The Browns have named a starting quarterback, and its not first overall pick Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma product is clearly the quarterback of the future, but for now, Cleveland is going with veteran Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor has been a solid starter for most of the last three seasons as a Buffalo Bill. In 2017, he led the Bills to their first playoff berth in 18 years.
He never totally won over the team though, and was even benched at mid-season for Nate Peterman. The former Pitt Panther went on to have one of the worst halves of football possible, throwing five interceptions in 14 attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bills lost that game 54-24.
From there, it was Taylor's job, and he got the team to the post-season, where it lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 10-3 in the Wild Card round. Despite the playoff berth, the Bills elected to trade Taylor to the Browns for a third-round pick.
It is unclear how long Tyrod will lead the team, but as of now, he is QB1 in Cleveland.
Today, Baker Mayfield reacted to Tyrod Taylor being officially named the starter.
He kept things very diplomatic. For Mayfield's fiery on-field personality, he has always been pretty adept at handling the media:
With Taylor, the late-2017 return of Josh Gordon, and the addition of guys like Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb this off-season, the Browns offense should be much improved.
Assuming Taylor stays in place as the starter, that means we should see plenty of Baker Mayfield this preseason. If the Browns struggle during regular season play, it would also make sense for the team to make the move to Mayfield, as long as it isn't worried about hurting his confidence or setting him back in any way.
If there's anything that we've learned about Baker watching him at Oklahoma, it is that his confidence is not lacking. For now, it is unclear when we'll see him take meaningful NFL snaps, though.