TE Ryan Taylor - Cleveland Browns
|6-3, 244||Born: 11-15-1987||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 8: vs New York Jets
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The quarterback carousel is spinning in Cleveland again - at midweek it looks as if Josh McCown will be back in as the starting quarterback in the wake of Cody Kessler's concussion and Kevin Hogans zero TD, two interception stat line from last week at Cincinnati. Regarding Kessler, head coach Hue Jackson stated 'I don't want to take the fight out of him, but he also has to understand the situation he's in,' Jackson said on Tuesday, October 25. 'If you're not playing, then we're hurting the team,' McCown and tight end Gary Barnidge have a tight relationship, so if McCown is back in by this weekend Barnidge could have a solid outing. However, Kessler said earlier in the week that he 'might' be back from the concussion in time for Week Eight - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on which quarterback is taking first-team reps on Thursday and Friday. On the field last week, Barnidge was the only receiver over 22 yards on the day - he had seven targets for 6/66/0 receiving to his credit.
The Jets' pass defense is a shell of its' former self, currently averaging 282.7 net passing yards allowed per game (27th in the NFL) with 13 passing scores given out vs. four interceptions and 13 sacks generated (tied for 20th- and 18th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Last week the Jets did clamp down on Joe Flacco, though, holding him to 25/44 for 239 yards passing, zero TDs an two interceptions thrown. From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), the Jets have averaged 20 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (tied for 15th-least in the NFL); and 29.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-most); with 5.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (17th in the NFL). They've been mediocre at best during October.
This looks like a neutral matchup between teams looking for better answers at this stage of the season.
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