Tyrod Taylor Could be a Great Fit as Cowboys Backup QB

    Having a reliable backup is one of the most underrated strengths on any NFL team. The have certainly benefitted from this many times throughout their , and they may need to address the position in 2021. One potential option in this year's class is veteran Tyrod Taylor.

    The former Virginia Tech standout, and the best QB to play in Blacksburg since , has put together a respectable NFL career over the last 10 seasons. He made the in 2015 while with Buffalo, a 24-20-1 record as a starter, and a career passer rating of 89.5.  He's also a true dual threat with 1,850 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.

    Taylor is one of those guys who is good enough to help a good team compete but not carry a bad one. In that way he's very much like last year's backup .

    Dalton is set to become a free agent again after a one-year contract with Dallas. He ended up playing far more than expected or desired thanks to 's and provided a stabilizing presence that at least kept the Cowboys competitive in .

    Meanwhile, Taylor just finished a two-year run with the . He was ' backup in 2019 and was named the starter in 2020 over 1st-round pick , but a freak accident cause by a medical treatment caused Tyrod to miss several games and eventually lose his job to the Chargers' QB of the future.

    This now leaves Taylor entering much like Dalton a year ago; a veteran in his early 30s who no team wants to build around. But Tyrod will definitely be a top name among backup options and one the Cowboys should definitely consider.

    One of the best traits in a backup QB is when they can come in and cause little change to the . Taylor's ability to run would allow the Cowboys to keep a lot of the same stuff in their offense if he is ever called into action for Prescott.

    Of course, this is assuming Dak Prescott is still the Cowboys' starting QB in 2021. While we expect that to happen, even if it's just on a second , nothing is certain at this point.

    This unanswered question of Prescott's future is all the more reason that Dallas needs a firm backup plan. And even if Dak returns there's still the concern over his major injury in 2020 and any potential recovery setbacks or re-.

    This isn't to say that Andy Dalton won't be that backup again. The both parties want to keep working together than Dalton may accept a second contract from the Cowboys if he doesn't get much interest elsewhere.

    But honestly, if I had a choice between both players at the same money, I would probably take Tyrod Taylor at this point. He's got youth and superior athleticism on his side, plus is more conservative with the football. His 20 career are interceptions to 54 passing touchdowns is a far better ratio than Dalton, who once threw 20 picks in a single season.

    Again, Taylor's solid resume may put him out of Dallas' price range. He could get an opportunity to compete for a starting job somewhere this year.

    But if, like Andy Dalton last year, Tyrod Taylor finds himself without a team later into the then he would be a great addition for the Cowboys.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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    Cowboy Fan Ed

    I like A D as our back up but I also think T T would be a good back up also! To be a SB contender you have a better chance to make it with a reliable back up QB! The Chiefs came within a nats hair of not even making it to the SB when Mahomes went down but luckily for them he bounced back and was able to play the next week!

    John Williams

    I agree. He’s a solid backup and could probably be a starter for some teams.


    I still like Garrett Gilbert as our in house option. He had a tough and gritty game against the Steelers, would be familiar with our offense and would be cost effective


    Let Dak walk, sign and trade, or non-exclusive tag if any interest in seeing his true market value. Resign Dalton or even look at Winston or Foles, if inexpensive, and draft a QB for the future.

    John Williams

    Your plan at quarterback is to get worse? Why?


    Agree with letting Dak walk, or sign and then trade, or non exclusive tag. Need to draft quarterback to team friendly rookie contract in this elite quarterback heavy draft and with money saved go after a great free agent cornerback and/or offensive linemen or defensive lineman. With more draft capital presumptive of Dak trade could cover a lot of positions needed.
    Agree with AD, or Ryan Fitzpatrick as backup.
    Most importantly, Cowboys need to start talking to other teams about Dak ASAP!

    John Williams

    You aren’t getting one of the top quarterbacks unless you send a ton in capital to move up into the top 5.

    Lawrence Baker

    Yep time to forget about Dak Prescott and Todd (Toad) France. France is overplaying Dak’s hand. You can draft a quarterback (Sam Ehlinger) who won’t be ready to play right away, but seems like a kid that’s a hard worker and likes football. There’s enough talent, when healthy, to get this team to the playoffs. McCarthy has to do a better job. Jayllon Smith must be smarter or be sent packing. He plays like a rookie that’s still learning the game. Massive changes are needed in the secondary. Only Lewis, Brown, and Diggs should be retained.