Tyrod Taylor could be a great option for the Dallas Cowboys as they weigh what to do behind Dak Prescott on the depth chart.
The Dallas Cowboys know better than most just how important it is to have reliable backup quarterbacks on the roster.
Jess Haynie of Inside The Star proposed Tyrod Taylor as a new face to back up Dak Prescott. It’s a fantastic idea.
Tyrod Taylor is an upgrade on other Cowboys backups
In 2020, Dallas started four different quarterbacks. Prescott, the starter, appeared in five games before an ankle injury ended his season. Andy Dalton started nine times. Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert started once each.
Gilbert signed a two-year deal when he joined the team under emergency circumstances, so he should continue to be around. DiNucci is still on his rookie deal.
Meanwhile, Dalton signed a one-year contract in 2020 and is now a free agent. The Cowboys should at least do their due diligence in scoping out the backup QB market.
Taylor fits for several reasons. He was a Pro Bowl passer in 2015 and was a consistent performer with the Bills. After a season in Cleveland, he ended up with the Chargers where he served as a backup to Phillip Rivers. He started one game ahead of Justin Herbert in 2020, but a punctured lung during a botched painkiller injection forced him out of the lineup and the rookie never gave up the job.
With Cincinnati, Dalton’s quarterback rating averaged out to 87.5. While Taylor’s highs were not as high with the Bills, he maintained a steady 92.5 rating while he was there.
Like Prescott, he can use his legs to keep the defense honest. He rushed for 427 yards or more in each of his three seasons as Buffalo’s starter. The offensive identity with the starter or backup behind center wouldn’t have to change.
Taylor has served as both starter and backup before. He understands what each role requires. He’d be the ideal passer to work behind Prescott.