Is Tyrod Taylor a good choice for the Ravens No. 2 quarterback? The issue about Taylor isnt necessarily his talent. He possesses a darting quickness and a live arm. But how would that translate if the Ravens were forced to rely on him should something happen to Joe Flacco?
We dont know. And the Ravens dont know. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron acknowledged as much when speaking about Taylor to the media on Tuesday. (Thanks to baltimoreravens.com for the transcript.)
Everybody can see the talent that Tyrod has. Hes a very good player, Cameron said, and hell get better the more and more he plays and the more experience he gets.
I dont see any limits on what he can be as a quarterback either. I really have a lot of confidence. I know quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell and our staff do as well. Hes a very good player, but hes a very good, young player. Theres no shortcut. They just have to keep getting better, better and better, and I think he will continue to do that.
But preseason games can only do much for a quarterbacks progression. They cant truly be trials by fire that a QB gets in a regular-season game.
I dont know if youre ever comfortable with a second-year quarterback, Cameron said,
because they are just learning so much as they go. Theres no substitute for getting out there and getting the game experience.
Until quarterbacks get that game experience, its hard to play at a high level consistently, because people get on to you, and theyre making you play to your weakness and then you have to get those corrected. Tyrod hasnt had that experience yet.
In other words, Taylor has to be challenged to get out of his comfort zone.
People will realize, We cant let this guy move around, Cameron said. They are going to lock him in the pocket, find out what he can do in the pocket. Then his game will continue to evolve.
In conclusion, Cameron expresses his confidence in Taylor again with a caveat.
He can light you up in the pocket; I believe that. Hes accurate, hes quick with it, hes smart. He just doesnt have that game experience yet.