NFL notebook: Lynn thinks QB Taylor could start in 2020

FILE PHOTO: Nov 29, 2019; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws the ball during practice at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor could have an opportunity to earn the starting job for the 2020 season, coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday.

Taylor served as the team’s backup in 2019 to longtime Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who parted ways with the franchise after 16 seasons on Monday. Taylor, who signed a two-year, $11 million contract last offseason, joins Easton Stick as the lone quarterbacks on the Chargers’ roster.

“Tyrod Taylor is a heck of a quarterback,” Lynn told AM 570 LA Sports. “We couldn’t have a better backup right now, and now he has an opportunity to maybe step up into a starting role. I’ve had Tyrod before (in Buffalo), and I know what this young man brings to the table, in the passing game and the running game.

“I believe every year he’s started in this league he’s been the No. 1 quarterback in taking care of the football. … So if we can just take care of the football and take it away, we’ll be OK.”

—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is making positive strides in his recovery from a surgically repaired right elbow, general manager Kevin Colbert said.

But NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Steelers still are expected to take it slow with Roethlisberger during the spring.

More Stories