Should Taylor remain back-up QB?

Should Taylor remain back-up QB?
January 31, 2014, 10:45 am

Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs with the ball during the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won 19-3.

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Tyrod Taylor has completed 19 of 35 passes for 199 yards and two interceptions in his three-year NFL career. That's actually good because it means the Ravens' top quarterback hasn't been hurt during that time. 

But even though Joe Flacco has guided the team to two playoff appearances, including one Super Bowl title, during the three seasons that Taylor's been with the team, there's still one unanswered question. How can Taylor do if the Ravens have to hand him the job?

There's no question that Taylor's a solid quarterback who can do good things. He certainly showed that in college, and the Ravens have given him a few opportunities this past season to run the ball -- although Flacco didn't seem thrilled. But still, he's inexperienced and one question this off-season is going to be if the Ravens should look for someone more experienced as a back-up.

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The Ravens have been very fortunate that Flacco's avoided injury throughout his first six seasons. He's been like an iron-man event though injuries have slowed him at times. They haven't needed to call on Taylor.

After three years as a back-up, it would seem as if coach John Harbaugh and the team are happy with Taylor's progress. It's easy to see he's improved when watching him during the pre-season games. However, it probably wouldn't hurt to bring in a more experienced quarterback to compete for the back-up spot in the spring or summer. There's plenty of quarterbacks out in the world who wouldn't mind coming in and giving the Ravens a shot, and if Taylor wins that, he keeps the job. That's life in today's NFL. 

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