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5 Tyrod Taylor QB
Height/Weight: 6-1/215 | Birthdate: 8/3/1989 | Birthplace: Hampton, VA, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Virginia Tech | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 5/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Bills coach Rex Ryan officially tabs Tyrod Taylor as QB


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/31/2015) Bills coach Rex Ryan made the news official at a press conference Monday, naming Tyrod Taylor the team's starting quarterback, citing his "explosiveness" at the position, per The Buffalo News

Taylor has put up impressive numbers during the preseason, going 24-for-31 for 236 yards, but has not started a game since the 2011 Orange Bowl when he was the signal-caller for Virginia Tech. He has played in 14 games as a backup with the Ravens.

Ryan said that Taylor is "on top of what we are doing," and that with a team built to win now, Taylor gives them the best chance over fellow quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel. 

Taylor is scheduled to make $833,333 this season, but that figure could increase to $2 million with performance- and playing-time bonuses. 


Report: Bills name Tyrod Taylor starting QB


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/31/2015) After a wide-open quarterback competition, the results are apparently in for Bills coach Rex Ryan. According to FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer, the Bills are prepared to name Tyrod Taylor their starter for Week 1. 

Taylor has performed well in the preseason, earning the edge over EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, perhaps due to his threat as a runner in addition to his passing ability. 

Taylor has yet to make an NFL start, appearing in 14 games in four seasons as a backup with the Ravens. 


Bills' Manuel gets start over Taylor, Cassel in third preseason game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Bills coach Rex Ryan said EJ Manuel will get the start over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel in the team's third preseason game Saturday against the Steelers. Taylor and Cassel have each started one preseason game.

"My plan was to give everybody opportunities," Ryan said Thursday. "Nobody can say nobody wasn't given a fair shot here."

Manuel has completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games.

Taylor has completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. He also has rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 10 attempts through two games.

Cassel has appeared in just one game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 45 yards.


Bills QB Tyrod Taylor makes case for starting nod with fine effort


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2015) Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor strengthened the competition for the starting job at that position with a fine effort Thursday in Cleveland.

Taylor completed 7 of 10 passes for 65 yards in helping his cause in what is shaping up as a battle with Matt Cassel, according to ESPN. Taylor only put three points on the board, but he added 41 yards rushing in just four attempts.


Bills QB Tyrod Taylor to play backup role in preseason


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/11/2015) Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be the backup during the team's next two preaseason games, coach Rex Ryan said according to NFL.com.

Taylor will back up Matt Cassel, while former first-round pick E.J. Manuel slides down to the third spot on the depth chart.


GM: EJ Manuel on 'equal footing' with Bills' other QBs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Bills general manager Doug Whaley denied reports that the team is moving on from quarterback EJ Manuel

The team acquired Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason.

In an interview with Jim Rome, Whaley said, "I look at it this way, in this business controversy sells,. The more controversy that you can drum up then the more intereste people are going to be."

"For us we’re excited about the future of all three of those guys," Whaley said. "It’s going to be a great competition. And we can keep three quarterbacks. So I dismiss that as just someone trying to get something stirred during this down time and lack of media stories for the NFL." 

Whaley said all three quarterbacks have an equal shot of winning the starting job. 

"I look for him to come in and compete and try to take the job," he said. "Everybody has got an equal footing. It’s a clean slate for all four of our quarterbacks. We’re not tied to anybody. We just want the best man to start."


Tyrod Taylor vying for Bills' starting QB job


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) The Bills are possibly a quarterback away from being a playoff contender. 

EJ Manuel has been lackluster thus far. Matt Cassel isn't getting any younger. This leaves a potential opportunity for Tyrod Taylor, who signed with Buffalo after spending his first four years as a backup with the Ravens, to be a dark horse to win the job. 

In an interview with Sporting News, Taylor said he's trying to drown out the local noise hyping him up to possibly take the position. 

"I knew coming in here how it was going to be," Taylor said. "My focus is to just prepare for these camps, learn the offense, study and play the best I can.’’

Taylor backed up Joe Flacco during his four years with the Ravens after being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. Flacco proved to be a durable quarterback, which never gave Taylor an opportunity to start. 

