Former Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor gets a promotion from New York Giants

Former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is going to start under center this weekend for the New York Giants when they host the Los Angeles Rams.
New York Giants v Philadelphia Eagles
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Christmas Day, New York Giants coach Brian Daboll made a switch at quarterback when he benched his starter, Tommy DeVito in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor, who was injured earlier this season, was inserted and nearly led a Giants second half come from behind win.

Taylor and New York trailed 20-3 but rallied and came up short in a 33-25 loss and ended the game deep in Philadelphia territory when the clock struck all zeros. Wednesday morning, Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network reported that Daboll has decided on who will start against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Tyrod Taylor to start against the Rams

Wednesday, Rapoport reported that the Giants, who are 5-10, will start Taylor at home against the Rams, who are 8-7 and need the win as they try and claim one of the three NFC wild-card spots.

Against the Eagles, Taylor finished 7-for-16 for 133 yards, one touchdown pass to Darius Slayton for 62 yards and an interception. He also rushed for 21 yards on two carries.

Taylor started earlier this season for New York, but an injury sidelined him, and he's back in the fold after DeVito's good story ran out. Now Taylor gets a whole week of preparation for a Los Angeles team that has been very well of late and will be hungry for a win. After this weekend's game, New York closes the season on Jan. 7 at home against the Eagles for the second time in three weeks.

Earlier this season in mid-October, the Giants brought in a couple of free agent quarterbacks for a tryout after Taylor struggled in a loss to the Buffalo Bills, but Daboll stuck with him until he was injured and with Daniel Jones out of the year, DeVito was inserted until Monday afternoon in Philadelphia.