Taylor can expect challenge at backup QB

Taylor can expect challenge at backup QB
March 27, 2014, 8:15 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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Tyrod Taylor’s role as the Ravens’ No. 2 quarterback does not sound safe, judging from John Harbaugh’s comments at the NFL owners meetings. Taylor has rarely played while backing up Joe Flacco, who has never missed a start in six seasons. However, Harbaugh pointed out that Taylor only had one year left on his contract, and that the Ravens needed to explore options.

“We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played games certainly,” Harbaugh said, according to a transcript provided by the Pro Football Writers of America. “We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he feels that way, too.

“We feel like Tyrod’s best football is by far definitely in front of him, but he’s only got one year left with us, so we need to add a quarterback into the mix, whether it be offseason or in the draft.”

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The Ravens were reportedly considering quarterback Brandon Weeden before he signed with the Cowboys. A. J. McCarron of Alabama, Zach Mettenberger of LSU, Aaron Murray of Georgia, Tom Savage of Pittsburgh, and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech are among quarterbacks that may be available from the third round on.

Taylor has held off past challenges for the backup job. But it appears Taylor will be challenged again.