Taylor has put up impressive numbers during the preseason, going 24-for-31 for 236 yards, but has not started a game since the 2011 Orange Bowl when he was the signal-caller for Virginia Tech. He has played in 14 games as a backup with the
Ryan said that Taylor is "on top of what we are doing," and that with a team built to win now, Taylor gives them the best chance over fellow quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel.
Taylor is scheduled to make $833,333 this season, but that figure could increase to $2 million with performance- and playing-time bonuses.
After a wide-open quarterback competition, the results are apparently in for
Taylor has performed well in the preseason, earning the edge over
Taylor has yet to make an NFL start, appearing in 14 games in four seasons as a backup with the Ravens.
"My plan was to give everybody opportunities," Ryan said Thursday. "Nobody can say nobody wasn't given a fair shot here."
Manuel has completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games.
Taylor has completed 12 of 18 passes for 114 yards. He also has rushed for a team-high 88 yards on 10 attempts through two games.
Cassel has appeared in just one game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 45 yards.
Taylor completed 7 of 10 passes for 65 yards in helping his cause in what is shaping up as a battle with Matt Cassel, according to ESPN. Taylor only put three points on the board, but he added 41 yards rushing in just four attempts.
Taylor will back up Matt Cassel, while former first-round pick E.J. Manuel slides down to the third spot on the depth chart.
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