McDermott says Tyrod Taylor has had some "playoff caliber moments"

October 18, 2017

Joe DiBiase reporting

Sean McDermott met with the media on Wednesday to discuss some of the Bills injuries, as well as their upcoming opponent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jordan Matthews returned to practice, but was limited. Cordy Glenn was a full participant, EJ Gaines & Leonard Johnson were limited, and Charles Clay and Ramon Humber were not on the field. McDermott is familiar with Tampa, he would've met them twice a year in the NFC South while with Carolina. However, it may not be Jameis Winston under center, as he was an AC Joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Winston was limited at Tampa's practice today. Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the start if he cannot go. 

Here's some of what McDermott told the media today.

On possibly playing against Ryan Fitzpatrick:
"I've had limited opportunities to go against him. Good quarterback. We all saw what happened after Jameis went out, and how he brought that team back. Very capable player, his career speaks for itself, how long he's played. He's a competitor, loves to compete. Whichever quarterback plays, they've got two solid quarterbacks that can win games for them. I know he was here for some time. Fitzpatrick is well respected in this building."

On the addition of Deonte Thompson at receiver:
"I like his speed. You see the ability to separate, and then how physical he is. Feel like it was a good addition. Brandon and his staff are doing a good job keeping an eye on the waiver wire. He and Tyrod know each other, the familiarity is nice to have. The good part about D.T. is he's been in different systems, so some of it is just terminology. I'm anxious to see him on the practice field, and we'll get him going here."

On how he evaluates Tyrod Taylor, despite the changing weapons around him:
"You evaluate everyone both individually and then together. You want to see the offense move. On the days that you don't have your A game, how do you effect the team. Tyrod's had some very very very good days, and what I'd call playoff caliber moments."

On Tampa's Gerald McCoy:
"He's a phenomenal player, he can wreck a game plan. With his penetration, his size, he's a force both in the pass game and in the run game. That's a little bit unique, you don't usually find a player that's the total package like he is. We've got to make sure we do a good job there."

On bringing in new players on a regular basis:
"It's us evolving as a team. When you stop doing that, you better be really confident in what you've got. It's either that or there's nothing out there potentially better than what you have. There's times you bring those players in, and you don't feel like they can upgrade what you have. Sometimes they do, and it lasts for years. I think that's healthy with the approach, our philosophy is to do that."


You can here all of Sean McDermott's meeting with the media below.