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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback | #5

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (180) / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield "did not look ready to compete" with Tyrod Taylor for the Browns' starting quarterback job at OTAs and minicamp.
The Boston Globe had a similar report on Sunday. The Plain Dealer doesn't detail where exactly Mayfield is so far behind, but Taylor is a three-year starter with a 22-20 record the past three seasons on poorly-assembled Bills teams. He should open training camp as the heavy favorite to start Week 1. Still, Taylor would be beating the odds to keep the job beyond Cleveland's Week 11 bye. Jun 18 - 3:36 PM

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Browns OC Todd Haley said Tyrod Taylor is the "leader of [the] team."

It is one of the reasons Haley believes No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield has "a long way to go" in his quest for the starting job. Despite using the first pick on Mayfield, the Browns have consistently said Taylor will be their starter. It would be a surprise if the veteran did not get the nod Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 1:08 PM

Browns head coach Hue Jackson reaffirmed Friday that Tyrod Taylor will be Cleveland's starting quarterback.

"I am not going to back off of this and we can keep writing this narrative, Tyrod Taylor is the starting quarterback of this football team," Jackson said. "That will not change." Jackson continued that Taylor has demonstrated "what it is like to be a starting quarterback in the NFL" and that that is something Mayfield "doesn’t know" and thus "has a long way to go". It's the second time in the last week that Jackson has confirmed Taylor, who has only one year remaining on his current deal, will be the team's starter in Week 1.
Source: Browns Zone
May 5 - 10:24 AM

Browns head coach Hue Jackson confirmed Tyrod Taylor is the team's starting quarterback.

Cabot continues that Jackson said he'll resist the temptation to throw Baker Mayfield in "too soon". Although Jackson has confirmed Taylor's status as Cleveland's Week 1 starter numerous times throughout the offseason, it's likely Taylor will be given a short leash. The former Bills QB has only one year remaining on his current deal and will likely give way to the No. 1 overall pick sooner rather than later this upcoming season.
Apr 28 - 4:35 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson confirmed that Tyrod Taylor will serve as the Browns' starting quarterback in 2018.

Whichever quarterback the Browns select at No. 1—Jackson said there's no clear consensus yet—will begin as Taylor's backup. It looks like Jackson has learned his lesson after throwing an ill-prepared DeShone Kizer into the fire last season. Josh Allen, who is probably the biggest project of the four top quarterbacks in this year's draft, would be well-served taking a red-shirt year in 2018.
Apr 17 - 2:53 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson doesn't view Tyrod Taylor as a "bridge quarterback."

"This is the starting quarterback on our team," said Jackson. "There are no 'bridge' players. This guy walks in having more wins than a lot of people in this building. Hopefully, that will rub off on the rest." This is coachspeak, but Taylor looks entrenched as the Week 1 starter. With Cleveland expected to draft a quarterback first overall, Taylor is going to have a short leash.
Mar 24 - 7:05 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson stated Thursday that Tyrod Taylor will be his starting quarterback for 2018.

"He's going to be the starting quarterback," said Jackson. "There is no competition." DeShone Kizer was the NFL's youngest starting quarterback in league history last year, yet Jackson benched him repeatedly. It sounds like Taylor will have a longer leash, although the pressure to play quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall is always immense. We expect the Browns to draft a quarterback first.
Mar 15 - 4:46 PM

Browns acquired QB Tyrod Taylor from the Bills in exchange for the No. 65 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

This deal comes just hours after the Browns agreed to a trade which will bring Jarvis Landry to Cleveland. Coach Hue Jackson has said he does not want to start a rookie quarterback in Week 1, and this trade all but ensures he will not have to. It also means the Browns do not have to reach for a quarterback with one of their top five picks if they are not in love with the top options, although Taylor is scheduled to be a free agent after this season. As for Buffalo, the writing had been on the wall for Taylor, but now the only quarterback they have under contract is Nathan "Five Pick" Peterman. They are strong candidates to trade up for one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.
Mar 9 - 6:04 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Bills are not planning to release Tyrod Taylor "at this point."

