Should Taylor See The Field More?

NFL: New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs with the ball during the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens won 19-3. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

1. Tyrod Taylor needs to get snaps every week.

Taylor’s speed is a dimension the Ravens need, and gives opponents something else to worry about. I’m not saying Taylor needs 10 to 15 snaps a game. But he deserves at least three to five snaps, considering how much the Ravens’ running game has struggled. As a quarterback, Taylor is a threat both running and throwing. Taylor ran for 17 yards the first time he touched it, and also converted a third-and-two for a three-yard run. His only pass attempt should have been caught, but was dropped by tight end Ed Dickson.

Giving Taylor more snaps may not thrill Joe Flacco, who wasn’t crazy about lining up as a wide receiver Sunday. “I want to line up behind center,” Flacco said. “Fun for a little bit, but that’s it.” However, the Ravens need some semblance of a running game, and Taylor can help. There is room for him to have a role, and for Flacco to still play well.

Should the Ravens use Tyrod Taylor more going forward?
Yes he can make plays and the Ravens offense needs it (62%)
No it's a gimmick that didn't work! (38%)
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2. Of the six AFC teams tied at 5-6, the teams with the best quarterbacks have the edge.

That means the Ravens with Joe Flacco, the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, and the Chargers with Philip Rivers have the best chance to clinch a playoff berth. I don’t trust the Titans with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins with Ryan Tannehill, and the Jets with Geno Smith. Tannehill may be a top quarterback one day, but he’s not quite there yet. Fitzpatrick had his chance to be a franchise quarterback with Buffalo, but couldn’t handle it.

And the Jets with Smith?

He’s playing so poorly, he may not even be a starter much longer.

Roethlisberger and Flacco both have Super Bowl rings, and Rivers is back to playing like one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. I think one of those three quarterbacks will make enough plays to get his team into the postseason.

3. The return of tight end Dennis Pitta could be a big deal

And here’s why…

3 Raves on “Should Taylor See The Field More?

  1. Jrock on said:

    He is a good football player. The team needed a spark. He is providing it. Flacco also played a bit better. Flacco has something to prove. But you cannot hate on a teammates success especially if it leads to a win.

  2. Paul on said:

    4 rushes for 7 yards total, a number of stuffed plays and an incomplete pass. I wouldn’t say it was THAT effective.

    Trick plays work every once in a while, but Jim Caldwell doesn’t seem to get how to mix it up with the play calling. Half of the plays where Taylor takes the snap, Joe is standing as a wide receiver with his hands in his warmers. He doesn’t go anywhere or do anything. You’re effectively making 10 players go against 11. That’s just dumb.

    They really should try these types of plays when they’re in the red zone around the goal line. That way Caldwell doesn’t have to call 3 RB dives in a row for no gain…

  3. Jrock on said:

    Joe should have sold the plays better. The jets new plays weren’t coming his way by the way he was standing. Why hate on positive plays. There were a few plays that weren’t positive but the regular offense has plenty of non positive plays, led by joe flacco begin the center. This is a team sport. Use the whole team. Not the same old stuff. Diddle diddle up the middle and going deep aint cutting it no more. We have talent on offense,time to use it

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