Ravens backup QB has strong preseason outing

Ravens backup QB has strong preseason outing
August 10, 2013, 7:00 am
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Tyrod Taylor reflects on Ravens solid preseason outing

Tyrod Taylor looks like an improved quarterback, even if he rarely gets a chance to show it.

As the backup to Joe Flacco, Taylor is not expecting much action once the regular season begins. Flacco hasn’t missed a start in five seasons. Being Flacco’s backup is a good way to keep you uniform clean.

However, Taylor played solidly during the Thursday night’s 44-16 victory over the Buccaneers, completing 13 of 23 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. It’s the type of performance that will give Taylor confidence should something happen to Flacco. Taylor played from the second quarter until midway through the fourth quarter. Third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie played just one full series, before his kneel-down to end the game. 

“It was definitely good to get all that playing time,” Taylor said after the game. “We did a lot of good things in this game, and some things we can learn from.’’

Here’s something else to watch. Taylor has the speed and elusiveness to running read option plays effectively. Would the Ravens ever consider using Taylor in situations this season to run the option? Taylor hopes so. 

“That’s coach (Jim) Caldwell’s decision,” said Taylor, referring to the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.  “I’m definitely open to run it. I love it.”

However, Taylor’s main goal is to keep improving, and to remain firmly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback. It seems both of those goals are being accomplished.

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