Taylor said that Bills coach Rex Ryan told him there would be a quarterback competition during training camp, with the former Virginia Tech star ready for the challenge. 

“He was telling me how excited he was to have a chance to have me there and to have me compete for the job,’’ Taylor said. “Throughout the process, I thought this opportunity was the best for an open competition. That’s what I’d always felt throughout the offseason, and I had confidence in what I could do when I got that chance.’’


Bills' Rex Ryan not ready to 'throw out' EJ Manuel


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) New Bills coach Rex Ryan brought in veteran quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, but that doesn't mean he's ready to give up on EJ Manuel

"And then EJ. Let's not just throw him out after two years. Aaron Rodgers never took a snap for three years. So let's see where Manuel's going to be," Ryan said, per the Buffalo News.

Ryan plans to have a quarterback competition during OTAs and training camp. 


Bills HC Rex Ryan says QB competition to be open


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Bills head coach Rex Ryan has options at the quarterback spot going into the 2015 season. There will be competition for the starting spot this offseason.

“It’s going to be open,” Ryan told WGR radio, via the team’s official website.  “It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there.”

The Bills currently have four quarterbacks on their roster including Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel. Ryan brokedown what each signal caller brings to the table.

“We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens,” Ryan said.  “You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel.  He’s done some pretty good things in this league.  He’s got that veteran presence about him.  With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having [quarterbacks coach] David Lee here.  I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart.  With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league,” Ryan said.  “He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at.  Then Tuel.  We’ve got guys there to work with.  That’ll be the important thing.  There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job.  It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”


Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in three-way battle to start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor turned down more money in free agency to join the Bills, where he'll have the opportunity to compete for a starting job, NFL.com reports.

"There is going to be a competition," Taylor said. "No one is really ahead of the other guy right now. They're looking forward to us coming in and pushing each other to make this team better."

The Bills view Taylor as a zone-read possibility similar to the role 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel was supposed to fill. Head coach Rex Ryan actually indicated he tried to acquire Taylor during his previous job.

"I actually tried to trade for (Taylor) when I was with the Jets," Ryan told CJCL in Toronto. "If he's not the fastest quarterback in the league, he's certainly up there with them. He's got great run skills. I'm not gonna say he's Russell Wilson, but he's got a little of that in him, where he's able to run zone-reads and pull the ball down and be effective."

Taylor, Manuel and offseason acquisition Matt Cassel are set to compete for the team's starting quarterback job heading into the 2015 season.


Bills sign QB Tyrod Taylor


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/12/2015) Bills coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that the team signed former Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor, reports ESPN.com. Taylor is Buffalo's third quarterback behind Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel.

A 2011 sixth-round pick, Taylor spent four seasons as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore. He has thrown 35 career passes with two interceptions and no touchdowns, but has run 27 times for 136 yards (5.0 ypc) and a score.

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Report: QB Tyrod Taylor visiting Bills


(3/11/2015) Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is visiting with the Bills, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The former Ravens backup quarterback did not throw a pass last year for the first time in his career.

Taylor, 25, has never started a game since being drafted in 2011.


Backup QB Tyrod Taylor's time with the Ravens could be over


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is contemplating his future as he is set to hit the free-agent market after backing up Joe Flacco the last four seasons. Taylor did not attempt a pass in 2014 for the first time in his career.

"That's the nature of the game," Taylor said of playing infrequently, per The Baltimore Sun. "I knew that coming into this situation. When I got drafted here, Joe was pretty durable. My job was to stay ready and I think I've done that in my time here. I've learned a lot.

"I've been reliable. The coaches have confidence in me. It's just a fresh start. I knew the reality was coming. I have had time to think about it and we'll see what's the plan moving forward."


Ravens backup runners do little Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The Ravens backup runners did little Week 6.

Lorenzo Taliaferro received just two carries, but did gain 29 yards. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had four carries for -3 yards. He did not receive a passing attempt. Both players will take on the Falcons Week 7.


