Tyrod Taylor Hopes For A Chance To Start, But Will Weigh Options


Tyrod Taylor has spent most of his time in Baltimore watching Sunday's action from the sidelines.

Starter Joe Flaccco has never missed a game in his seven-year career, leaving Taylor minimal opportunities to actually get on the field. The most playing time for Taylor has come in blowouts and during a brief flirtation in a wildcat package during the 2013 season.

The Ravens have talked highly of Taylor throughout his four-year career, but playing time is hard to come by behind a franchise quarterback. Now Taylor is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and he could look for a landing spot where he has a chance to compete for playing time.

"Of course the competitor in me wants to play, but you have to weigh out all the options," Taylor said. "You can't cancel out anything. You just have to look at every option, pray about it, and hopefully God moves your heart the right way."

During his four years with the Ravens, Taylor has played in 14 games. He's completed 19 of his 35 passes for 199 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He's also a threat to run, and has 27 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. 

"I definitely think that I can play in this league," Taylor said. "And I think the coaches have confidence that I can play in this league. Whether it happens, or where it happens, I don't know. I don't control that part of it." 

Taylor has been Flacco's only backup for the last four years, as the Ravens have kept just two quarterbacks on the active roster.

The team drafted Keith Wenning in the sixth round last year as a developmental player, and he spent the season on the practice squad. If Taylor were to leave, the Ravens could go with Wenning as Flacco's backup or look to bring in another quarterback.

"I know the reality of it, but I've just been focusing on this season, trying to advance. Now I'll have some time to think about it," Taylor said. "This organization gave me an opportunity to showcase my talent, and gave me an opportunity to compete each and every year. Those times, you can't take those back. I was fortunate to win a Super Bowl here and be in the playoffs three out of the four years here. As far as memories, those will never go away."

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