Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Texans add QB Tyrod Taylor on 1-year deal

The Houston Texans added key insurance at the quarterback position Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent Tyrod Taylor, according to multiple media reports.

The deal is reportedly worth up to $12.5 million and gives the Texans a quality backup quarterback in case Deshaun Watson holds true to his word that he does not want to play for Houston moving forward. Watson has formally requested to be traded, but new head coach David Culley has stressed the team remains committed to him.

Taylor, 31, appeared in two games with the Los Angeles Charges last season, completing just 16 of 30 passes for 208 yards. He started and won the first game of the campaign for the Chargers before having his lung accidentally punctured by a team doctor administering a pain-killer injection, opening the door for eventual Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert to seize the job.

Taylor had three consecutive seasons as a starter for the Buffalo Bills beginning in 2015, when he was named to the Pro Bowl. He has since started only four games between stints with the Cleveland Browns and the Chargers.

He has a 24-21-1 career record as a starter with 9,770 passing yards, 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Watson’s contract with the Texans runs through the 2025 season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) warms up before a game against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: QB Taylor won’t file grievance vs. Chargers

No grievance will be filed by quarterback Tyrod Taylor against the Los Angeles Chargers or the team physician who erred in providing a pain-killing injection that ruptured Taylor’s lung.

NFL Network reported Wednesday that Taylor informed the NFLPA he wouldn’t file a grievance.

The injection provided to Taylor prior to the Chargers’ Week 2 game resulted in medical issues and cost Taylor the starting quarterback job. While he was out recovering from the mishap, rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert emerged as the No. 1 quarterback.

Taylor requested the injection prior to the game in an attempt to mask rib pain and play in the Chargers’ contest with the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead of being on the field, he was taking to the hospital before the game and began treatment for a punctured lung.

Taylor was inactive for a month and unable to practice from Sept. 20 until he was cleared to return Oct. 22.

The 31-year-old is set to make $5 million in 2020 and previously started games for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.

With Philip Rivers, drafted in 2004 and the team’s starter from 2006-2019, signing with the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Anthony Lynn named Taylor the starting quarterback entering the regular season.

He injured his ribs in the opener at Cincinnati, a 16-13 victory over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie QB Herbert to remain starter for Chargers

Rookie Justin Herbert will be the Los Angeles Chargers’ starting quarterback going forward, coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday.

Lynn confirmed that Herbert will get the nod for the Chargers (1-3) in Monday’s road game against the New Orleans Saints (2-2) even if veteran Tyrod Taylor is healthy and active.

Taylor, 31, started Los Angeles’ 16-13 win over Cincinnati in the season opener and was poised to do the same against Kansas City in Week 2, but he sustained a punctured lung from a painkilling injection administered by a team doctor.

Herbert, who was the sixth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, came on and completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown against the Chiefs. The 22-year-old Herbert threw for a season-high 330 yards the following week against Carolina and tossed three touchdown passes in a 38-31 setback at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

A four-year starter at Oregon, Herbert threw for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns against just 23 interceptions, including 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six picks as a senior in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie QB Herbert to remain starter for Chargers

Rookie Justin Herbert will be the Los Angeles Chargers’ starting quarterback going forward, coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday.

Lynn confirmed that Herbert will get the nod for the Chargers (1-3) in Monday’s road game against the New Orleans Saints (2-2) even if veteran Tyrod Taylor is healthy and active.

Taylor, 31, started Los Angeles’ 16-13 win over Cincinnati in the season opener and was poised to do the same against Kansas City in Week 2, but he sustained a punctured lung from a painkilling injection administered by a team doctor.

Herbert, who was the sixth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, came on and completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown against the Chiefs. The 22-year-old Herbert threw for a season-high 330 yards the following week against Carolina and tossed three touchdown passes in a 38-31 setback at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

A four-year starter at Oregon, Herbert threw for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns against just 23 interceptions, including 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six picks as a senior in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie QB Herbert to remain starter for Chargers

Rookie Justin Herbert will be the Los Angeles Chargers’ starting quarterback going forward, coach Anthony Lynn announced Thursday.

Lynn confirmed that Herbert will get the nod for the Chargers (1-3) in Monday’s road game against the New Orleans Saints (2-2) even if veteran Tyrod Taylor is healthy and active.

Taylor, 31, started Los Angeles’ 16-13 win over Cincinnati in the season opener and was poised to do the same against Kansas City in Week 2, but he sustained a punctured lung from a painkilling injection administered by a team doctor.

Herbert, who was the sixth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, came on and completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards with a touchdown against the Chiefs. The 22-year-old Herbert threw for a season-high 330 yards the following week against Carolina and tossed three touchdown passes in a 38-31 setback at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

A four-year starter at Oregon, Herbert threw for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns against just 23 interceptions, including 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six picks as a senior in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers QB Taylor out through Week 4

The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to be without starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor through at least next week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday.

He has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Taylor, 31, suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection before the Chargers played the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. He was scratched just before kickoff and later went to the hospital.

Taylor has been instructed to avoid strenuous activity for two weeks, according to Schefter, which would sideline him versus the Bucs.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Taylor has been “helping prepare” rookie Justin Herbert for his second career start. Lynn also said that Taylor played through a rib injury in most of a Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

In his debut as a starter, Herbert was unfazed and nearly led the Chargers to an upset of defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City before the Chiefs prevailed 23-20 on a 58-yard overtime field goal by Harrison Butker.

