August 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Micheal Vick is about as dynamic a quarterback as you will find in the NFL these days. Vick has made a living hurting defenses with his arm and his rushing ability. He also is very gifted at throwing on the run. Not to mention his elusiveness in the pocket when facing a pass rush.
He can be extremely hard for NFL teams to prepare for because there just aren't many quarterbacks that posses his particular set of skills for them to practice against. Luckily for the Baltimore Ravens they have their very own mini 'Michael Vick' on their roster in second string quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor went to the same school as Vick and even broke some of his records along the way. Other than being left handed he is the perfect practice dummy for the Ravens to prepare for the speedy quarterback which they will be facing this Sunday on national television.
The Ravens can find out which defensive schemes are best suited for keeping the speedster at bay. They will need to confine Vick in the backfield but also keep him from creating too much extra time for his receivers to get open down field.
Sure, this is a daunting task for any team but the Cleveland Browns seemed to have found a way to keep the Eagles high powered offense at bay, for most of the game at least, in week one. If the Ravens are able to get ahead early and force Vick and the Eagles offense into passing situations perhaps they can force him to turn the ball over as he did in Cleveland.
Joe Flacco may have a bit harder of a time passing the ball all over the field against the Eagles highly touted secondary. Luckily for Baltimore they have weapons all over the place on offense and they do not have to rely solely on the passing game to win.
There is no doubt that they have a distinct advantage having Taylor on the roster as the defense has had to try and find ways to defeat a duel threat quarterback for some time now in practice. Hopefully it will give them a leg up on the competition come game day.