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Tyrod Taylor Could Become a Franchise Quarterback

You heard Tyrod Taylor‘s name a lot recently because it is a surprise that he could be the Los Angeles Chargers franchise quarterback. Does Tyrod Taylor have the credentials to take on a prestigious position? He has taken a team to the playoffs but mostly he has been a journeyman.

Tyrod Taylor Credentials

Tyrod started his career with the Baltimore Ravens as a backup to Joe Flacco in 2011. This lasted through his rookie contract which was four seasons.

In 2015 Tyrod Taylor signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills. He had a very team-friendly contract which was three years worth 3.5 million dollars. He became the starter by beating out rookie EJ Manuel and veteran Matt Cassel. The Buffalo Bills stayed competitive which led to his six-year 92 million dollar contract extension in 2016. His best season was in 2017 when he took the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Tyrod  Taylor in Buffalo
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

In 2018 the Buffalo Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round pick. This is where his fame stopped because the Browns didn’t give him a chance with Baker Mayfield being the face of the franchise.

Last season the Los Angeles Chargers signed Tyrod to a 2-year contract worth 11 million dollars. He was there strictly as a backup to Philip Rivers. In 2020 with Rivers gone Tyrod Taylor has become the new face of the franchise.

Is Tyrod Taylor Worthy?

Tyrod is the number one starting quarterback on the depth chart for one big reason. Head coach Anthony Lynn recognized his accomplishments in Buffalo and saw him mature being a team player as a backup. He wants to give Tyrod a chance. This is basically a prove your worth type of deal.

Is Cam Newton an Option?

Sep 25, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

At this time there is no indication that anyone will take Taylor’s spot as the starter. Cam Newton still needs to get cleared with a team physical and he will be three times the cost of Tyrod Taylor.

Statistics

Will Tyrod Taylor put butts in the seats? Most of the little fanbase the Chargers have think he can but remember he has engineered a playoff season before. His stats look decent for a quarterback making 5.5 million a season.

Tyrod has a Pro Bowl and one playoff season to his credit. He has 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his nine-year career. His completion percentage is 61.7% with a passer rating of 89.8. He threw for 9,562 yards and ran for 1,843 yards. His 16 rushing touchdowns proves his elusiveness and could fit in with the Chargers revamped offensive line.

Conclusion

This is a year where Tyrod needs to prove his worth. Even if the Chargers select a quarterback in the draft it looks like he will still be the guy. With his leadership he should be a great bridge for the next quarterback or will he prove he is a franchise quarterback.


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