Quarterback Joe Flacco is scheduled to play the first quarter of the Ravens' preseason opener at the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night. Backups Tyrod Taylor and Hunter Cantwell know how much playing time they will get, too.
Taylor, a rookie from Virginia Tech, is expected to play as much as 2½ quarters, while Cantwell, a practice-squad player with the Ravens last season, is slated to play in the remainder of the contest.
"It's just a lot of work for me to go out there, and it's a great opportunity for me to go out there and show what I'm capable of doing," Taylor said after Tuesday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "… I feel comfortable with everything that we've put in so far. So I'm just looking forward to having fun and going out there and helping the team win."
Taylor, the club's sixth-round pick in April, has gotten the vast majority of snaps with the second offense. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Taylor has had several passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage and has at times appeared befuddled by the Ravens defense.Taylor shrugged off the idea that Ravens fans will watch intently and critically to see if he is capable of backing up Flacco.
"I put more pressure on myself than anybody else does," Taylor said. "I want to succeed. There's a lot of naysayers, a lot of haters and a lot of doubters that think that I won't do well, but at the end of the day, I answer to myself. I just want to go out there and play well. Like I said, I'm comfortable with everything they put in the offense so far. I'm ready to go out there and play football. It's been a long time since I played in a game situation. So I believe everybody's ready to go out there."
Cantwell said he understands that he is third on the depth chart. But he insisted that he will try to make an impression with the coaching staff when his opportunity arises.
"You always want to play more, but you understand what the situation is," Cantwell said. "You just try to go out there and make the best of it. When I get in, I've got to take it one rep at a time and try to lead this team."