Finally out from under the shadow of Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor is now a starting NFL quarterback, according to a report.
According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Bills will name Taylor to be the team's starting quarterback, beating out veteran Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. The Bills and coach Rex Ryan have not yet made any formal announcement (UPDATE: The team did in fact confirm this news on Monday afternoon).
Taylor might have won the starting job this past weekend when the Bills played the Steelers. In the Bills' 43-19 win, Taylor completed 12 of 13 passes for 122 yards and also scored on a 20-yard touchdown run. Overall this preseason, Taylor has completed 24 of 31 passes for 236 yards, and also has led the team in rushing with 108 yards on 11 carries.
Ryan is known to covet the dual run-passing threat that Taylor presents.
Taylor signed a three-year, $3.35 million deal with the Bills as a free agent this spring after playing out his rookie deal with the Ravens. Taylor appeared in 14 games off the bench for the Ravens, spending his first four NFL seasons behind a quarterback in Flacco who never missed a game.
Taylor completed 19 of 35 passes for 199 yards and ran 27 times for 136 yards in his Ravens career. The Ravens briefly used Taylor and Flacco together at one point, a look that Flacco openly derided as a "high school offense."
Now it appears Taylor will get to run an NFL offense of his own.
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