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Tyrod Taylor ready to make the most of final preseason start

August 27, 2014|By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

As he's grown more experienced, Taylor said he feels more prepared to step in if Flacco is ever sidelined. The former Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year isn't a classic pocket passer like Flacco, but has his own style. Growing up in Hampton, Va., Taylor was a Parade Magazine prep All-American as the nation's top dual-threat quarterback with 7,690 career all-purpose yards and 100 career touchdowns.

"I'm confident in my ability," said Taylor, who passed for 7,017 yards and 44 touchdowns in college. "Whatever the situation may be, I think I can go out there and provide, make plays, run the offense, be the leader. I believe I'm a natural leader."

Against the Washington Redskins last week, Taylor completed 6 of 9 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 35 yards on five carries.

"Tyrod is great," rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) said. "He's our backup, but I think he could start on a lot of other teams around the league. We definitely have some chemistry. It's going to be a lot fun playing with him this game coming up."

Where Taylor has occasionally had lapses is in missing open receivers, including wide receiver Kamar Aiken a few times in the end zone. Quarterbacks' effectiveness is primarily measured by victories.

"The main goal is to win," Taylor said. "The main objective is for our offense to put up great numbers. As far as a personal goal, just to continue to improve on my game and show the things that I can do."

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