Tyrod Taylor leads seven-ex Browns players back to Cleveland with the Texans.
Tyrod Taylor was the first real veteran quarterback that Hue Jackson had during his tenure in Cleveland. It was too bad that the Browns had also just drafted Baker Mayfield first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Now Taylor and six other former Browns are returning to Cleveland, this time as members of the Texans.
This isn’t too surprising, players change teams and need to keep playing to earn a living. The volume of which is interesting, but I wouldn’t say it is “odd”, as I rarely ever look at how many Ex-Browns players are on the opposing team’s squad.
This originally started off with two that were obvious, but soon blossomed to a list encompassing seven total players. So we’re going to look at each player and how they’ve been doing since leaving Cleveland.
QB Tyrod Taylor
Shockingly, or not, Tyrod Taylor’s worst year in his career came under Hue Jackson’s watch. The then-29-year-old went 1-1-1 as a starter, with a 49.4%, for 473 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. By far the best quarterback to step on the field since Brian Hoyer but he still got replaced by Mayfield, who’s already a franchise legend at the position.
Granted, that wasn’t hard to do.
Taylor, a former Pro Bowler, went 7-6 in 2015 with the Bills and threw 20 touchdowns over 3,036 yards while rushing for another 568 and four more touchdowns. He’d spend three years in Buffalo, finishing with a record of 22-20, with 51 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and over 8,800 yards thrown for, with another 1,575 yards rushing on the ground and 14 total touchdowns.
Since then, he’s been a backup in Cleveland and Los Angeles, where he’s had to watch Mayfield and Justin Gilbert thrive. Now, in Houston, he’s the starter for the whole year with DeShaun Watson wanting a trade and dealing with a heaping amount of legal issues, Taylor’s position is pretty secure.
While it was only the Jaguars, Taylor threw for 291 yards, and two touchdowns in a blowout of Jacksonville. This may be a sign of things to come but who knows.