ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have placed their faith in quarterback Tyrod Taylor by signing him to a contract extension.

The team announced the deal Friday, which was reached a day before the Bills open their preseason by hosting the Indianapolis Colts.

Taylor was entering the final year of his contract and set make a $2 million base salary this season.

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He is being rewarded for displaying his dynamic dual-threat potential with his strong arm and scrambling ability in going 8-6 as a first-time starter last season.

Taylor completed 242 of 380 attempts for 3,035 yards passing, and threw 20 touchdown passes, 14 going 20 yards or longer. And he set the franchise record for quarterbacks with 586 yards rushing and scored four times.

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