Giants Confirm QB Tyrod Taylor Will Start ‘Revenge’ Game Against Bills

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Getty Tyrod Taylor could feature with the first-team offense when the Giants face the Bengals in preseason.

Tyrod Taylor’s homecoming this weekend will take on extra significance after the New York Giants confirmed that the former Buffalo Bills quarterback will get the start against his former team.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on October 13 that the Giants ruled starting quarterback Daniel Jones out for the team’s Sunday night game against the Bills. That leaves Taylor in line to start against the Bills, the team where he started over the course of three seasons and helped break a 17-year playoff drought in 2017.

Rapoport noted that the start sets up a potential “revenge” game for Taylor.

Daniel Jones Ruled Out With Neck Injury

Jones was forced to leave his team’s Week 5 loss to the Miami Dolphins with a neck injury, and he later gave an unclear assessment on whether he would recover in time to face the Bills on October 15.

“I feel fine,” Jones said after the game. “I think clearly in some pain. Physical game. Meet with the doctors and trainers and then go from there.”

Giants head coach Brian Daboll expressed optimism on Monday that Jones would be cleared to play, but he did not improve enough throughout the week.

Tight end Darren Waller said it was difficult to see the quarterback in so much pain.

“It’s tough to see, man,” Waller said, via the team’s official website. “A dude that’s as tough as that, you know he’s gonna pop back up time after time after time, but you still don’t want to see that, especially having your quarterback or any guy on your team down and potentially had to be out. Nobody wants to see that,man. It’s a violent, unforgiving game sometimes, but just praying that it’s nothing serious with him.”

The injury leaves Taylor in line for his first career start for the Giants, the team he joined in 2022. Taylor has appeared in seven games, completing 17 of 23 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

Tyrod Taylor’s Messy Exit From Buffalo

Taylor first joined the Bills in 2015 after serving as a backup to Joe Flacco with the Baltimore Ravens. He won the open quarterback competition in his first year in Buffalo, holding the starting job for three seasons and throwing for 8,857 yards with 51 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 44 career games.

Taylor was an important part of the team that reached the playoffs in 2017, though the Bills moved on the following offseason as they drafted Josh Allen. Taylor expressed some mixed feelings about his time in Buffalo, including first-year head coach Sean McDermott’s decision to bench him midway through the 2017 season in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.

Peterman had a disastrous start, throwing five first-half interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers before Taylor came back in after halftime. Speaking out the following year, Taylor said he never quite understood why he was benched and didn’t believe he got a straight explanation from the team.

I wasn’t being told the truth at the time,” Taylor said, via Pro Football Talk. “The GM told me one thing and the head coach told me something else.”

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