Baltimore Ravens: Breaking Down Tyrod Taylor's 2011 Preseason Debut

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIAugust 12, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11:  Tyrod Taylor #2 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during their pre season game on August 11, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In a preview for yesterday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles, I talked about how many similarities there were between Michael Vick and Tyrod Taylor.

Maybe they are even more alike than I realized.

Similar to how Vick struggled with interceptions early in his career, Taylor twice had his passes picked off by the Eagles.

However, he also showed a lot of promise. 

Taylor threw four times as many passes as starter Joe Flacco and backup Hunter Cantwell combined. He completed 19 of his 28 passes for 179 yards, no touchdowns, and the aforementioned two interceptions.

What did appear obvious is that the Ravens have confidence in Taylor and it appears he will be the second string quarterback to Joe Flacco in 2011.

Taylor took over from Flacco after the first two series and played almost the rest of the game. Twice he was able to drive the Ravens the entire field, but with two different results.

Towards the end of the first half Taylor got the Ravens down to the Eagles five-yard line before failing to complete a fourth-and-eight from the 10-yard line. On the other drive Taylor got the Ravens to the eight-yard line before throwing one of his two picks.

Taylor also showed that he can be a dual-threat in the NFL by rushing six times for 59 yards.

All things considered it was a successful debut for Taylor. He showed that he can pass against an NFL defense and run against one as well. With some experience Taylor could become an NFL starter one day and it doesn't seem like he will be rushed in Baltimore. If Baltimore puts the time into Taylor, which they seem willing to, he could one day take the reins from Flacco.