NFL Notes: Bills Reward Tyrod Taylor With Contract Extension

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- 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.

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.

GIANTS: Manning, Cruz won't play in Friday's preseason opener
RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quarterback Eli Manning won't play in the New York Giants' preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Ben McAdoo announced the decision Friday morning, hours before the game at MetLife Stadium.

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McAdoo, who is in his first season as the Giants coach after spending the last two as their offensive coordinator, says he knows what Manning can do.

Ryan Nassib, who has thrown 10 passes in his first three seasons with the Giants, will start.

Receiver Victor Cruz, linebacker Keenan Robinson and defensive end Kerry Wynn will not play for the Giants because of groin injuries.

Among the Dolphins not making the trip are defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Chris Culliver. Veteran free agent running back Arian Foster is not expected to play.

SEAHAWKS: Agreement reached with Texas A&M for '12th Man' rights
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M and the Seattle Seahawks have extended a deal allowing the NFL team's limited use of the university's "12th Man" trademark to describe fans.

The school says the Seahawks will no longer use "12th Man" references on social media or on the Ring of Honor at CenturyLink Field.

Texas A&M secured the trademark in 1990, and reached an agreement with the Seahawks in 2006 after the university sued.

The Aggies trace the "12th Man" to 1922 when student E. King Gill came out of the stands to help the injury-plagued roster. Gill never took the field, but the story came to signify fan commitment to the team.

Both sides announced the five-year agreement Thursday.

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