Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scrambling to Contain Bills' QB; Taylor (No. 3 QB in Rushing) Provides Serious Threat as Runner for Buffalo

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Scrambling to Contain Bills' QB; Taylor (No. 3 QB in Rushing) Provides Serious Threat as Runner for Buffalo

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Byline: John Reid

In last week's season finale against Tennessee, defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue both provided plenty of pass-rush pressure to flush quarterback Marcus Mariota out of the pocket.

But often, instead of sacking him, Mariota ran freely to avoid them. He finished as the Titans' leading rusher with 60 yards on 10 carries in Tennessee's 15-10 win.

Both Campbell and Ngakoue said facing Mariota was beneficial in their preparation for Sunday's AFC playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is an even bigger threat to scramble out of the pocket to avoid pass-rush pressure than Mariota. And he is faster.

Taylor ended the regular season as the NFL's third-leading rushing quarterback with 427 yards behind Carolina's Cam Newton (754) and Seattle's Russell Wilson (586). Taylor is the Bills' second-leading rusher behind running back LeSean McCoy, who gained 1,138 yards this season.

"The more you do it, the better you get at it,'' said Campbell, about facing a scrambling quarterback for the second consecutive week. "We definitely have to be aggressive as possible, but be disciplined. Mariota definitely used his legs and did some good things last week. But Tyrod is more of a guy that gets up the gut and takes off than he is going outside. He can do both and is an incredible talent.''

The Jaguars' defense finished second in the NFL with 55 sacks - the second most in franchise history. They achieved two 10-sack games against games against Houston in Week 1 and Indianapolis in Week 7. And Campbell and Ngakoue combined for 26.5 sacks in 16 games, including a franchise-record 14.5 for Campbell, who was selected to Pro Bowl.

Yet at times, the Jaguars have been vulnerable containing mobile quarterbacks because of their overpursuit off the edge.

"Basically you're sitting waiting for the quarterback to run and you're not trying to contain and he has a chance to throw the ball, you still got to rush,'' Ngakoue said.

With a possibility that McCoy could miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury, Coach Sean McDermott emphasized the benefits of Taylor's scrambling ability on Wednesday. …

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