Hue Jackson ‘not going to back off’ Tyrod Taylor as Browns starting QB
In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns took their latest stab at hopefully drafting franchise quarterback by selecting former Oklahoma signal-caller and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick. So far in rookie minicamp, it has been reported that Baker Mayfield has looked “good.”
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Despite the solid play from Mayfield, Browns head coach Hue Jackson has stood by his claim that newly acquired QB Tyrod Taylor will be the Browns starting quarterback heading into the season.
“I’m not going to back off of this,” Jackson said, per Cleveland.com. “We can keep writing this narrative, Tyrod Taylor’s the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won’t change.
“… Tyrod has demonstrated every day what it’s like to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League. I want some of that to rub off on (Mayfield) so he can see firsthand what it means to play quarterback in the National Football League. Baker doesn’t know. … The thing I like about the young man, he’s going to do the work. I truly believe that.”
It looks like the Browns will not be rushing Mayfield into starting right out of the gate so he can learn under a veteran first. And from the sound of it, Mayfield perfectly understands his role with the team at this point.
Taylor is coming off a playoff berth with the Buffalo Bills, finishing second in the AFC East with a 9-7 record. Taylor was benched by the Bills for inconsistency. However, the Browns have surrounded Taylor with weapons like Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon and drafted former Florida WR Antonio Callaway as well.
It will be interesting to see how Baker gets worked into the offense in his rookie campaign, but Taylor anchors the top of the depth chart — for now.