According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield “did not look ready to compete” with Tyrod Taylor for the Browns’ starting quarterback job at OTAs and minicamp. Taylor is also reportedly meshing well with his new teammates, being labeled by OC Todd Haley as the “clear leader of this team.” Taylor ultimately seems to have gained some serious leash on the starting gig — at least through the Week 11 bye, if not the entire season — giving him the controls to a potential sneaky juggernaut.
Despite being the most “pro-ready” QB option, Mayfield is reportedly falling fast behind Taylor, who’s contrastingly excelling early on in Cleveland. In fact, one AFC Scout predicts Taylor’s leash will extend not only through all of 2018, but years beyond. Considering this gig comes with the benefits of Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry on the outside, a strong offensive line for protection, and a powerful stable of RBs, Taylor’s QB1 potential feels far more stable with this higher starting floor. Moreover, his new QB coach — Ken Zampese — thinks Tyrod’s ceiling is only just starting to be realized: “Tyrod’s just hitting his stride. This is his fourth year starting in the NFL. He’s just coming into his own and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We haven’t seen the best from him.” Taylor has excellent traits with a strong arm, excellent decision-making, and mobility for Todd Haley — one of the games brightest offensive minds — to play with. Expect some fireworks, and an insane return on Taylor’s QB27, 196 overall price.