Tyrod Taylor has been the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens for the past four seasons. The 2011 sixth round pick provided security and comfort for the Ravens in that time, they always knew that they had a dynamic and capable player ready to step in if in fact Flacco went down.
The Buffalo Bills had two quarterbacks on their roster prior to acquiring Taylor, he’ll be joining Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel. New Bills head coach Rex Ryan feels great about the addition of Tyrod, sharing just that on a Canadian radio show a bit earlier:
“I actually tried to trade for [Taylor] when I was with the Jets,” Ryan said. “If he’s not the fastest quarterback in the league, he’s certainly up there with them.”
While the three quarterbacks will compete for the job, Taylor brings a much different skill set to the table than the other two. While all three quarterbacks can move, Taylor has shown the ability to be downright explosive when running the football. He’s also more than capable throwing the ball, the reason that matters is he’s joining a team with LeSean McCoy in the backfield. Greg Roman is also the offensive coordinator or run game specialist in Buffalo, think back to the running game he had in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick and they didn’t have a back remotely like McCoy.
Taylor has a really good chance to show what he can do in this league as a starter, it’s up to him to take advantage of the new situation and make it happen. Buffalo may have found the perfect fit for their system at quarterback. Only time will tell, but Taylor has to love the opportunity to join an offense with two explosive playmakers in McCoy and young Sammy Watkins.