The Facts: Taylor's long-term future with the Buffalo Bills remains the biggest unknown on the team. He effectively has one season to prove to a new coach, Sean McDermott, and a new general manager, Brandon Beane, he's worthy of being the starting quarterback in 2018 and beyond. Through the offseason workouts that ended last Thursday, he seemed to do more to win over decision-makers with his demeanor and presence on the field than with his performance, which had been mostly forgettable until the final session. "I've really been impressed with the leadership," Taylor displayed, "the intangible qualities that are inherent or must be inherent to that quarterback position," McDermott told reporters during last week's mandatory minicamp.
Diehards Line: As News staffer Vic Carucci reminded readers, Taylor's leadership skills have often been questioned since he became the Bills' starter in 2015. He has never been particularly vocal, on or off the field. He has preferred to mainly lean on his actions to command the attention and respect of his teammates, who see him as a tremendously hard worker who is usually the first one in the weight room in the morning and one of the last to leave the practice facility at night. But he's aware that the quarterback must do more than that. The position requires him to be more assertive, which is what McDermott noticed Taylor showing during offseason practices and wants to see increase. ... It's something to build on in training camp.