As the backup quarterback to Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor looks forward to preseason. That’s usually the only time Taylor gets in the game.
Flacco has never missed a start in six seasons. However, if Flacco’s good fortune ends this season, Taylor vows to be ready. He is having a strong training camp, and Taylor should get significant playing time Thursday night, when the Ravens host the 49ers to open the preseason. Taylor is facing a challenge from rookie Keith Wenning to be Flacco’s backup, but Taylor is clearly winning the competition. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has been impressed by Taylor’s skill set.
“Ty really bought into what we’re doing, he’s working extremely hard,” Kubiak said. “The thing I love about Ty, I know his goal is to be a starter in this league and that’s what you want as a coach. So he’s very competitive, pushes Joe every day, doing a great job.”
Taylor is in the final year of his contract, so his future with the team is uncertain. However, Taylor blocks that out when he hits the field.
“That’s not my plan,” Taylor said. “That’s God’s plan. All I can do is control the things that I can control, and that’s coming out each and every day practicing well and preparing myself to go out there and play.”
Thursday night will be a chance for Taylor to hine, and he doesn’t plan on wasting it.
“The preseason is definitely big for me,” Taylor said. “I get a lot of reps throughout the preseason and I enjoy them.”