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Who is playing Ravens role of EJ in practice?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2013 – 8:13 am

The Baltimore Ravens in preparation for EJ Manuel, have a pretty good body double in terms of athleticism to use on their scout team in practice this week.

Backup QB Tyrod Taylor is serving as EJ Manuel on Baltimore’s scout team offense. Wary of Manuel’s ability to run the read option, defensive coordinator Dean Pees is pleased with the looks Taylor is giving his defense.

“You definitely have to devote some time to it. You can’t ignore it. We’ve got a good quarterback here that gives us a good look at it, so that helps, with Tyrod [Taylor],” said Pees. “When you’re looking at their whole offense and everything that they do, especially their running game being fourth in the league and all that, you’ve got to spend some time looking at it.”

Even Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell recognizes the value of Taylor’s athleticism giving Baltimore’s defense a quality simulation.

“It’s a great value to have someone like that on your team,” said Caldwell. “I know Dean [Pees] has probably spoken to that a little better than myself. It’s very hard to emulate guys with that kind of athleticism if you don’t have a guy that can do it. Tyrod [Taylor] is exceptional and does a tremendous job. He gives our defense a picture and certainly does prepare them for a guy like we’re facing this week, who is also extremely mobile, a very capable passer and smart. It’s a great luxury.”


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