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Ravens rookie Tyrod Taylor wants to contact fellow quarterback Joe Flacco soon so he can begin studying his playbook.
With the NFL lockout, he can’t get one from the team.
“I’m going to reach out to Flacco,” Taylor said in a conference call with media members shortly after he was drafted. “We’re teammates now, so hopefully we can get some study sessions on and just help my progression. The lockout is difficult for a quarterback because you’re not able to get the playbook as soon as you can, but everyone is in the lockout.
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“I’m going to try to get in the playbook and learn it as quickly as possible.”
The Ravens’ first-round draft pick, Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, was the only rookie that got to leave Ravens headquarters with a book in hand because he arrived in Owings Mills, Md., on the one day the lockout was briefly lifted (April 29).
Couple Taylor’s rookie status with the fact that his position is football’s most difficult, and the Virginia Tech product will have his work cut out for him when teams can resume contact with players.
But it’s not just Taylor who is itching to get a playbook.
Fourth-round pick Tandon Doss said both Flacco and veteran wideout Derrick Mason have called to welcome the Indiana University playmaker.
Doss said Mason is also sending him a playbook.
“So far, it’s been Derrick Mason and Flacco who I’ve talked to,” Doss told the Norris and Davis Show on 105.7 The Fan. “Derrick’s just been trying to help me out in any way he can right now. He’s sending me a playbook so I can get a grasp of this offense.
“Flacco reached out to me and told me that if I needed anything, just to give him a shout.”
It remains to be seen how much rookies can actually glean from the borrowed or copied playbooks without coaching present.
At the very least, Doss said, studying the basic routes on paper and perhaps taking them to a practice field will be beneficial.
“It’s good for the route concepts and an idea where they might want me to be and where I can focus,” Doss noted. “Being able to see the formations will be helpful.”