Tonight was supposed to be Tyrod Taylor’s golden opportunity to prove to the Ravens he was worthy of becoming the back up quarterback to Joe Flacco.
Starter Joe Flacco did not suit up for tonight’s contest, and Taylor was set to play the majority of tonight’s preseason finale against the Falcons, which would have given him more than ample time to impress the Ravens brass.
However, the 6th-round rookie draft pick played just two series until he had to the leave game with what the team is calling a left shoulder contusion. Near the end of the first quarter, Taylor took a shot from Falcons defensive linemen Kroy Biermann, who drove him straight into the ground. Taylor would get up from the hit in serious discomfort, as his left arm was dangling down his side.
In the little time he was in tonight’s game, Taylor was less than impressive. He went 2-3 with 16 yards and an interception. That being said, Taylor got little help from young tackles Ramon Harewood and Jah Reid who were blown by multiple times, allowing defensive linemen to put some hard licks on Taylor.
Now, the regular season is just 10 days away, so the timing of this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Ravens. At this point Taylor’s status is unknown, but it may very well force the hand of GM Ozzie Newsome to go out and bring in a veteran quarterback to be Joe Flacco’s back up.