Cam Cameron finding comfort level with Tyrod Taylor

Offensive coordinator says second-year quarterback needs more game experience to continue evolution

August 15, 2012|By Edward Lee

Tyrod Taylor’s evolution as a quarterback continues to progress as the sixth-round pick in last year’s NFL draft takes his reps behind Ravens starter Joe Flacco.

And as much as Taylor is finding his footing with the team and in the league, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron conceded that he too is developing a comfort level with Taylor.

“I don’t know if you’re ever comfortable with a second-year quarterback because they are just learning so much as they go,” Cameron said after Tuesday’s practice at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills. “There is so much they don’t know. There is a lot they know, but there is a lot that they haven’t experienced, and there’s no substitute for getting out there and getting the game experience. Until quarterbacks get that game experience, it’s hard to play at a high level consistently because people get on to you, and they [make] you play to your weakness and then you have to get those corrected. Tyrod hasn’t had that experience yet. People will realize, ‘We can’t let [this] guy move around.’ 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. I’m confident if teams decide to do that, he can light you up in the pocket. I believe that. He’s accurate, he’s quick with it, he’s smart. He just doesn’t have that game experience yet.”

Between Flacco, Taylor and Curtis Painter, Taylor took the most throws in Thursday night’s 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but finished with the fewest passing yards (64) and the lowest passer rating (57.0). But he did lead the team in rushing with 51 yards on five carries.

Still, Cameron sounded confident that Taylor is beginning to spread his wings as a quarterback.

“Similar to Joe’s progression, everybody can see the talent that Tyrod has, and it’s easy to get impatient,” he said. “But he’s going to go through the same process that Joe’s gone through. He’s a very good player, and he’ll get better the more and more he plays and the more experience he gets. I don’t 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. He’s a very good player, but he’s a very good, young player. There’s no shortcut. They just have to keep getting better, better and better, and I think he will continue to do that.”

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