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No one should think otherwise. Whaley was ready to move on from Tyrod Taylor after 2016, but when McDermott was hired and began to get to know Taylor, provided Taylor and the team could work out a more favorable, team-friendly contract. That happened, he wanted to retain him, and Taylor is back for at least 2017, though the Bills hedged their bets by signing veteran free agent T.J. Yates and drafting Nathan Peterman in the fifth round. They will join Cardale Jones in a competition to be the backup.
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The good news is that it might be almost impossible to not show defensive improvement under McDermott. Last season, because linemen such as Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams can return to tackle positions, the Bills ranked 16th in points allowed and 29th in rushing yards allowed. The players never bought in to Ryan’s complicated 3-4 defense that demanded so much reading. The Bills’ personnel is better suited to McDermott’s scheme, while Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson can go out and be pass-rushing ends. Ryan’s scheme seemed to have everyone playing out of position.
There has been change in the coaching and personnel departments, Buffalo plays seven games against teams that made the playoffs., but the reality for 2017 is that it’s going to be difficult for the Bills to end their playoff drought. The dynastic New England Patriots aren’t going anywhere, on paper, the NFL’s fifth-toughest schedule. Buffalo’s opponents had a combined winning percentage of .561 in 2016, and the Bills have, and, counting the division rival Miami Dolphins and New England twice