Longtime Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor will get an opportunity to prove himself as a starting quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, who named him the Week 1 starter Monday, according to multiple reports.
A 2011 sixth-round NFL draft pick who spent four years backing up durable starter Joe Flacco, Taylor appeared in 14 games over four years with the Ravens. He never got the opportunity to start in Baltimore, though, and left for Buffalo in free agency to sign an incentive-laden two-year, $7 million contract.
Taylor has been the best out of the Bills starting quarterback candidates — including E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel — through the preseason, going 24 of 31 for 236 yards passing, and chipping in 11 rushes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
On Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he relieved Manuel and went 12 of 13 for 122 yards, and added a 20-yard touchdown run.
Taylor was a popular member of the Ravens locker room, and his former teammates will likely be very happy for him to get an opportunity.
"I think he's going to do great," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "I think he's a great athlete, a great quarterback. I'm happy for him. He deserves it. I've been waiting for them to name him the starter for at least a week now. I'm really, really happy for him. He's going to do a great job up there. They have a great team and he's going to help them get to where they want to be."
"Congratulations to Tyrod," coach John Harbaugh said. "I think - I know - we all believed he could be that kind of a player. He and I had that conversation many times, so congrats to him and [I'm] happy for [Bills coach Rex Ryan] that he has him."