Tyrod Taylor already drawing praise from all corners of Giants’ world

What is Tyrod Taylor to the Giants?

In a perfect world, they want him to be a dependable backup to starting quarterback Daniel Jones, the insurance policy the team famously failed to secure last season, causing a spiral that ultimately led to Joe Judge being fired as the head coach.

What is Taylor to Giants fans?

Many of them (the growing number who are no longer believers in Jones) want him to be — and predict he will be — the starter before Halloween. There are informal conversations taking place about how many games Jones starts before Taylor takes over.

What does Taylor want to be as he embarks on his 12th NFL season with his sixth team?

A starting quarterback again, of course.

Because every player wants to play — particularly Taylor, whose star-crossed NFL journey has been marred by injuries interrupting opportunity — the most bizarre of which came when a Chargers team doctor accidentally punctured his lung right before his second start of the 2020 season while trying to give him a painkiller injection for cracked ribs.

Tyrod Taylor scrambles past Patriots linebacker Ronnie Perkins during the Giants' Week 1 preseason win.
Tyrod Taylor scrambles past Patriots linebacker Ronnie Perkins during the Giants’ Week 1 preseason win.
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But Taylor, the well-traveled 33-year-old whom the Giants signed this offseason to be Jones’ backup, isn’t here to make waves or stir the pot of controversy.

By all accounts — significantly those of Giants players and coaches — Taylor has been the consummate teammate: a pro’s pro who third-string quarterback Davis Webb on Thursday told The Post “is the coolest teammate I’ve ever been around, one of my favorite people I’ve ever been around.’’

Whether or not you’re a believer in Jones (12-25 as a starter), the reality is that though he remains the starter until head coach Brian Daboll says otherwise, he’s not exactly on the firmest of turf. The fact that the Giants didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on Jones’ contract is a clear sign that the new regime isn’t 100 percent sure what he is.

Does that make Taylor, who’s started 53 of his 78 career games in the league, compiling a 27-25-1 record with 59 touchdown passes to only 25 interceptions, a threat to wrest the starting job from Jones?

Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor
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Of course, it does.

Credit Giants general manager Joe Schoen and Daboll for righting one of the most egregious wrongs in the history of NFL personnel decision-making by bringing in a competent backup quarterback in Taylor.

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