Tyrod Taylor, the backup quarterback for the New York Giants, was carried to the locker room during Sunday’s preseason game against the New York Jets after taking a strong blow to the back.
With starter Daniel Jones taking the afternoon off, Taylor started the Giants’ final preseason game. Late in the first quarter, after attempting a ball, he rolled to his right and was struck by Jets rookie defensive end Micheal Clemons.
Taylor stayed on the ground until he was attended to by the Giants medical personnel. The play was intended for a 25-yard pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger. He eventually left the field while still jogging, but he walked straight to the blue medical tent to be observed.
After his team’s 31-27 defeat, Giants coach Brian Daboll said, “He should be OK.” “There isn’t anything, in my opinion. At halftime, he simply spoke to him after landing forcefully.”
In street clothes in the second half, Taylor appeared to be moving without any issues on the sidelines.
Taylor boarded a cart and was driven to the locker room as soon as he came out of the tent. In Taylor’s absence, Davis Webb, the backup quarterback, would take over and be the next in line to replace Jones.
Against the Jets, Webb completed 30-of-38 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. In the preseason, he completed 60 of 81 passes (74%) for 458 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Taylor was acquired by the Giants over the offseason to serve as Jones’ seasoned back-up. They had to have a backup plan after things went wrong the previous season when Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm filled in as starters for the last six games when Jones was sidelined with a neck ailment.
With just 9.3 points scored per game, New York lost each of the six contests.
For the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, and Houston Texans, Taylor, 33, has started games in his career. This offseason, he agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the Giants.