The Ravens unveiled a new wrinkle in their offense Thursday night during a 23-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, one of the better athletes on the team and a former Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year at Virginia Tech, lined up at wide receiver during the second quarter.
Although Taylor didn't get the football thrown in his direction by fellow quarterback Joe Flacco, he occupied a defender and says he was one of Flacco's progressions on the play. He wasn't a mere decoy.
Flacco went with his first read, hitting wide receiver Torrey Smith in stride for an 18-yard touchdown to stake the Ravens to a 6-0 advantage.
"I ran a route," Taylor said. "The ball can actually come to me. I have a route on that play. I'm in the progression. It's a read off the safety. He went Cover 2. We were able to free Torrey up on the safety."
Although Taylor is a quarterback first, he is mobile enough that the Ravens have some flexibility with him and can keep defenses off guard with his multidimensional skills.
"We have some stuff in there," Smith said of Taylor's role in the playbook. "He's an athlete. He can do everything that we can do at receiver except he can throw the ball. So, we have some flexibility with him. It wasn't like it was a trick play or anything. We just ran our play."