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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2012
For the first time in his fledgling career, Tyrod Taylor's reign as the Ravens backup quarterback to Joe Flacco is being seriously challenged. But rather than feel threatened by the presence of Curtis Painter, Taylor is embracing the test that should play out when training camp opens later this month. "There's always going to be competition, and I think that's how you step up your play," Taylor said during the team's mandatory three-day minicamp in June. "Both of us are competing, and by working together, we're getting better.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Tyrod Taylor has manned the clipboard on the sideline for three years, living the life of a backup quarterback while Joe Flacco has orchestrated the Ravens' offense. Flacco has been remarkably durable and never missed a start in his six seasons despite a sprained medial collateral ligament, a hip contusion and minor ankle and knee injuries. The Ravens have never had to experience life without Flacco during the regular season or playoffs. And Taylor has never truly been put to the test of running the offense in a critical situation.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Before Brandon Weeden's signing with the Dallas Cowboys to back up Tony Romo earlier this month, a league source said the Ravens were in talks to try to acquire the former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback. The Ravens' interest in landing a backup quarterback through free agency or the NFL draft is something coach John Harbaugh emphasized during the recent NFL owners meetings. Harbaugh pointed out that backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is entering the final year of his four-year, $2.155 million rookie contract and that the team needs to plan for the future.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Before Brandon Weeden's signing with the Dallas Cowboys to back up Tony Romo earlier this month, a league source said the Ravens were in talks to try to acquire the former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback. The Ravens' interest in landing a backup quarterback through free agency or the NFL draft is something coach John Harbaugh emphasized during the recent NFL owners meetings. Harbaugh pointed out that backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is entering the final year of his four-year, $2.155 million rookie contract and that the team needs to plan for the future.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | September 7, 2007
In a move that is expected to take the Ravens out of the Byron Leftwich hunt, backup quarterback Kyle Boller agreed to a one-year contract extension yesterday, which will keep him with the team through next season. A first-round pick by the Ravens in 2003, Boller would have been an unrestricted free agent in March. Although financial terms were not immediately available, it is believed Boller could earn more than $3 million next season, which would nearly double his salary this year ($1.79 million)
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2001
CARLISLE, Pa. - With the incumbent starter nursing an ailing shoulder and the inexperienced backup nicked and ineffective, the Washington Redskins seem to be awfully calm about their quarterback situation, just three days before their second exhibition. That doesn't mean that coach Marty Schottenheimer isn't doing something about the matter. In fact, he brought in Danny Kanell (formerly a quarterback for the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons) for a morning workout yesterday to see what he can offer the Redskins, what with Jeff George on the shelf with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder and Todd Husak nursing a strained oblique muscle near his left rib cage.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2000
Trent Dilfer didn't record the save, but he may have earned a start. Dilfer, a seven-year veteran and the Ravens' backup quarterback, stoked the flames of a quarterback controversy in yesterday's 14-6 loss to the Tennessee Titans by nearly rallying the Ravens to a potential game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. After taking over for starter Tony Banks eight seconds into the fourth quarter, he completed seven of 13 passes for 58 yards. Beyond the numbers, he laid his claim to a starting job on the Ravens' final possession of the game.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1998
It has become a knee jerk reflex with Eric Zeier. Ask the Ravens' veteran backup quarterback to talk about himself, and he winces.Ask him to reflect on that exhilarating December last season, when Zeier proved to himself, the Ravens and the rest of the NFL that, yes, he could play in this league. Zeier smiles with self-deprecation, then showers his coaches, linemen, running backs and receivers with compliments.Ask him what it's like to go from an unknown commodity to a sought-after free agent -- a process that transformed Zeier from a low-paid passer into an instant millionaire.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - A day after missing two practices and contemplating quitting the University of Maryland football team, second-year freshman quarterback Ryan Mitch rejoined his teammates at yesterday's practice, saying he had one of those "boiling point days" and he didn't handle it the right way. "Me and my parents and coach had to take care of a personal problem, and I am just real happy to be back," said Mitch, who is in contention with two others for...
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By SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | November 19, 1995
SAN FRANCISCO -- Another miracle of modern medicine: Steve Young could get some playing time as the backup quarterback in Miami tomorrow night, a week after the 1994 NFL MVP had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder."
