Buffalo Bills (7-9; 3rd in AFC East)
Tyrod Taylor – Nothing is official yet, but reading through the tealeaves coming out of Buffalo at the end of the season, it sure feels like Taylor’s time in Buffalo is over. Taylor was actually benched for the season finale after the best game of his career against Miami in Week 16 (329/3 passing and 12/60 rushing), a decision the Bills made from a financial perspective. The Bills need to decide if they want to exercise his contract option, which guarantees him $15.5 million, or if they want to release him for just a $2.8 million hit. He put up very similar numbers the last two years, even though he played half the year without his only viable receiver Sammy Watkins, who played the other half of the games at less than 100%. Taylor completed 269/436 passes (61.7%) for 3023 yards (6.9 YPA), 17 TDs, and 6 INTs, and he added 95/580/6 rushing in 15 games. He averaged 21.1 FPG, tying him for 16th at the position with Derek Carr, and Tyrod led QBs in rushing yards (580) and TDs (6). Taylor proved to be a consistent fantasy option as a low-end QB1, scoring more than 25+ FP just three times this season but also scoring fewer than 17 FP just twice. According to Pro Football Focus, Taylor attempted a deep pass on 18.3% of his throws, which was the highest rate by more than 2%. He wasn’t nearly as an efficient with his deep passes in 2016 – his YPA dropped from 8.0 in 2015 to 6.9 in 2016 – but he also didn’t have a healthy Watkins at his disposal this season. He did improve throwing under pressure in his second season as a starter, but he’s never going to be known as a traditional pocket passer. Taylor underwent a sports hernia surgery at the conclusion of the season and is facing a 6-8 week recovery. Taylor lived up to expectations in 2016 and didn’t cost the Bills a chance at the playoffs, but it’s pretty clear the organization doesn’t want to hitch their wagon to Taylor for the long haul. Tyrod played well enough the last two seasons that he should be able to find a starting gig for the 2017 season, especially with so many QB jobs likely opening up this off-season.
Cardale Jones – The Bills made a number of bizarre decisions at the end of the season, including giving EJ Manuel one last start in the season finale when they decided to bench Tyrod Taylor for financial reasons. The Bills should’ve just started Jones in Week 17 to evaluate their rookie QB, but they gave Manuel one last chance to start before he leaves in free agency this off-season. Cardale actually relieved an ineffective Manuel in...