“This was my first time actually sprinting and actually doing full movement things,” Taylor, who had groin surgery shortly after the 2016 season, told the team’s official site after voluntary workouts on Monday. “I’ve felt great since the surgery and the doctors here and the training staff have done a great job of getting me to 100 percent and I feel real good. I feel very explosive.”
He added: “I actually ran with the skill guys today to try and push myself. I know those guys run faster than the other groups so just tried to push it and see where I was. Like I said, I felt good. Going to continue to keep getting treatment, but nothing was bothering me. No limitations.”
His comments are good news on multiple levels. Taylor wasn’t treated like a face-of-the-franchise quarterback down the stretch in 2016 and the new regime dragged their feet on re-working his deal for 2017. He is still paid less than Mike Glennon, Brock Osweiler, Sam Bradford and others despite one Pro Bowl season under his belt and another that was nearly as good.
It would be entirely understandable if he wanted to come out of the gates salty given the Bills‘ lack of options behind him. Instead, Taylor seems to be becoming fast friends with new head coach Sean McDermott.
“When he didn’t have to be here, he was here,” McDermott said. “The way he attacked his rehab process and really the way he made himself available to me from the day I took the job until now. For the quarterback position, specifically, leadership is a trait we look for in that position.”
Buffalo should be thrilled. Taylor could have forced his way out of Buffalo this offseason and probably would have found a half dozen teams more than interested in his services. In a league where quarterbacks are either too raw and inexperienced or too old and stagnant, the 27-year-old Taylor represented the rare free-agent hit. Hopefully, the new regime will treat Taylor like one after getting a good look at him this spring.