performance throughout the preseason.

In three games, Taylor may not have thrown for a touchdown — a feat EJ Manuel accomplished four times — but he did utilize his legs to secure a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers while getting reps with the first team offense.

Ryan and his staff brought on Taylor, whose career to that point had been playing backup to the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, to help compete against a relatively unproven EJ Manuel and recently acquired trade Matt Cassel.

Manuel, who arguably also proved his worth in the preseason, became a Buffalo Bill after being drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. Cassel, a veteran quarterback, has played for four NFL teams and came to Buffalo in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

Taylor quickly became a fan favorite of the three choices, his electric play-style aided the Buffalo Bills in keeping drives alive. But his actions also bought him prominence on Twitter, leading him and The Buffalo Bills to become trending several times nationally throughout the preseason.

The young quarterback’s first start in a Buffalo Bills uniform came on national television against the Cleveland Browns. With his assistance, the Bills overcame their opponent 11-10 to win the game.

According to Rex Ryan and his Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman, the Bills will be a run-first team in the 2015-2016 season. Taylor’s experience and ability in running the ball may have aided in their decision to name him the starter.

Now with Cassel and Manuel playing backup, and the need to shave additional players before the season opens, Buffalo may soon look to cutting one of its backup quarterbacks.

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