Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 26%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.9%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 0.6
Durability: question mark 18

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Tyrod Taylor Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-- HC Anthony Lynn coached Taylor in 2 of his previous 3 starting seasons.

-- Taylor reached the top 12 among fantasy QBs in his Buffalo stint.

-- Lynn professed confidence in Taylor’s ability to start before the NFL Draft.

-- History says Justin Herbert will take the job at some point -- and probably early.


‘In the Driver’s Seat’

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said at the beginning of April that Taylor was “in the driver’s seat” for the Chargers’ starting QB job. That came after Philip Rivers left for Indianapolis in free agency. We would later learn that it also came after the team considered adding Cam Newton.

It wasn’t an outlandish quote. The Chargers’ QB depth chart included only Taylor and 2019 fifth-rounder Easton Stick at that point. And Lynn had been on the Bills staff during Taylor’s first 2 starting seasons. As a 1st-time starter in 2015, Taylor finished 10th in the league in QBR and 11th among QBs in fantasy points per game. The next season again found him ranking 10th in QBR; 14th in fantasy points per game. Taylor’s final Bills campaign (2017) -- after Lynn had left to become Chargers HC -- ended with a #13 QBR ranking. Taylor checked in just 24th in fantasy points per game that season -- though even then he delivered 6 games of 20+ points among his 15 outings.

Lynn served as assistant HC/RBs coach for those 2015-16 Bills, so he didn’t directly coach Taylor. But he clearly had a good seat for the action, and obviously plenty of interaction with the QB.

By the way, Taylor’s lead targets over that span were Charles Clay (238) and LeSean McCoy (184). He got Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins for the first 2 years (though Watkins played just 21 of 32 games) before both wideouts left after the 2016 season. No other Bill saw more than 74 targets over those 3 seasons.

Taylor would be better stocked with the Chargers. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams…

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Tyrod Taylor Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 18, 2020 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Taylor managed to suit up as Los Angeles' No. 2 quarterback Week 11 despite his lingering ribs injury
Sep 20, 2020 NFL Chest Lung Puncture Taylor suffered a punctured lung after pregame warmups in the Chargers' Week 2 contest against the Chiefs. He was sidelined for 6 games
Sep 20, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Taylor cleared the protocol in time for Week 4 but was held out because of a minor back injury.
Aug 23, 2018 NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Taylor dislocated his left pinkie in Cleveland's 3rd exhibition but returned to the game.
Jan 7, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Taylor was injured near the end of Buffalo's Wild Card loss to Jacksonville.
Dec 3, 2017 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Taylor missed 1 game with a bruised patellar tendon in his left knee.
Aug 26, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Taylor was concussed in Week 3 of the preseason. He received medical clearance the Tuesday before Week 1.
Nov 27, 2016 NFL Inguinal Groin Tear Grade 3 Taylor played through the injury before undergoing surgery in January of 2017.
Oct 11, 2015 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Taylor sprained his MCL against the Titans and missed 2 games.