The case for Tyrod Taylor


On Friday Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey addressed the teams need for a veteran starting quarterback for the 2018 season. He sent the Browns 2018 third round pick (#65 overall) to the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor.

When going over the potential candidates for the Browns veteran starter in 2018 Taylor was not mentioned among the likes of A.J. McCarron, Sam Bradford and Josh McCown. The trade came as a bit of a surprise especially considering the compensation given to Buffalo.

Taylor gives the Browns a solid starting quarterback who has had success in the NFL. While he does not possess a big arm or great accuracy, Taylor is a steady and consistent quarterback who does not turn the ball over. In his last three seasons as the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills Taylor has only 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. He made the pro bowl in 2015 when he threw for over 3,000 yds with 24 touchdowns (20 passing) and only 6 interceptions while completing 64% of his passes.

Let’s take a look at the total passing stats the past three seasons for Tyrod Taylor versus the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks.

Tyrod Taylor 

Comp          Att          Cmp%          Yds          TD         INT          RTG        Record

774             1236          63%           8857         51           16           92.8         22-20

Cleveland Browns

Comp          Att          Cmp%          Yds          TD         INT          RTG        Record

1021            1750          58%         11386         50          54            74.0         4-44

As you can see by the numbers Taylor is a big upgrade from what the Browns have had at quarterback for the past three seasons.

Not only is he a threat in the pocket but he is also a threat out of the pocket as he is very adept at throwing on the run. He can burn you with his legs as he compiled 1,575 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns the past three seasons.

Taylor did not always have the best weapons around him in Buffalo. The Browns added one of the top wide receivers in the NFL in Jarvis Landry to go along with Josh Gordon. The Browns also have an up and coming tight end weapon in David Njoku as well as a great receiver out of the backfield in Duke Johnson. Receiver Corey Coleman has not lived up to expectations his first two seasons and may be traded before the draft. It is also rumored that the Browns will pursue Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson who is one of the top free agents available.

Putting a lot pf weapons around Taylor will only make him a better quarterback. At age 28 he is in the prime of his career. The bottom line on Taylor is he takes care of the ball and gives you a chance to win every week.





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