EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tyrod Taylor today officially joined the Giants, his sixth team on an NFL journey entering its 12th season. He has learned much about the league, professionalism, strategy and, as he demonstrated in a Zoom interview with reporters, football diplomacy.
The Giants, of course, have an established starting quarterback in Daniel Jones, and Taylor displayed his respect for that hierarchy when asked if he's coming in to compete for the starting job or as the backup.
"I view it as coming in, obviously, learning the offense, pushing the guys in the room, and just going out and putting my best foot forward each day," Taylor said. "My process since I've been drafted in 2011 has been to prepare as the starter. Obviously, at the quarterback position you never know when your number is called. You want to be able to go in and play at a high level. So, that's my focus. I'll continue to keep working as we get back in the swing of things in April."
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Taylor said his role is "to come in, work, push each day to get better, compete and do whatever it takes to help this team achieve the goals that we set."
He is accustomed to adapting to new situations.
Taylor entered the NFL as a 2011 sixth-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens, No.180 overall, from Virginia Tech. He has played in 78 regular-season games with 53 starts for Baltimore, Buffalo (where he started 43 games), Cleveland, Los Angeles (Chargers) and Houston. His first career start was at wide receiver for the Bills. Taylor started his only postseason game, for Buffalo, in 2017.
He has completed 946 of 1,542 passes (61.3%) for 10,736 yards, 59 touchdowns and 25 interceptions for a passer rating of 88.2.
Taylor's final season in Buffalo was 2017, the first year new Giants general manager Joe Schoen was the Bills' assistant G.M. When Brian Daboll arrived the following year, Taylor had moved to Cleveland for his one season with the Browns.
"We definitely talked with each other the year we spent together in Buffalo," Taylor said of his relationship with Schoen. "I wouldn't say it was a strong relationship or bond, but we're definitely familiar with one another, just the way that we go about our business each and every day. The opportunity presented itself for me to come here, I'm thankful for it, thankful for them, their trust in me to bring me here. I'm looking forward to getting to work."
Taylor spent the 2021 season with the Houston Texans. He started all six games in which he played and completed 91 of 150 throws for 966 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Houston was 2-4 in the games he started, including a victory at division champion Tennessee on Nov. 21.
"I think it was just a great fit to be able to come in, obviously, (to) learn from a bunch of offensive-minded guys in coach Dabs, (quarterbacks coach) Shea (Tierney), as well as (offensive coordinator Mike) Kafka," Taylor said. "As well as just the team. The talent on the team. Just thought it was a great fit for me and where I'm at in my career. An opportunity, like I said, to come in and continue to progress as I'm going into year 12 and offer this team whatever I can to help them win."
Taylor will also be a veteran sounding board and supporter for Jones. The two quarterbacks haven't met, but they have connected.
"I did not know Daniel," Taylor said. "We texted yesterday actually, back and forth. I'm looking forward to working alongside him. Looking forward to us pushing each other, just helping the quarterback room be the best they can be so this team can be the best they can be.
"(Jones is) very talented. Obviously, we've seen him make a lot of throws, he can escape the pocket, does a good job of leading as well too. I've never met him in person, just watched him from afar. I've been impressed. Like I said, looking forward to working with him."
*The Giants also announced the signing of free agent offensive lineman Mark Glowinski, who played three seasons for Seattle and the last four for the Indianapolis Colts. Glowinski, 6-4 and 310 pounds, is expected to compete for the starting job at one of the guard spots.