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Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2013 at 7:13 am •  Published: January 31, 2013
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That, essentially, is the job description of a backup quarterback — whether he was once a starter or has never been anything but a second-stringer.

"I don't know which situation is better or worse," Alex Smith said. "We're just at different points in a career. What's this, his second year? He's been on a good team, obviously. He's there for a reason. Your job as a backup is to be ready to go. That's no different for him or I. That's our job."

It is a role Taylor takes seriously. He isn't in the Big Easy this week to take a stroll on Bourbon Street or munch on beignets.

"You have to be ready to play," Taylor said. "That's how you have to carry yourself throughout the week as far preparation. You have to be physically prepared and mentally prepared because you never know when the opportunity may come."

For now, Taylor is fine with his role. The former sixth-round draft pick is playing on a winner, earning a decent paycheck and is appreciated by his teammates.

"He's a great quarterback, man," Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said. "I think a lot of people underestimated him coming out of the draft. You think, how did he even fall this far? Obviously, it's tough for him because of Joe, but Tyrod can play. We're both from Virginia, and I've known him since high school. I'm happy he's on our team, because he can definitely do some damage. But he understands how it works. It's a business, and you have to wait your turn."

The 24-year-old Taylor is willing to be patient.

"Of course I want to start, but my job is to continue to stay prepared," he said. "When the opportunity does come or whatever playing time I get, I have to continue to showcase my talent because other eyes are looking. But right now, it's all about whatever it takes to win this game right here, this Super Bowl. So that's my job this week."