During the first preseason game for the Chargers, there was one player who stood out above the rest: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Throughout the Chargers’ schedule, this game ball article series will recognize a player who truly impacted the game. As is the norm for preseason games there were quite a few players who stood out, including Uchenna Nwosu, Forrest Lamp, Isaac Rochell, Drue Tranquill, Easton Stick, and the running back duo of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. However, it’s safe to say that no one showed more consistency and control of his position more than backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He is the clear choice for this week’s game ball.
Taylor demonstrated a strong grasp of the offense and was very efficient in his debut for the Chargers. He looked like he was in mid-season form to the tune of a 100 percent completion percentage, going six for six. He also showed great elusiveness, adding 34 yards on the ground on both designed runs and improvisation.
While he was active in the game, he led the Chargers offense down the field on two long drives, one ending in an Ekeler fumble and the other ending in a Jackson touchdown. Taylor was calm and collected the entire time. He even showed some great chemistry with wide receiver Mike Williams, connecting on a beautiful 28 yard pitch and catch.
Thankfully, the days of the Chargers not having a solid backup quarterback seem to be over. It is not much of a stretch to say Taylor is one of the best backups in the league now, and certainly the best the Chargers have had in years. This is a huge luxury for the team to have to pay, but Taylor showed tonight he can be worth the contract. Should his number get called during the season, there should be no reason why Taylor can’t build upon his extremely efficient and smooth Chargers debut. Keep an eye out for more game ball articles throughout what hopefully is a special season for our beloved Bolts.