"At this point, it doesn't seem like they're going to cut him without knowing who his replacement will be," Rapoport sad on NFL Network. "The Bills are OK with paying a $6 million roster bonus to keep him on the roster." That bonus is due on the third day of the new league year. Rapsheet does report the Bills remain open to trading Taylor. Essentially, the report changes nothing. There is wiggle-room wording leaving open the possibility of Taylor's release while a trade is left on the table. The Bills were extremely vague on Taylor's future in their end-of-season press conferences.
Feb 22 - 3:57 PM

Tyrod Taylor won't take a pay cut to remain with the Bills.

Taylor wants to stay in Buffalo, but his future is in doubt after another uneven season. The Bills can save $15 million from making Taylor a post-June cut and look likely to move on. The Broncos, who went after Taylor in 2015 free agency, have been connected as a possible landing spot.
Feb 2 - 6:41 PM

When asked about Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo, Bills coach Sean McDermott declined to comment.

"I’m not going to get into Tyrod Taylor’s future," he said, while adding that the team will continue to "evaluate." The Bills have been going year to year with Taylor since his arrival in Buffalo, but have yet to find a better option at quarterback. The 28-year-old didn't put up big passing numbers in 2017 (14 touchdown passes in 15 games) but did the best he could with his limited receiving weapons. Fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman struggled in limited action this season and looks ill-equipped to take on the starting job.
Jan 23 - 4:31 PM

The Denver Post considers the Broncos a landing spot for Tyrod Taylor.

The Broncos made a run at Taylor in 2015 free agency, but he signed with Buffalo for less money. The Bills are expected to move on from him this offseason, and the Broncos could be a strong fit given their quarterback situation and Taylor's ties to Gary Kubiak. With Paxton Lynch and a top-five pick this year, Taylor wouldn't be more than a placeholder in Denver.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 12 - 6:02 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 17-of-38 passes for 134 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in the Bills' 10-3, Wild Card loss to the Jaguars before departing with a head injury.

Struggling mightily all afternoon, Taylor was then driven into the turf in the game's waning moments, slamming his head. He appeared out cold for several moments. He has since been placed in the concussion protocol. Nathan Peterman came in to finish the game, and threw a season-sealing pick to Jalen Ramsey. Peterman almost certainly isn't going to be the player to displace Taylor in 2018, but the Bills seem likely to move on. Taylor's game hasn't progressed, and coach Sean McDermott has telegraphed he wants to go in a different direction. Although it had something to do with an embarrassingly limited supporting cast, Taylor's 2017 didn't feature his usual peaks to go along with his valleys. The Bills made stunningly few big plays. Taylor's $6 million roster bonus is all but guaranteed to be declined, making him a free agent. 2018 will be Taylor's age-29 season.
Jan 7 - 4:21 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 19-of-27 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown while adding six carries for 35 yards Sunday in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

There's been no shortage of drama throughout Taylor's tenure in Buffalo. Arguably the most under-appreciated quarterback in football, Taylor was inexplicably benched for Nathan Peterman in Week 11, only to have the overmatched rookie throw five first-half interceptions against the Chargers. Taylor regained his starting job following Peterman’s implosion but he never made much of a dent in fantasy with Deonte Thompson and an injured Kelvin Benjamin as his top receivers. Tyrod kept the mistakes to a minimum during the regular season (four interceptions) and was productive as a ball-carrier with 427 rushing yards, but never topped 300 passing yards in a game. Taylor will make his first postseason start next week in Jacksonville. It's the Bills' first playoff appearance since 1999.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:26:00 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 21-of-38 passes for 281 yards and rushed three times for 16 yards in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Patriots.

As is always the case, it was a game of up and downs for Taylor. He made a couple great deep throws to Deonte Thompson in the first half and consistently found Kelvin Benjamin for chain-moving gains, but he also missed open receivers, was late to others, and had two touchdowns taken off the board – one by a drop and one by a dubious replay decision. Taylor led another long drive to open the second half, although like happened way too often in this game it ended in a field goal, but he struggled to create much after that. Following this loss, the Bills will need a win next week against the Dolphins and some help to end the league's longest playoff drought.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:44:00 PM

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3Christian Schneider
C1J.C. Tretter
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4Geoff Gray
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