The Ravens got athletic backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor involved in the offense Sunday, employing a bit of misdirection by having him line up at wide receiver.

During the second quarter of a 20-17 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, quarterback Joe Flacco faked a handoff to running back Ray Rice before flipping the ball to Taylor as he darted over from his left.

With running back Ray Rice and tight end Ed Dickson upending defenders with crushing blocks and wide receiver Torrey Smith running interference downfield, Taylor dashed 18 yards up the right sideline to pick up a first down.

"It was good to get out there and get my hands on the ball and make a play," Taylor said. "Anything to get a spark, it's hard to win in this league."

Taylor, a former Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year from Virginia Tech, is often characterized as one of the best athletes on the roster. He has 93 career rushing yards on 16 carries with one touchdown, completing 18 of 30 career passes for 197 yards and one interception.

Because of Taylor's mobility and playmaking skills, there's no shortage of ways the Ravens could utilize him in a variety of roles, including at receiver or possibly in the Wildcat or Pistol formations.

"Anytime you can get a guy out there that can make some plays, it brings emotion to the offense," Taylor said. "We can try to build off of it."

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