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Taylor is clearly ahead of Mayfield in Cleveland

The former Bills quarterback is impressing in his new home

June 14, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

We are a few months removed from Tyrod Taylor being traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Cleveland Browns for the first pick of the third round in the 2018 NFL Draft. That pick was used by the Bills to trade up in the first round and select linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

Now in his new home, Taylor has first overall pick Baker Mayfield lurking over his shoulder, but Taylor is doing as well as he can so far.

New Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley thinks the gap is pretty large right now between Taylor and Mayfield.

"[Mayfield] has a long way to go. I would say it is clear that Tyrod is the leader of this team... Any time that you're a young player coming into this league, especially a quarterback, it's going to take time.''

Taylor was always applauded for his leadership in Buffalo, so it's no surprise that he's making strides in that area with the Browns. It seems very likely that Taylor will start the regular season at quarterback for Cleveland. Head coach Hue Jackson indicated before the draft even happened that Taylor would start the entire regular season.

With weapons like Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Corey Coleman, Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and a pretty good offensive line on paper, Taylor has the tools to be successful this year in Cleveland.

While Taylor is only 28-years-old, this may be his last great shot to prove he's a franchise quarterback. He has certainly proven he can be a capable starter, but if he can't put up big numbers with the weapons the Browns have, it could be just backup jobs in the future. Not to mention that offensive coordinator Todd Haley generally gets really good production out of his quarterbacks.

With Mayfield in the picture, Taylor will never be the long-term answer for the Browns. His play this season could change the course of his career going forward.

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