Herbert, the first-round pick (sixth overall) from Oregon, completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown along with one interception in a loss to the Chiefs. He also rushed for a score.

Lynn has said that Taylor will remain the starter as long as he’s healthy.

Taylor started the Chargers’ season-opening 16-13 victory over the Bengals and was 16-of-30 passing for 208 yards. An MRI later in the week showed he suffered two cracked ribs in that contest.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) tackled by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray (56) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chargers QB Taylor’s lung punctured during injection

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection from a team doctor before Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Taylor was scratched just before kickoff Sunday when the team said the veteran quarterback experienced breathing difficulties and later went to the hospital.

Taylor was hospitalized briefly, though he might not be ready to replace rookie quarterback Justin Herbert just yet.

According to Schefter, doctors have advised Taylor to stay off the field “indefinitely.” The NFL Players Association is investigating the situation.

“Our medical and legal team have been in touch with Tyrod and his agent since Sunday collecting facts,” George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the union, tweeted Wednesday. “An investigation has been initiated.”

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that Taylor will remain the starter as long as he’s healthy, but there’s no indication whether the 31-year-old will be ready for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

In his debut as a starter, Herbert was unfazed and nearly led the Chargers to an upset of defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City before the Chiefs prevailed 23-20 on a 58-yard overtime field goal by Harrison Butker.

Herbert, the first-round pick (sixth overall) from Oregon, completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown along with one interception. He also rushed for a score.

Taylor started the Chargers’ season-opening 16-13 victory the Cincinnati Bengals and was 16-of-30 passing for 208 yards. An MRI later in the week showed he suffered two cracked ribs in that contest.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) scores a touchdown past Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Michael Danna (51) during the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

QB Herbert debuts for Chargers after Taylor injury

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a pregame chest injury, giving rookie Justin Herbert his first NFL start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbert marched the Chargers down the field on their first possession and scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead.

It was the first rushing touchdown by a Chargers quarterback since Philip Rivers did it nine years ago — a span of 141 games. Herbert’s score capped an eight-play, 79-yard drive that included a 35-yard pass to running back Joshua Kelley.

The Chargers announced Taylor’s injury early in the first quarter and listed the veteran as questionable. He had been on the injury report in the past week with a rib injury.

–Field Level Media

Aug 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws the ball during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers’ Lynn names QB Taylor as Week 1 starter

Tyrod Taylor will start at quarterback when the Chargers kick off the post-Philip Rivers era, Los Angeles head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Wednesday.

“Tyrod Taylor’s our starter,” Lynn told reporters, effectively ending the competition with rookie first-rounder Justin Herbert.

The Chargers will open the 2020 season on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 13. It will mark the first time since 2005 that the team has played a game without Rivers under center, a streak of 224 consecutive regular season games.

The Chargers released the 38-year-old Rivers in January. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts in March.

Taylor completed 4 of 6 passes for 33 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in eight appearances for the Chargers last season.

The 31-year-old veteran made 44 starts with the Buffalo Bills from 2015-17 and three starts with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. He is 23-21-1 as a starter and has passed for 9,562 yards, 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 70 games. Taylor has also rushed for 1,843 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Herbert, 22, was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Oregon, where he passed for more than 10,000 yards with 95 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in four seasons.

–Field Level Media

Week 11 Fantasy Disappointments

Week 11 of the NFL season was once again full of disappointing fantasy performances for owners all over the country. With only two weeks left until playoffs start in most fantasy leagues, dud performances are starting to really take a toll on playoff chances. Here are 3 of the most disappointing fantasy players from this past week.
Tyrod Taylor
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has actually been a fairly consistent fantasy option for people who opted to draft a quarterback in the later rounds. Before Sunday, Taylor had only failed to eclipse 15 standard fantasy points just one time. Unfortunately for his owners, Taylor was almost non-existent from a fantasy perspective against the Cincinnati Bengals. He managed just 166 yards through the air with no touchdowns and an interception. He also only managed 39 yards on the ground. Despite a gritty 16-12 win for the Bills, Taylor left his owners, myself included, out in the cold.
The Bills schedule is filled with exploitable defenses for the rest of the season, so Taylor should be able to turn it around sooner rather than later. The possible return of injured star receiver Sammy Watkins in the next couple of weeks would certainly bolster Taylor’s fantasy upside.
Ben Roethlisberger
Arguably the biggest Week 11 disappointment, Roethlisberger entered Sunday with the juiciest fantasy match-up he could have, the winless Cleveland Browns. Despite ranking near last in every major defensive category, the Browns held Roethlisberger to just 167 passing yards and no touchdowns. In Big Ben’s defense, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell stole the show with over 200 total yards from scrimmage, but being held under 200 yards passing by the hapless Browns is more than a bit embarrassing.
Roethlisberger will have another juicy match-up this week against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on Thanksgiving.  His owners will hope for the Big Ben who put up 408 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys instead of the unenthusiastic play he showcased against the worst team in the league.
Michael Crabtree
Oakland Raiders veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree exploded onto the fantasy scene this season as the Robin to Amari Cooper’s Batman. Thus far, he has amassed 601 yards receiving to go along with 6 touchdowns. Unfortunately for his owners, none of this production came to fruition this week against the Houston Texans. Crabtree only managed 5 yards on 3 receptions, far below his projections. He did manage to draw 2 pass interference penalties that moved Oakland way down the field, but flags don’t count towards fantasy points.
He will look to turn it around next week against the Carolina Panthers, a team that has been struggling to stop receivers all season.