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Taylor doesn't mind comparisons to Vick

The comparisons have been unavoidable.

Ravens rookie Tyrod Taylor and the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick are both quarterbacks who grew up in the greater Hampton area of Virginia, starred at Virginia Tech, and mix an enticing blend of a strong arm and swift feet.

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Taylor and Vick will meet Thursday night in the preseason opener for both teams, and Taylor said Tuesday that he is excited about Vick, who mentored Taylor during the offseason.

"We actually talked about it all offseason," Taylor said after Ravens practice. "I actually talked to him three days ago. I've been looking forward to the opportunity to play against him or his team. So it should be fun to get out there and play against the Eagles."

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Taylor may not be as dynamic as Vick and has yet to develop into the four-time Pro Bowler that Vick has become, but Taylor did become the Hokies' all-time leading passer in 2010.Taylor, who hails from Hampton, said he welcomes the comparisons to Vick, who is from Newport News.

"We're from the same area, we went to the same school, our games are somewhat similar," Taylor said. "Different at times, but somewhat similar. I guess it does draw comparisons. He's one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league. So I don't mind those comparisons. At the same time, I'm myself and I want to make a name for myself."

On a side note, Taylor switched jersey numbers, dumping No. 6 for No. 2. Taylor said he wanted to wear No. 2 at the high school and collegiate levels, but his friend took No. 2 at Hampton and Virginia Tech had already reserved No. 5 for him.

Taylor denied asking for No. 2 as a way to symbolize his standing on the depth chart at quarterback.

"That's not it," he said with a smile. "It's just a number that I always wanted to wear, and it's an opportunity to wear it now."

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