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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Virginia Tech
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Mike Rodak considers Tyrod Taylor a lock or near lock for the final roster.
Matt Cassel was so bad during offseason workouts that he enters camp with ground to make up on Taylor and E.J. Manuel. In fact, both Rodak and the Buffalo News are giving Taylor a serious shot to win the Week 1 starting job. That would be an interesting deep-league fantasy development as Taylor would project for plenty of running yards. In 15 limited preseason outings as a Raven, he rushed 58 times for 453 yards (7.81 YPC) with two touchdowns. A 26-year-old fifth-year player, Taylor has never started an NFL game. Jul 27 - 8:59 AM

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The Buffalo News believes it's "really possible" the Bills name Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback.

Taylor, Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel split reps evenly throughout the offseason program, with Cassel performing the poorest. It's not that far-fetched to suggest Taylor could beat out Manuel and his 58.6 career completion percentage. Rex Ryan appears most enthusiastic about Taylor, the quarterback he "hand picked." Taylor has never started an NFL game, spending the last four years as Joe Flacco's backup.
Jun 30 - 9:44 AM

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports "several people within the organization" believe QB Tyrod Taylor has a chance to be the Week 1 starter.

The Bills have been splitting reps between Taylor, E.J. Manuel, and Matt Cassel at OTAs. A favorite of Rex Ryan, Taylor has flashed starting-caliber tools in preseason games, but his accuracy issues (54.3 career completion-percentage) are well documented. The Bills like Taylor’s ability to run OC Greg Roman’s scheme, where Colin Kaepernick finished behind only Russell Wilson in rushing yards (639) and attempts (104) last year.
May 30 - 5:13 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed QB Tyrod Taylor will get first-team reps during offseason practices.

"The way they’re structuring practices everyone is getting a run with the ones," said GM Doug Whaley. "So it’s a fair shake. In this system that we’re trying to figure out who is going to be the number one. It’s all about competition. That’s why everybody involved is excited about it." Matt Cassel is the favorite to win the starting job with E.J. Manuel his most likely competition, but it is telling Buffalo is giving reps to a career backup like Taylor. With the quarterback position in disarray, the Bills should lean heavily on LeSean McCoy and the running game.
May 23 - 9:47 AM

Tyrod Taylor's two-year deal with the Bills includes $1.2 million guaranteed.

Taylor can earn $7 million over the contract if he becomes the starter. He reportedly turned down more money from the Broncos to sign with Buffalo. After spending four years behind Joe Flacco, Taylor should be part of an open competition with E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel. Cassel remains the favorite.
Mar 14 - 6:41 PM

Bills signed QB Tyrod Taylor, formerly of the Ravens.

Taylor joins Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel in what should be a three-man competition this summer, though Cassel is the overwhelming favorite. Taylor will most likely be the No. 3, but we've seen reports of people around the NFL wanting to see Taylor get a shot after spending four years behind Joe Flacco.
Mar 12 - 10:30 AM

Free agent QB Tyrod Taylor is visiting the Bills.

Joe Flacco's longtime backup didn't attempt a pass last season. He'd be a clear No. 3 in Buffalo behind Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel.
Mar 11 - 12:53 AM

Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens have been "disappointed" with Tyrod Taylor's progression and are looking for quarterback depth.

"We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly," Harbaugh said. "We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed." Taylor has just one year left on his contract and hasn't impressed in limited opportunities. The Ravens were rumored to be interested in Brandon Weeden before he signed with Dallas.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor rushed four times for seven yards and caught a six-yard pass in Baltimore's Week 12 win over the Jets.

Taylor gained 17 yards on a Wildcat run and was otherwise wholly ineffective in a surprisingly increased role against the Jets. He attempted just once pass and it fell incomplete. We suspect Taylor's usage on offense will not become a staple for OC Jim Caldwell moving forward.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 04:14:00 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 15-of-25 passes for 149 yards and an interception while rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in relief of Joe Flacco against the Bengals in Sunday's Week 17, 23-17 loss.

Flacco and the starters played just two series before Taylor and the backups made their way into the game. It was Taylor's seventh appearance of the season but his first extensive action. The 23-year-old took a bootleg into the end zone from one yard out in the fourth quarter to put the Ravens up 14-13, but he didn't do a whole lot after that. Taylor's interception went for a pick-six to Carlos Dunlap late in the contest and effectively salted away any chance the Ravens had to escape with a win. The Ravens will host the Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs next weekend.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 04:26:00 PM

The Baltimore Sun believes QB Tyrod Taylor will be "seriously challenged" by Curtis Painter for the Ravens' No. 2 job.

"Tyrod's doing well. Curtis is working hard," new QBs coach Jim Caldwell said. "So they'll keep their nose to the grindstone and see what happens." Taylor should have the upper hand after serving in the same capacity last season, but has just one career pass attempt to Painter's 271. Painter also played under Caldwell the past two seasons in Indianapolis. Considering how poorly he played, however, that might not necessarily work in Painter's favor. We expect Taylor to keep his job.
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 03:42:00 PM

Coach John Harbaugh indicated that Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor has "grown everywhere" this offseason.

"He's throwing the ball really well," said Harbaugh. "His fundamentals ... just handling the offense, understanding defenses." Although Taylor has a firm hold on the No. 2 job over Curtis Painter, he's not expected to have a significant role in Wildcat-like packages this season.
Thu, Jun 7, 2012 05:20:00 PM

Following Thursday's Curtis Painter signing, coach John Harbaugh insists that Tyrod Taylor is entrenched as Joe Flacco's primary backup.

"Tyrod is our No. 2 quarterback; I want to make that very clear," Harbaugh said. "Everybody competes for their job, there's no doubt about it, we believe in that, we always will, but he's our No. 2 quarterback. He's entrenched as our No. 2 quarterback." Painter is no lock to make the final roster.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 10:08:00 AM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is confident in Tyrod Taylor as Joe Flacco's long-term backup.

"Everything you would want from a quarterback, from a guy that hasn't played, Tyrod has it," Newsome said, complementing Taylor's poise, accuracy, and leadership ability. "He has to get on the field and prove that he can play," added Newsome, "but all of the intangibles, everything else that you expect a quarterback to have, other than being 6-foot-4, Tyrod has it."
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 05:18:00 PM

The Ravens are not expected to pursue free agent QB David Garrard.

The Ravens feel just fine with Tyrod Taylor behind Joe Flacco. "Tyrod is our backup quarterback," coach John Harbaugh said. "Look at the roster. I sure like Tyrod as a football player. He had a heck of a preseason."
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 09:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2E.J. Manuel
3Tyrod Taylor
4Matt Simms
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Bryce Brown
5Karlos Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Fred Jackson
FB1Jerome Felton
2John Conner
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Marcus Easley
4Dezmin Lewis
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Robert Woods
2Percy Harvin
3Chris Hogan
4Deonte Thompson
5Justin Brown
WR31Percy Harvin
TE1Charles Clay
2Chris Gragg
3MarQueis Gray
4Nick O'Leary
5Matthew Mulligan
K1Dan Carpenter
2Jordan Gay