Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Harbaugh 'disappointed' in Taylor's play
By Jamison Hensley
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Baltimore Ravens are looking to add another quarterback, either in free agency or the draft.
Why? Tyrod Taylor has an uncertain future (one year left on his contract), and he hasn't necessarily convinced anyone that he's a proven backup quarterback.
"We've been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he's played in games certainly," coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We feel like he's a lot better than he's showed. I know he feels that way, too. We feel like Tyrod's best football is by far definitely in front of him, but he's only got one year left with us, so we need to add a quarterback into the mix, whether it be offseason or in the draft.”
Taylor has never completed 60 percent of his passes in the preseason and he's lacked consistency in limited action in the regular season. In 13 regular-season games, he has completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3 percent) for 199 yards. He has thrown no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 47.2 career passer rating.
This is why the Ravens expressed interest in former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden before he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. There's not much left in free agency in terms of quarterbacks: Matt Flynn, Luke McCown, Jimmy Clausen, Josh Freeman, Rex Grossman and Dan Orlovsky. It's essentially a list of underachievers.
If the Ravens decide to take a quarterback in the draft, it will likely come in the fifth round or later. ESPN's Kevin Weidl named Pitt's Tom Savage and Georgia's Aaron Murray as developmental quarterbacks who are creating buzz among NFL personnel.
Savage has polished mechanics and one of the strongest arms in the draft class. Murray has impressed scouts with his decision-making and poise in several high-pressure situations.
I don't see the Ravens going with a rookie as the primary backup to Joe Flacco. But, if they take a quarterback in the draft, it could be a case where a prospect is groomed to take over the No. 2 job in 2015 from Taylor.