EARLY BIRD: Taylor hopes for more chances

3 and Out: Will Ravens use Tyrod Taylor more?

EARLY BIRD: Taylor hopes for more chances
November 16, 2013, 7:00 am
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens on a travel day to Chicago for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

Two-minute topic: Will backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor become a bigger part of the offense?

We finally got a glimpse of what Taylor is capable of last Sunday against the Bengals. The only time he touched the football, he gained 18 yards on a reverse. That’s the kind of positive play the Ravens sorely need. An exceptional athlete, Taylor enjoyed getting a chance to contribute, and hopes that more opportunities will come during the final two months of the season.

“You always want to help your team win games," Taylor said Friday in the Ravens’ locker room. “I think the coaching staff has a good idea of ways I may be able to help. When I’m called, I just have to be ready.”

How often, and how much, the Ravens plan to use Taylor remains top-secret information in the locker room. The Ravens want to have the element of surprise on their side. Maybe we’ll see Taylor in the Wildcat formation Sunday against the Bears. Maybe we will see him throw a pass, run the read option, or maybe we won’t see him at all. Regardless of how much he played, Taylor said he has mastered the challenge of staying prepared.

“I make the most of whatever reps I get in practice, and I take mental reps when Joe (Flacco) is on the field,” Taylor said. “That’s part of my job. But all players want to see action.”

Don’t be surprised if Taylor sees more action the rest of the way. The Ravens’ offense needs as much help as it can get.

Morning thought: “Tyrod is a great player, and if that was to happen, I think everybody should feel very confident about his abilities to go in there, run the offense and get the job done.” - Flacco, on how Taylor would respond if Flacco suffered an injury.

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