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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /
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JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a first quarter pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 07: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a first quarter pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at EverBank Field on January 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Tyrod Taylor – Quarterback

When Tyrod Taylor was first signed, the initial emotion from some Chargers fans was confusion. Is Taylor the Chargers’ plan for the future at quarterback? Is Taylor just a backup option for Philip Rivers? If so, why did the Chargers need a starting-caliber backup when Rivers never misses starts?

After the dust has settled Taylor appears to be an excellent addition to the Chargers roster.

Whether or not Taylor is being considered as the heir to Rivers in the future, right now he is an excellent option if Rivers were to go down.

Even with Rivers’ Madden-approved toughness and durability, it is a breath of fresh air for Chargers fans to know that should Rivers miss a few weeks, those games will still be winnable.

Although Taylor does not appear capable of running a prolific offensive attack, he is better than nearly any current backup at doing what coaches most desire from their backups – protecting the football.

The numbers below speak for themselves. If Taylor can protect the football as well as he did in this season with the Buffalo Bills, there is no reason to think that the Bolts cannot win games.

Tyrod Taylor’s Season Stats:

9 Games64.2 Comp. %1,684 Pass Yards10 TDs – 3 INTs91.4 Passer Rating237 Rush Yards2 Rush TDs#Bills #NFL pic.twitter.com/16nHcDG1m2

— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) November 16, 2017

When you add in the fact that Anthony Lynn is already familiar with how to gameplan around his new backup quarterback’s strengths, Taylor appears to be an excellent backup for Rivers.

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