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QB LAC

College: Virginia Tech | 10 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 217 lbs
Birth Date: 8/3/1989
2020 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 7
Avg Pts: 0.44
Rank: 54 QB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

Taylor was the top backup for the Chargers last year and got in a few games, going 4-of-6 for 33 yards and a touchdown. Taylor has plenty of starting experience and success, making him a valuable NFL quarterback. He has two season with more than 3,000-passing yards as the starter for the Bills. He also has run for more than 400 yards three seasons as the starter for Buffalo. Taylor has a very strong arm and throws a good deep ball. He will struggle with accuracy at times and still holds onto the ball too long. He doesn't force many passes and will make plays with his legs when given a chance. Taylor is indecisive with his passes and tends to stall in the red zone. At this point, Taylor should open the season as the starter for the Chargers and serve as a mentor to rookie Justin Hebert. Taylor could start much of the year as long as he is playing well.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: When starting, Taylor isn't flashy for fantasy teams but a consistent producer because of his ability to run the ball. He might be worth a look as a low-end No. 2 for this year. He will have some big games along the way. He can throw for around 3,000 yards, rush for 300 and score around 25 touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor is expected to start for the Chargers this season, but may give way to first-round pick Justin Herbert sometime mid-season. There is always the chance that Herbert lights up the preseason and starts Week 1, but coach Anthony Lynn seems committed to giving Taylor the chance to start the season while Herbert sits and gets up to speed. Given his rushing ability and the strong targets in the Chargers passing game, Taylor should be a viable QB2 with some QB1 upside on good weeks as long as he maintains the starting job.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

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Player Notes
May 20 7:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor is expected to be the team's Week 1 starter in 2020, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. The Bolts took Oregon QB Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick in last month's draft, but the Chargers remain high on Taylor, especially since head coach Anthony Lynn has previous experience with Taylor as his signal-caller in Buffalo. The lack of on-field work this spring due to COVID-19 isn't helping Herbert's cause to start right off the bat in his rookie season, either. We could see Herbert on the sidelines much longer than expected in 2020, which is great news for Taylor's undervalued stock as a QB2 with upside in this stacked Chargers offense.

From RotoBaller

Apr 30 12:53pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn continues to emphasize confidence in veteran QB Tyrod Taylor, who is expected to earn the QB1 job for the Chargers to start the season. How long Taylor holds onto the starting role will largely be determined by the development of rookie QB Justin Herbert, a first-round selection.

Fantasy Spin: Taylor shouldn't be considered during your fantasy drafts this year. While he's had moments during his career, he is simply keeping the seat warm until Herbert earns the starting job. Herbert's best value is in dynasty formats.

From TheHuddle

Apr 30 11:00am ET

The Los Angeles are hiring Pep Hamilton as their new quarterbacks coach on Thursday, according to a source. Hamilton most recently was the head coach and general manager for the XFL's D.C. Defenders. He spent 2017 and 2018 as Michigan's assistant head coach and passing game coordinator. Hamilton has coached for five NFL teams, most recently as the quarterbacks coach for the Browns in 2016. He helped groom Andrew Luck at Stanford and with the Colts from 2013-15. His approach at the position should benefit Tyrod Taylor in 2020 and rookie Justin Herbert as he transitions as the team's franchise quarterback into the future.

From RotoBaller

Apr 20 3:23pm ET

Los Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is not considered a bridge quarterback by head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn believes Taylor can be a good NFL starting quarterback.

Fantasy Spin: The Chargers probably will select a quarterback at some point during the 2020 NFL Draft, but Taylor appears to be the leading candidate for the starting job. He could be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in leagues but is not a starting option.

From TheHuddle

Apr 20 1:10pm ET

The Los Angeles Chargers have loved Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, a first-team All-American left tackle who played against the highest level of competition in college. Needing more help on the left side of the offensive line, Thomas would be a smart pick by the Bolts at No. 6 overall if they decide to pass on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Thomas is widely considered to be one of the top four offensive tackle prospects in this draft class, so don't be surprised if he comes off the board within the top 10 picks on Thursday night. A pick of Thomas would be excellent news for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back Austin Ekeler.

