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How Tyrod Taylor's Journey "Built Him for This Moment"

Chargers
11 Aug 2020, 06:36 GMT+10

2020 marks quarterback Tyrod Taylor's tenth season in the NFL.

Though he hasn't started since 2018, he's going to get the opportunity to do so this year with the Bolts, one year after the team acquired him in free agency.

Having been in the system for a season, Taylor said the opportunity to get to start under head coach Anthony Lynn "means everything" as the two spent three years together in Buffalo.

"I respect coach," Taylor said of Lynn. "Of course, I worked with him in Buffalo and I was here last year. I respect him and I respect his leadership. I told guys on my first day out here that they have the right person for the job. I'm excited for the opportunity. I know what I'm capable of as well as my teammates. It's only a matter of time before we get to show the rest of the country what we're capable of as a team."

While he said there are similarities between the Chargers offense and the one he played in with the Bills, what excites Taylor is the talent surrounding him. His year in the system working with those guys certainly helps his rapport with them as does the opportunity he had to work out with them during the offseason. After all, building that camaraderie throughout the month of August is of the utmost importance given the absence of preseason games.

"We were able to keep some of the things in the passing game with the Chargers we were successful at last year and (in) years before," he said. "Of course, we have tremendous wide receiver ability and talent, so you want to keep some of the same things. Not to compare teams, the Buffalo team is very different from this Chargers team across the board. We have a tremendous group at the wide receiver position, tight end position and running backs. Just exciting. It's very similar, but different at the same time.

"You have a veteran receiver in Keenan Allen and an up and coming star in Mike Williams. Two tight ends that have experience. Of course, Hunter (Henry), being the guy who's very versatile. (Austin) Ekeler with a bunch of experience as well and JJ (Justin Jackson) who's bouncing back as well."

Throughout his time in the league, Taylor's had his share of peaks and valleys, but he credits all the experience he's had for making him into the quarterback and person he is today.

He views 2020 and this opportunity as a fresh start, and is eager to take everything he's learned and experienced and mold it into his play as a Charger.

"I can't say I've been through it all in this journey of mine since I've been in the NFL, but I think I've been through a lot. I think those moments definitely have prepared me for the opportunity I have now. Backing up Joe (Flacco) in Baltimore, to also being on a Super Bowl-winning team. How that played out that year, and the leadership it took to get to that goal, to not making the playoffs the following year. To going to Buffalo to break a 17-year playoff (drought,) to getting traded (to Cleveland) the next year, and (then) ending up out here in L.A. I think a lot of those things have built me for this moment and I take those into consideration.

"It's a new year, it's a new beginning. But at the same time, you can learn from the past and continue to push forward and let it make you a better player. I think I've learned a lot from the people I've played with and the coaches I've been around, and I just add it all to my game."

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