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Tyrod Taylor's NFL debut: 179 yards passing, but 2 interceptions

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Tyrod Taylor's debut in the NFL did little to quell sentiment that the Ravens need a veteran presence behind starter Joe Flacco.

After leaving Virginia Tech as the school's all-time passer, Taylor got a rude welcome from the Philadelphia Eagles in their 13-6 victory over the Ravens in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night.

On his third play of the game, Taylor prematurely launched a deep pass to rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith that was intercepted by safety Jaiquawn Jarrett.

A Taylor pass to Dennis Pitta in the right flat was behind the tight end. After an interception and 39-yard return by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard set up the offense near midfield, the unit stalled at the Eagles' 43-yard line, forcing the Ravens to punt.

And after the offense drove to Philadelphia's 8, Taylor tried to force a pass to rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss in the end zone that was intercepted by safety Jarrad Page.

After a potential third interception was overturned by video review, Taylor walked into the locker room with a trainer after absorbing a blow to the head.

Through the first three quarters, Taylor completed 8-of-12 passes for 57 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked three times and had a passer rating of 37.8.

"Tyrod did some good things," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said in remarks collected by the team during halftime. "He's a young man who learns quickly, and you almost see improvement every day. I'll say one thing: it's not too big for him. He has poise."

On Tuesday, Taylor sounded optimistic about his development in training camp.

"I think I've taken steps forward," he said after practice. "My main goal was to come in and learn as much as possible from Coach Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco. And each day, you get better. Don't take any satisfaction, and I think I've been like that from Day 1 at camp."

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