The New York Giants finally signed their backup quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, who is preparing to turn 33 years old this upcoming season.
After the Giants rolled with Mike Glennon over the past few seasons, it was about time they found a quarterback that could at least supplement the same skill set as Daniel Jones. Glennon was a statue in the pocket, offering no mobility and downfield prowess.
Taylor offers solid movement in the pocket and the ability to extend plays with his legs. This past season with the Houston Texans, Taylor was given an opportunity to start and prove his worth. He posted 966 yards and five touchdowns over six games before going down with an injury.
The former Texan signed a two-year, $17 million deal with $8.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
Some may argue that the Giants overpaid Taylor, but after witnessing how little Glennon offered the team last season when Jones went down, finding a competent backup was essential to the Giants’ plans. At the very least, Tyrod is capable of winning games in the NFL and providing legitimate talent at the quarterback position, which is something that must be factored into his price.
Taylor spent the 2017 season with Buffalo, the same year that Joe Schoen became the team’s assistant general manager. During that campaign, he recorded 2,799 yards and 14 touchdowns, so there was obviously a connection that impacted the probability of him joining Big Blue this off-season.
Overall, he’s a pricey signing for the Giants, who have minimal salary to work with, but he can compete with Jones and push him to become his best version, which is exactly what he needs going into his fourth season in the NFL.