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
When senior Peter Athens beat out sophomore Connor Frazier in the preseason to become the starting quarterback for the Towson football team, Frazier became the No. 2 guy on the depth chart. But that's not all he is. Frazier has lined up as a running back, H-back and wide receiver this season. And as the No. 7 seed Tigers (12-2) prepare to face No. 3 seed Eastern Washington (12-2) in NCAA Division I Football Championship semifinal this Saturday, Frazier is prepared to fill any role necessary.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltmore Sun | October 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Morgan State football team knew last week that it would not have the services of starting quarterback Seth Higgins, and the junior's absence was apparent Saturday. Playing with the quarterback duo of Robert Council and Moses Skillon, the offense produced just one touchdown and committed four turnovers as the visiting Bears fell, 28-14, to Howard before an announced 7,053 at William H. Greene Stadium here. The loss dropped Morgan State to 2-6 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and highlighted the importance of Higgins, an Edgewood native and graduate.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he hopes to make a decision within the next several days on which quarterback will back up starter C.J. Brown. Brown remained on the sidelines today so that Edsall could evaluate Caleb Rowe, Ricardo Young and Perry Hills. “I wanted to see Ricardo, Perry and Caleb because I have no idea right now who is our No. 2 quarterback,” the coach said. “Nobody has really separated themselves, so I thought it would be a good day today just to get those guys involved with the first unit.
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August 9, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland had no quarterbacks left standing at the end of last season, but there are a half-dozen in camp this year. Who will be C.J. Brown's backup? Jeff Barker: Randy Edsall didn't waste any time anointing Brown as the starter, did he? The coach said during the spring that Brown - who was then limited to 7-on-7 drills as he returned from a knee injury - would be the guy. But a competition has developed to be Brown's backup.
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By Edward Lee | November 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Byron Leftwich completed less than 50 percent of his throws and earned a 51.3 passer rating in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 13-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday night at Heinz Field, but the 32-year-old quarterback earned a measure of respect from a few Ravens defensive players. Asked if Leftwich is still dangerous in his 10th year in the NFL, Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata replied, “He definitely is dangerous. You saw him throw down the field. [He is] great at throwing that deep ball.
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By Edward Lee | November 9, 2012
As the backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco for the past two seasons, Tyrod Taylor's time on the field has been extremely limited, throwing just four passes, completing three for 48 yards and rushing three times for 13 yards. But coach John Harbaugh suggested Wednesday that the team may need to find a way to put Taylor on the field more often. “He's a talented, gifted player, and we do need to find ways to take advantage of that,” Harbaugh said. Taylor said he is open to any possibility.
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By Rob Hiaasen | October 2, 2000
The outside joke has become an inside joke. Dennis Miller's booth-mates on "Monday Night Football" are having a field day. Last week, fellow commentator Dan Fouts "stole" a "Peyton Place" reference from Miller, and announcer Al Michaels mentioned an annotated online guide to Miller's citations. There was even a football game - and a new batch of Millerisms: A "Flowers for Algernon" learning curve - High school students might remember this novel about a mentally retarded man whose intelligence is increased by experimental drugs.
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By Chuck Aquisto and Chuck Aquisto,Contributing Writer | October 4, 1992
Capitalizing on homecoming spirit and Centennial miscues, host Atholton (2-3) --ed the Eagles' hopes with a 10-0 victory yesterday."The game's difference was who made the most mistakes and our defense hanging tough," Atholton head coach Don Van Deusen said, referring to the game's four critical turnovers and numerous drive-killing penalties.Centennial, which has not advanced to the state football playoffs since 1980, dropped to 3-2 with five difficult games remaining.Clinging to a 3-0 lead after three quarters, Atholton received a touchdown-saving play from junior defensive back Sam Corden to start the fourth quarter.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
- There is a lot of interest among Maryland football fans about who the No. 2 quarterback will be this season, in part because there are still some doubts about the consistency and passing ability of the team's returning starter, junior C.J. Brown . While Brown has shown some improvement in those areas from where he was last fall, when he twice replaced former Terp star Danny O'Brien as the starter, the development of his two freshman backups...
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By Jeff Zrebiec | July 21, 2012
The Ravens will hold their first full-team practice of training camp on Thursday, July 26. Each day leading up to the official start of camp, The Sun will examine several key position battles that will be decided during preseason. BACKUP QUARTERBACK The competitors : Tyrod Taylor, Curtis Painter Breaking it down : Even the most ardent Joe Flacco critic can't question the quarterback's toughness and durability. Flacco has never missed a game in four NFL seasons so Ravens' fans haven't had to fret about the identity of their backup quarterback.
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