Signed to be the Starter, Now He’s the Backup

With 3:01 left in the second quarter of last weeks game, starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was knocked to the ground. As he was brought down by Jets’ linebacker Avery Williamson, Taylor’s head bounced off the ground pretty hard. This led to the first overall pick, Baker Mayfield, making his NFL debut.

Taylor remained out for the rest of the game and Mayfield led the Browns to a 21-17 victory. Up to this point in the season, Taylor has only completed 49% of his passes for 462 yards, only 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He has also run 16 times for a total of 162 rushing yards with 1 touchdown.

After drafting Mayfield in the Spring, head coach Hue Jackson made it clear that he wanted Baker to sit and learn behind Taylor. Last weeks concussion has changed that. Tyrod is now backing up Mayfield but still serving as his mentor.

There was some speculation of Taylor being traded after last weeks win but that will not happen according to Hue Jackson. Besides, if the same situation happens to Mayfield, it would be better to have Taylor as the backup than Drew Stanton.

Taylor is expected to clear concussion protocol and be ready to serve as the back quarterback for the Browns next week in Oakland.