A capable QB
When Tyrod Taylor takes his first snap, he’ll be the 16th quarterback in the last 20 years to start Week 1 for the Browns.
Not a ringing endorsement here, but Taylor probably won’t be great against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but on the flip side, he’s not going to stink up First Energy Stadium, either.
Taylor is the game manager of game managers, who’s coming off a season in which he led a team to the playoffs. He’s not going to throw three interceptions or fumble the ball and that gives the Browns a chance.
This isn’t DeShone Kizer going up against a Steelers defense waiting to feast of rookie quarterback mistakes.
Taylor’s played the Steelers, knows what to expect, and will probably be his usual self, meaning he’ll complete 60 percent of this passes, throw for 190 yards, a touchdown and won’t get picked off.
The Browns are hoping that’ll be enough to lift them to victory.
This is Taylor’s first test on what will be a huge season not just for the Browns, but for the man himself.
Buffalo cast him aside after he led them to the playoffs and he’s in a contract year.
If Taylor wants any opportunity of cashing in come free agency, he must keep Baker Mayfield from getting on the field. To do that, he’s got to win, and that starts with Week 1 in Pittsburgh.