Tyrod Taylor: Baker Mayfield’s presence won’t change the way I work

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The Browns have insisted since the draft that Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback and head coach Hue Jackson did so again on Monday during a pre-OTA golf outing.

Regardless of how often the Browns make that statement, the presence of first overall pick Baker Mayfield means that people are wondering when a quarterback change is coming to Cleveland. That might bother some quarterbacks, but Taylor pointed to his own draft experience as a reminder that he’s been overlooked before and that his approach shouldn’t change because of who else is on the roster.

“I was drafted in 2011,” Taylor said, via Cleveland.com. “[Ten] quarterbacks were taken ahead of me. Two of them are playing now [Cam Newton and Andy Dalton]. And that’s not any disrespect to the guys who aren’t playing, but what drove me every day was remembering my mom and my parents’ faces and the feeling that I had on draft day, not being happy about that. So I’m going to continue to keep pushing, continue to keep working the way I do. [I’m] ready to take my game to the next level. I think that I’ve been able to take steps in the right direction each year that I’ve been able to play the game. So I’m excited about the opportunity that I have here. There’s so much talent on this team and guys that are in the right mindset.”

Mayfield is unlikely to go the way of Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Ricky Stanzi or Nathan Enderle and the long-term job security won’t get any better in Cleveland, but anything Taylor can do to show he’s the best choice right now should serve him well as the Browns try to get to two wins in a season for the first time since 2015.

21 responses to “Tyrod Taylor: Baker Mayfield’s presence won’t change the way I work

  1. Once Cleveland gets a taste of Tyrod’s unexplainable and consistent lack of touch and accuracy, they’ll be chasing him off the field by week three.
    Trust us, Bills fan.

  2. Tyrod, just look at Alex Smith. He’s always employed, yet his team is usually looking to replace him. He’ll retire with $200 million in the bank. Just keep working, and keep a good attitude. A backup QB is the second most important position on a team. There have been several backup QB’s win super bowls, including Doug Williams. How much money do you think Nick Foles will get on the free agent market when he becomes available? You never know when a starter is going to go down, and Mayfield is a super competitive guy who might challenge a defender instead of sliding. Keep your helmet close by. You might need it.

  3. As a BIlls fan, glad he’s gone. However he will get the Browns at least 5 wins this year. I just don’t like his game, one read, gimmicky etc. Best of luck

  4. Bills fan here. Tyrod is an amazing, hard working, and class act of a man. His limitations unfortunately will always hold him back from greatness but he will always have my respect.

  5. Translation: “I don’t care if Baker keeps throwing the ball 30-40 yds. and throwing receivers open. I’m still going to do my thing trying to hit wide open receivers with 2-3 yard passes and running, if I don’t see them within 1-2 seconds of the snap. Let the defense stop me”. (Like they have since I’ve been in the league).

    Mayfield will start by week 4.

  6. Tyrod Taylor: Baker Mayfield’s presence won’t change the way I work
    It better or you won’t work for much longer.

  7. I can’t understand the hate for Tyrod, he’s being a pro’s pro his whole career. Plus he led to the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since like 1865.

  8. Of course Hue wants Tyrod to start. His job is on the line and he needs 9 wins this year to keep his job. Tyrod Taylor gives him the best chance to win games right away, not the rook.

    I don’t think Cleveland will win 9 games and Hue will be fired, but that is not the point here. John Dorsey knows Hue is not his plan for coach long term, but if the guy goes out and wins 9 or 10 games this season(not likely) he will keep him around.

    If after week 8 the Browns are 2-6, look for Hue to let the rookie start. Hue has nothing to lose at that point and will also be getting direction from John Dorsey that he wants to see what Baker has the 2nd half of season. Zero chance Baker starts week one of season. Zero.

  9. Either you have it or you don’t.

    And this guy has never improved year over year.

    He’ll always be a player wearing a QB Halloween costume on any given Sunday.

  10. Tyrod should really consider switching position. He doesn’t have the mental make up to be an NFL QB. Rex Ryan tried to compare Tyrod to Russell Wilson and he was way off. Russell has a very high football IQ.

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