Has Tyrod Taylor not been through enough at this point?
The New York Giants announced Monday that Taylor will return from injured reserve. However, the 13-year pro served as the team’s backup quarterback in Monday night’s upset win over the Green Bay Packers.
When asked about the decision, Taylor said reportedly admitted he was “disappointed, but it’s part of the game.”
Taylor is no stranger to losing starting jobs due to injury. In fact, it pretty much defined his career.
Taylor’s career as a starting quarterback began in 2015 as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Over three seasons, the 2011 sixth-round pick made the Bills a contending franchise for the first time in more than a decade. Over three years, Taylor accumulated the best record by a Bills starting quarterback since Doug Flutie’s run from 1998 to 2000. In his final year, Taylor’s early success even helped push Buffalo to their first playoff berth since 1999.
However, Buffalo traded Taylor to the Cleveland Browns two months after a 10-3 Wild Card loss to the Jaguars. Two months later, the Bills drafted Josh Allen.
In Cleveland, Taylor started the first three games of the season before being ruled out of the Browns’ Week 3 game against the Jets. The replacement? Baker Mayfield, who snapped the Browns’ 635-day hitting streak with a win. Mayfield never gave up the starting job, and Taylor remained a backup.
The following offseason, Taylor signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he would back up Philip Rivers. During the 2020 offseason, Rivers committed to the Indianapolis Colts and Lynn named Taylor the team’s starting quarterback. In his first start since the Browns game, Taylor led Los Angeles to a 16-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
He was slated to start Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs before suffering a pregame rib injury. The team doctor tried to make a quick fix by administering a painkiller injection, but they accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung in the process. He was rushed to the hospital. Lynn informed Justin Herbert that he would get his first official start during the coin opening.
Taylor then jumped to his next destination, the Houston Texans. Once again, Taylor began the season as the team’s starter, led the team to a season-opening victory, and was pulled midway through the second game. This time, third-round rookie quarterback Davis Mills took over as the team’s starting signal caller. While Taylor briefly regained the starting role, Mills went on to finish the final six games of the season,
Now Taylor is being usurped for a fifth time. DeVito likely won’t be the Giants’ long-term answer at quarterback, but the upset wins and meme status achieved over his first four starts likely make the undrafted free agent the team’s answer for the remainder of the season.
Taylor has an established history of being a capable starter, even on bad teams. His career record of 27-27-1 is a testament to his ability to adapt to most offenses and service teams in a pinch. If only Taylor didn’t have to make these Promethean sacrifices for every new team he joins.