The Baltimore Ravens will compete against a familiar face this weekend when Tyrod Taylor returns to Baltimore as the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills.
You may remember Taylor served as a backup behind Joe Flacco in Baltimore before joining the Bills an offseason ago. That worked out well for Taylor, as he eventually assumed the starting duties and ultimately thrived.
Now, Taylor will begin his first full season as a starter against his old team. While the Ravens never had an opportunity to give Taylor more playing time with Flacco in the fold, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wishes he could have. Harbaugh admitted Taylor was always more valuable to the team than his 35 career pass attempts in Baltimore would indicate.
“There were times when I was hoping we could find a way to trade him and get something back of value,” Harbaugh said, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That never materialized. It usually doesn’t, so it was a hope on my part. But I felt like there was no question in my mind he was going to be a starter.”
While the Ravens never gave Taylor the starting job, they did give him a chance in the pros as a sixth-round pick. He downplayed the significance of returning to Baltimore with the keys to the Bills offense, saying the game isn’t about him.
Regardless, Taylor’s first Week 1 start will bear plenty of importance, as it could mark the beginning of a new era in Buffalo.