Tyrod Taylor, QB
Tyrod Taylor did exactly what he was supposed to do.
Taylor was 5 of 5 for 99 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 158.3 quarterback rating.
With a performance like that, there’s no chance of a quarterback controversy, and that’s exactly what the Browns needed.
Taylor’s the starter, as Hue Jackson‘s continuously stated and things are going to stay that way.
Just think how important it was for Taylor to come into the preseason and lead the Browns to a touchdown drive.
You’re starting quarterback should be able to do that. If not, well, you’re probably starting Brock Osweiler and embarking on what will likely turn out to be an 0-16 season.
OK, so how much can Taylor’s stock rise? After all, the job’s already his.
Keep in mind though, Taylor’s playing for a big contract this offseason when he becomes a free agent.
That means playing well and squashing any threat of a quarterback controversy. That means moving the chains, scoring, helping the Browns win and keeping Mayfield holding a clip board.
No, it doesn’t mean Super Bowl, but it should mean the Browns will be worth talking about come December, and when’s the last time that happened?