From RotoBaller

Apr 19 9:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey (neck) is reportedly doing well, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Hes trending in the right direction, Telesco said. It doesn't sound like Pouncey has been medically cleared yet, but there is still plenty of time before the season begins. The 2020 season will be Pouncey's third season with the Chargers, but he played in only five games last season. The organization is hopeful that the four-time Pro Bowl center can be the focal point of their offensive line, which has already been significantly upgraded through free agency. If Pouncey can stay healthy in 2020, LA's offensive line could be a strength for quarterback Tyrod Taylor or whoever else may be under center.

From RotoBaller

Apr 16 11:23am ET

With veteran QB Tyrod Taylor expected to be the Los Angeles Chargers QB1 entering the season, he may need to rely more on TE Hunter Henry according to Jeff Miller, of the LA Times, as he adjusts to being a starting quarterback again. Taylor has been a backup for the most part the past two seasons, throwing just seven passes in the regular season dating back to Week 4 of 2018. Henry missed four games with injury last season, but still had 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns.

Fantasy Spin: Henry has high-end TE1 talent, but also carries major risk in the injury department. He has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career. Taylor should only be considered as a backup option in deeper leagues.

From TheHuddle

Apr 13 12:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco thinks highly of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, but head coach Anthony Lynn is legitimately bullish on Tyrod Taylor, and possibly for more than one year as the starter in a post-Philip Rivers world. Just because the Chargers believe in Taylor as a starting signal-caller doesn't mean that they won't take Herbert or another QB with the No. 6 overall pick in this month's draft, but Taylor is widely expected to be their starter come Week 1. The Bolts have shown very little interest in signing Cam Newton as a free agent, and Lynn has experience with Taylor as his QB from their time in Buffalo. A dual-threat player with plenty of weapons around him, Taylor could surprise if he's handed the keys.

From RotoBaller

Apr 1 5:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is considered the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job but a final decision has not been made, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

Fantasy Spin: Taylor has played well in the past when he has been a starter but may have to compete with a rookie quarterback during training camp for the Chargers quarterback job. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.

From TheHuddle

Apr 1 5:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that quarterback Tyrod Taylor is "in the driver's seat" for the starting QB gig in 2020, "but nothing is finalized." The Chargers apparently aren't interested in signing Cam Newton, so Taylor should get the nod over Easton Stick, even if the Bolts take a quarterback with the sixth overall pick in this month's draft. Taylor made the Pro Bowl with the Bills in 2015 and has experience with Lynn coaching the offense in Buffalo. LA should be expected to become more of a run-first team if Taylor is running the show, but he could surprise given all the talent around him on offense. He'll have some low-end QB2 appeal in deeper leagues if he's starting the season under center in the post-Philip Rivers era.

From RotoBaller

Mar 31 12:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is training this offseason with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, thinks he can make a lot of noise with the Bolts if he's given the chance to be the team's starter under center. Things could change, but as of now, Taylor is at the top of LA's QB depth chart. The 30-year-old former sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2011 has one year left on his deal and will make a base salary of $5 million in 2020. The Chargers are moving forward with Taylor, but they haven't given him any assurances of a starting job, and they could very likely take a QB with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Taylor has a strong arm and is mobile, so he could do some damage with the weapons the Chargers have around him, but he'll primarily be a QB2 for fantasy owners with upside for more if he's handed the starting gig.

From RotoBaller

Mar 18 2:20pm ET

Contrary to a previous report, the Los Angeles Chargers are not expected to sign or trade for a veteran quarterback and will move forward with Tyrod Taylor, according to sources. The Bolts made a run at Tom Brady, but he decided to head to the Buccaneers to stay on the East coast. A previous report suggested that they could look at Cam Newton if the Panthers release him, but they're now expected to continue on with Taylor. That doesn't rule them out from drafting a signal-caller with their first-round pick (sixth overall), however. Taylor, 31 in August, was last a full-time starter in 2017 with the Bills when he threw for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He'll have plenty of weapons at his disposal and can use his legs to make plays as well, but he'll be more of a game manager and thus will be a low-end QB2 if he's the starter in 2020.

From RotoBaller

Mar 18 2:13pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is in line to be the starting quarterback for the Chargers next season since the team is not expected to sign or acquire a veteran quarterback this offseason, according to sources.

