Is Tyrod Taylor NFL Ready?

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01: Tyrod Taylor #2 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes upfield against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Every one knows how good a quarterback Tyrod Taylor was in college but in the NFL he is just another sixth round pick fighting to stay on a team as a back up. There have been many great college players over the years that could not continue the elite level of play that they did in college once they reached the pros.

Is Tyrod Taylor one of them? The Ravens seem to think he is an NFL caliber player. Baltimore spent all of 2011 with Taylor as their primary back up on a Super Bowl contender. At any time Taylor was a play away from stepping on to the field and being expected to win. Maybe the Ravens know something the rest of the league didn't. Everyone that has seen Taylor play with the Ravens has come away with rave reviews.

Unfortunately for Taylor he plays behind Mr. Reliable, Joe Flacco. Flacco has never missed a game at the NFL level. He also continues to grow into a better player each year. All of that is great for the Ravens but will the team ever know if Taylor is ready for the big show until it is too late. It will be interesting to see how Tyrod has grown since last season in the preseason this year. Those that have seen him noticed marked improvement.

"He's grown everywhere," Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday.

"Being a quarterback is complicated – there’s a lot to it. He's throwing the ball really well. His fundamentals — all of those guys have really improved their fundamentals. But, [he is] just handling the offense, understanding defenses, something that gets talked about every day."


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