Tyrod Taylor entrenched ahead of Keith Wenning


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/14/2014) The Ravens drafted Keith Wenning in the sixth round to vie with Tyrod Taylor for the backup job behind quarterback Joe Flacco. But in minicamps, Wenning did not appear ready to challenge Taylor, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The paper expects Wenning to serve as the No. 3 quarterback this season while Taylor finishes out his rookie contract.


Ravens could be interested in T.J. Yates, Case Keenum


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(4/28/2014) The Ravens are "keeping an eye on" Texans quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Case Keenum, in case they're released following the draft, reports the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore is not committed to Tyrod Taylor as its backup quarterback.

Tyrod Taylor fighting for his job


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/30/2014) Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he spoke with coach John Harbaugh and understands he'll have to compete for the backup job in 2014.

"Yeah, we talked about it, and there's competition across the league every day," Taylor told the Baltimore Sun. "You've got to compete for your job to stay there. We know where we stand. I'm trying to get better every day. Competition — that's the name of this game."

Taylor has a career 47.2 passer rating, with no touchdowns and two interceptions among 35 pass attempts.


Ravens 'a little disappointed' in Tyrod Taylor's performance


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the team wants to upgrade at backup quarterback. Tyrod Taylor is entering the final year of his contract and has never completed 60 percent of his passes in the preseason, notes ESPN.com.

"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 told the website. "We feel like he's a lot better than he's showed. I know he feels that way, too. We feel like Tyrod's best football is by far definitely in front of him, but he's only got one year left with us, so we need to add a quarterback into the mix, whether it be offseason or in the draft.”


Ravens looking to upgrade at backup quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/19/2014) The Ravens talked to Brandon Weeden before he signed with the Cowboys as Baltimore looks to improve at backup quarterback, reports ESPN.com. The website says the Ravens should look at Ryan Fitzpatrick, just released by the Titans.

Current No. 2 quarteback Tyrod Taylor "can get the team through a game if [Joe] Flacco got hurt," the report said. "But, if Flacco had to miss a significant amount of time, the Ravens' season would be over because Taylor isn't an accurate passer."


Tyrod Taylor sees some fourth-quarter snaps in Week 16 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor took over for Joe Flacco late in the fourth quarter and completed 1 of 4 passes for 2 yards with and one interception in Week 16 against New England.

His first snap was botched, and the Patriots recovered in the end zone. He was then picked off by Tavon Wilson, who also returned it for a score. Taylor rushed for 39 yards on three carries in a 41-7 defeat.

Tyrod Taylor contributes in wildcat


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who had contributed zero passes and one run coming into the game, took several snaps out of the wildcat formation with the Ravens motivated to keep the ball out of the air on a windy day Week 12 against the Jets.

He looked good at first, picking up 17 yards on his first carry, but with losses of 6 and 7 yards on later carries, he ended up netting just 7 yards on four carries. He also caught a 6-yard pass and threw an incompletion.


Tyrod Taylor has 18 rushing yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/10/2013) Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor carried the ball once for 18 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals. Taylor came in on a designed play, which was an end-around/option hybrid. 

The Ravens travel to Chicago to face the Bears in Week 11. 


Three Ravens sit out preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring), quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion) and wide receiver Deonte Thompson (chest) were all held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Rams. The Ravens will open the season at Denver on Sept. 5.

Tyrod Taylor passes concussion tests, could play Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/27/2013) Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed part of his concussion testing and coach John Harbaugh said Taylor could play at St. Louis, assuming he is cleared. Joe Flacco won't play in the preseason finale, so it's an opportunity for Taylor to get substantial work.

Taylor got hurt in the fourth quarter of last Thursday's game against Carolina.


Tyrod Taylor checked out for concussion


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor may have suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Panthers, but that has yet to be confirmed through further testing.

"The only one injury issue was Tyrod," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun. "He went through the concussion protocol there. So, we'll have to play that one by ear. I haven't heard anything on that. Other than that, we came out healthy. I'm very pleased about that."

Taylor left the game in the fourth quarter, after completing 3 for 4 passes for 26 yards and an interception. He added 24 yards on five carries, and appeared to suffer the injury after his final rush.