Tyrod Taylor's chance to shine

There's a good chance that the Ravens end up bringing in a veteran quarterback sometime in the next few weeks to serve as the backup to Joe Flacco.

For now, however, 2011 sixth-round pick Tyrod Taylor has a hold on the No. 2 spot. And tonight, the rookie will get a chance to prove that he can handle whatever workload the coaches choose to give him.

Taylor says he's been told he'll play about two and a half quarters against the Eagles, which will give him plenty of time to show his stuff as he works against Philadelphia's second-team defense.

"It's a great opportunity for me to go out there and show what I'm capable of doing," Taylor said this week. "I'm pretty sure the coaches are going to put me in a good situation. I feel comfortable with everything we've put in so far. I'm just looking forward to going out there and helping the team win."

It's been an interesting camp for Taylor through his first two weeks in Owings Mills. The 6-foot-1, 215-lb. signal caller has impressed with his athleticism and ability to make things happen with his legs at times, while there have been other occasions where he's looked confused and struggled to find any type of rhythm.

Some of that, of course, is to be expected of a rookie quarterback who missed a lot of learning time with OTAs and minicamps being washed out.

While the Ravens' coaches have given Taylor plenty of practice reps so far, they're anxious to see if he's able to build off of that base when the lights come on.

"Let's see what his skills look like," head coach John Harbaugh said. "The guy has played a lot of football games. I don't think it's going to be in any way overwhelming for him to play a football game. He's a four-year starter at big-time college football. But, it'll be interesting to see how he applies the trade at this level."

While tonight could be a showcase game of sorts for the former Virginia Tech quarterback, Taylor says he doesn't feel pressure from the organization or the fans to perform to a certain level.

"I put more pressure on myself than I think anybody else does," Taylor said. "I want to succeed. Of course, everybody else ... there's a lot of naysayers, a lot of haters, a lot of doubters that think I won't do well. But at the end of the day, I answer to myself. So I just want to go out there and play well.

"I'm ready to go out there and play football. It's been a long time since I've played in a game situation. I'm comfortable with my teammates and I'm just looking forward to having fun."

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