The consensus for most people after the Batlimore Ravens‘ 44-16 preseason win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was that WR Laquan Williams was the standout performer of that game. Williams deserves a lot of credit; he had two fumble recoveries (one for a TD) and an amazing TD catch, and he was really the only receiver that looked spry out of the bunch. But as far as I’m concerned backup QB Tyrod Taylor stole the show.
This is coming from someone who’s been semi bashing him for the past two years. Take a look at what I wrote about him several weeks ago. After reading that article again myself, I wasn’t as hard on him as I thought. My main complaint with Taylor over the years was his short passing game. I can’t even count how many times over the last two years that he had a receiver wide open in the flat and threw the ball about 50 miles over the guy’s head. Every short pass I saw last week against the Bucs was right on. Taylor’s passing on the intermediate/semi deep routes was also very impressive.
Taylor also had a few nice runs and did some read option stuff. Like I’ve said before I’ve always liked Tyrod as a runner, but now it looks like he could finally be putting the whole package together. For the first time in two years I’m starting to feel confident if Joe Flacco goes down for a few weeks (let’s hope that doesn’t happen though).
I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong, especially if it’s for the greater good of my team. I look forward to Tyrod continuing to prove me wrong for the rest of the preseason.