Fantasy Spin: The Chargers probably will draft a quarterback this offseason, but Taylor may open the season as a starter. Taylor has had some success during his career and would have some fantasy value because of his ability to run. Fantasy players could consider him a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback.

From TheHuddle

Mar 17 4:30pm ET

The Los Angeles Chargers agreed on a three-year, $30 million deal with former Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga on Tuesday, according to a source. The Chargers need all the offensive line help they can get, so this is a nice move for them in free agency. The soon-to-be 31-year-old offensive lineman spent nine seasons with the Packers before this move. He should definitely help to lock down the right side of the Bolts offensive line in 2020 and beyond, although it's still uncertain who will be the team's starting quarterback. As of now, Tyrod Taylor is at the top of the depth chart.

From RotoBaller

Feb 13 10:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that quarterback Tyrod Taylor, last year's backup to Philip Rivers, could have an opportunity to win the starting job in 2020. "Tyrod Taylor is a heck of a quarterback," Lynn told AM 570 LA Sports. "We couldn't have a better backup right now, and now he has an opportunity to maybe step up into a starting role." Taking care of the football is a top priority for Lynn after Philip Rivers turned the ball over 23 times in 2019. In his last full season as a starter, Taylor turned the ball over just six times in 2017 while leading the Bills to the playoffs. Taylor can also add an element with his legs on the ground as a mobile quarterback. With the weapons around him if he's the starter, Taylor will have QB1 upside, but he'll be better off taken as a QB2 with upside in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Feb 13 4:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor could earn the starting spot for the 2020 season, according to head coach Anthony Lynn Thursday, Feb. 13. 'Tyrod Taylor is a heck of a quarterback,' Lynn told AM 570 LA Sports. 'We couldn't have a better backup right now, and now he has an opportunity to maybe step up into a starting role. I've had Tyrod before (in Buffalo), and I know what this young man brings to the table, in the passing game and the running game.'

Fantasy Spin: Lynn credited Taylor's ability to take care of the football as a strong point in his game. Taylor will turn 31 years old ahead of the 2020 season and has 54 career touchdown passes against 20 interceptions through 46 starts and 70 total appearances. He rushed for at least 427 yards in each of his three seasons as a starter for the Buffalo Bills and can certainly be a reliable QB1 in fantasy due to his safe floor of production as a result of his contributions on the ground.

From TheHuddle

Feb 12 12:10am ET

All the big-name free-agent quarterbacks will be linked to the Los Angeles Chargers this offseason now that they have moved on from Philip Rivers, but general manager Tom Telesco said that he likes "our internal options" at quarterback in Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick. Still, it would be a surprise if the Bolts didn't sign a quarterback on the open market or draft one this year. If Taylor goes into the 2020 regular season as the starter, he'll have plenty of options to work with around him in the offense. However, even though he can use his legs to gain extra yardage, Taylor would be an upside QB2, at best, for fantasy owners.

From RotoBaller

Feb 11 10:23pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QBs Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick remain on the roster after the team and Philip Rivers decided to mutually part ways Monday, Feb. 10. To that end, general manager Tom Telesco told AM570 LA Sports on Tuesday, Feb. 11, that he likes 'our internal options' when asked about replacing Rivers.

From TheHuddle

Dec 9 2:50am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor saw his first extended action on Sunday night as he was called upon to close out the thrashing the Chargers were delivering in Jacksonville. Taylor took full advantage, tossing his first touchdown of the year to tight end Virgil Green. Taylor completed three of five passes in his quarter of play, and he looked comfortable and relaxed in the pocket. Taylor has been in the news recently as a possible insert if Philip Rivers were to be benched for poor play, but Rivers has turned it around just in time. That said, Rivers is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season, so there's an outside chance Taylor could find himself in a starting role next year.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 13-Mar-2019: LAC - Signed, Unrestricted FA - Two-year contract (through 2020)
  • 13-Mar-2019: CLE - Declared Free Agent
  • 14-Mar-2018: CLE - Traded - for 2018 third-round draft choice
  • 14-Mar-2018: CLE - Traded - for 2018 3rd-round draft choice
  • 12-Aug-2016: BUF - Re-signed - Six-year extension (through 2021)
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