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After the preseason game versus the Buccaneers, has Tyrod Taylor's stock changed?

Baltimore Ravens' QB Tyrod Taylor runs with the ball in the first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Baltimore Ravens' QB Tyrod Taylor runs with the ball in the first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Here you can basically find this same type of article, but this is an updated article, especially since most of it will be about the preseason game on Thursday.

Tyrod Taylor has been the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens since 2011, when he was drafted in the sixth round. Taylor hasn't played very much in his career, since he has been behind quarterback Joe Flacco on the depth chart since he arrived in Baltimore. Taylor has played in only four regular season games, but of course, this has to do with the fact that Joe Flacco has never been hurt as a Raven.

Tyrod Taylor has played in all 9 preseason games that he has been on the Ravens' roster. His best preseason game to-date? The one on August 8th, 2013 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went 13/23 with 154 yards and two touchdowns. Not to mention, Taylor didn't throw an interception, and he was still able to rush for a decent 27 yards in just five rushing attempts. Taylor had a solid game in 2011, when he debuted in preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his two interceptions and zero touchdowns makes me say that that wasn't the best game he's played in preseason, even though he went 19/28 and threw for 179 yards.

Tyrod Taylor had the best regular season game in his career last season, when he played in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Taylor went 15/25 with 149 yards passing, 65 yards rushing, and one rushing touchdown. He also threw one interception, which ended up being a pick-six.

Why do all of these stats matter? I'll tell you why.

Tyrod Taylor has been trashed by many Ravens fans, and I know it is just preseason, but he didn't do badly at all on Thursday versus the Buccaneers. He actually threw fewer interceptions than Joe Flacco, and Taylor played 3 more quarters than Flacco. (NOTE: In no way, shape, or form am I saying that Tyrod Taylor is better than Joe Flacco, because we all know that isn't true!)

Taylor looked like he has worked on his throwing ability, while he showed that he can still run. A quarterback that Tyrod Taylor reminds me of? Colin Kaepernick. Although Kaepernick is better than Taylor, Tyrod is still allusive and can break away from defender, run down the sidelines, or make a decent throw if he needs to.

If Joe Flacco were to get hurt, Tyrod Taylor would have to be leading the pack. Would he be able to do it? Obviously not the way that Flacco can, but I believe that Taylor could still do well for the Ravens if he needed to start for whatever reason.

Tyrod Taylor isn't a bad quarterback, and a lot of people need to see that. Of course, it is only the first game of PRESEASON. We'll just have to see what else Tyrod can do, throughout the rest of the preseason, along with any time he plays in the regular season. But I think it is safe to say that Taylor added a bit of comfort to the quarterback position after the way he played on Thursday night.


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See highlights from Bucs-Ravens here.

Read a post-game recap here.