Philip Rivers very rarely misses time. If he is injured, however, the Los Angeles Chargers have a pretty experienced backup, in former Buffalo Bill and Cleveland Brown Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor led the Bills to their first NFL Playoff berth in 18 years two seasons ago. After the year, the team chose to rebuild, and dealt him to Cleveland.
He began the year as starter, but was pretty quickly displaced by Baker Mayfield. Now, he’s off to back up one of the NFL’s stalwart veterans.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says the Chargers have agreed to a deal with Tyrod Taylor.
It is reportedly a two-year deal:
Source: The #Chargers agreed to terms with QB Tyrod Taylor on a 2-year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
Taylor had a pretty down stretch with the Browns in 2018, completing an uncharacteristically low 49.4-percent of throws. He tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions, and had a pretty paltry 5.6 yards per attempt.
He was a solid player for the Bills though, completing over 61-percent of his throws in each of his years as starter, never throwing for more than six interceptions. He had a career high 20 touchdowns in 2015.
It is unlikely that he sees much time in L.A. though, unless Rivers suffers an uncharacteristic injury.
The former first-rounder has not missed a start since taking over as the full-time starter for the Chargers in 2006. He is currently on a streak of 208 straight starts.