by Mario Granata
This off-season saw its fair share of publicity, albiet negatively, when the name Colin Kaepernick was brought up. Given the performances that he showed on the field, it was puzzling to many people as to why he wasn't picked up by an NFL team. Some could attribute it to the coaching carousel in the NFL, and those coaches wanting to draft "their" guy or others who thought he would be a distraction to their team, whatever the reason, Kaepernick wasn't signed. To those teams who were interested in Kaepernick, they might want to take a look at Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor, according to many in the 716 area code, may have seen his last game as a Buffalo Bill as he exited the game due to injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 7th. If Brian Daboll and the current staff want to move forward from him and pick up another quarterback in free agency or via the draft, Taylor should be an interesting addition if teams want to look at him.
Taking a look at the stats for both Taylor and Kaepernick in their first 42 starts opens the eyes for anyone who would want to take a chance on Taylor if they were interested in Kaepernick.
First 42 Starts
Completions and Attempts:
Kaepernick: 711-1177 (60.4%).
Taylor: 774-1236 (62.6%)
Touchdowns and Interceptions:
An interesting landing spot for Taylor would be Denver. The last two Offensive Coordinators that Colin Kaepernick had in San Francisco (Curtis Modkins (2016) and Geep Chryst (2015)) are both on the Denver Broncos coaching staff. Modkins is the Running Backs Coach and Chryst is the Tight Ends Coach.
If multiple teams are in fact interest in Taylor (and why wouldn't they) there are a few pieces on the Denver roster that would fit nicely in Buffalo. Bradley Roby, who is on the final year of his rookie contract would be a nice addition to the Bills. (And yes, I know its a long shot, but I am a Bills fan, so it comes with the territory).