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QB Tyrod Taylor - Cleveland Browns

6-1, 217Born: 8-3-1989College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 6, pick 2011

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Week 15: at Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Good matchup. Baker Mayfield has excelled since the Browns fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley and elevated Freddie Kitchens to offensive coordinator. Over the past five weeks, Mayfield has completed 73.2% of his passes, averaged 281 passing yards per game, and thrown 11 touch-downs against 4 interceptions. He has shown tremendous pocket presence and downfield accuracy, emerging as one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the league. Since the coaching change, the Browns offense has been run-heavy in wins. Mayfield averaged just 22.3 passers per game in wins over Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Carolina. However, in the two losses, Mayfield averaged 42.5 attempts. Jarvis Landry has been especially impacted by the differing game scripts. In the three wins, he saw just 4.6 targets per game while seeing 8.0 in the two losses. Cleveland is a road underdog against Denver and may be forced into a more pass-heavy offensive approach this week. Denver has struggled mightily against the pass in recent weeks. The Broncos allowed back-to-back 400-yard games to Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger in Weeks 11 and 12 and have not improved since then as over the past two weeks, they've allowed unheralded backups, Jeff Driskel and Nick Mullens, to throw for 236 and 332 yards, respectively. The Broncos have the league's best pass rushing duo in defensive ends Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Denver ranks 7th-best in the league in sack rate almost entirely due to the two ends as Miller has 13.5 sacks while Chubb has 12.0. The cornerbacks have been susceptible to the big play, which is a big reason why Denver has allowed the 7th-most passing yards (264 per game), and the recent loss of their best cornerback Chris Harris has not helped matters. Of the 31 touchdowns, the Broncos defense has allowed this season, 23 have come through the air. Denver will have its hands full against Baker Mayfield and the improving pass offense of the Browns.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Tyrod Taylor's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 3 vs NYJ (4 / 14 / 19 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)

Taylor took a big step back in Thursday night's game against the Jets. Just four days after he played well against the Saints, the veteran quarterback played poorly against the Jets. All six of Taylor's offensive series ended in punts. Taylor struggled with his accuracy, took several big hits, and was sacked three times. He can't be blamed for all of the sacks as his offensive line was allowing defenders to get to him untouched throughout the first half. It came down to New York aggressively sending defenders after Taylor and daring him to beat them with his arm. He did rip off a 22-yard rush on the second drive where he did well to escape the pass rush. That was followed by a flea flicker which Taylor under threw to Jarvis Landry. He did take an end zone shot to Antonio Callaway on the drive which could have resulted in a touchdown. Callaway was tackled by a defender while the ball was in the air, but no interference flag was thrown, despite protests from the Browns and the home crowd. At the beginning of the second quarter, Taylor had Callaway wide open down the field but the ball was underthrown again. A better pass could have resulted in a score. On Taylor's final offensive series, he took a big hit and came up grabbing at his back. He then took a sack on third down where you could see his head hit the turf. He was removed from the game and later announced out with a concussion. Taylor is expected to be the team's backup to Baker Mayfield in Week 4 and going forward.

2018 Week 2 vs NO (22 / 30 / 246 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)

Taylor played much better in Week 2 after completing just 38% of his passes in a Week 1 tie. The Browns came out early in ball-control mode, running frequently in the first quarter to keep the ball away from Drew Brees. Taylor wasn't asked to pass much at the start, with his longest pass in the first quarter going for just seven yards. Cleveland opened up the offense a bit in the second quarter with Taylor overthrowing an open David Njoku on a deep pass down the left sideline. On the second drive of the second quarter, Taylor started completing some deeper passes, completing passes of nine, 14, and 22 yards. Taylor is normally known for his rushing ability but he didn't attempt a rush until the first drive of the third quarter. On the play, he picked up eight yards on a keeper and had a chance to slide but pivoted left instead, taking a big hit from a defender in the process. He got the Browns down to the Saints' one-yard line on that drive. He dropped back to pass once at the goal line but no one was able to get open so he wound up rolling right before losing one yard on a sack. Taylor came alive in the fourth quarter, connecting on several clutch throws to give the Browns a chance to win. It wasn't all good, however, as he threw an interception from his own 30-yard line, putting the Saints in scoring position which eventually lead to a New Orleans touchdown. Taylor did bounce back, throwing a beautiful deep ball to Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard touchdown. Taylor put the ball in the perfect spot in the end zone, which allowed Callaway to run underneath it for the score. On the final drive, Taylor completed two clutch passes to get the Browns into position to attempt a potential game-tying field goal, which was missed. Taylor played well enough to give his team a chance to win.

2018 Week 1 vs PIT (15 / 40 / 197 / 1 / 1 pass, 8 / 77 / 1 rush)

Taylor was uncharacteristically inaccurate in this game, missing receivers high, low, and to the side repeatedly on makeable throws. He took a big hit, which resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty, at the end of the second drive of the game. He came up holding his arm awkwardly, which may have contributed to his struggles. The rainy weather didn't help either as Taylor doesn't have a big arm. He threw several passes that floated and others that were too short, causing receivers to adjust their routes to make the reception. At one point in the second half, Taylor threw nine-straight incompletions. Taylor made up for his passing struggles by dominating on the ground. He wound up as the Browns' leading rusher in the game and his 20-yard touchdown run got his team on the board for their first score. Taylor ran over a defender who tried to tackle him low at the goal line to power his way into the end zone. Taylor had one interception in the second quarter nullified by a defensive holding penalty. His interception that stood was a back-breaker as he tried to throw a jump ball to Josh Gordon from Pittsburgh's 43-yard line toward the end of the fourth quarter. The ball was badly underthrown and resulted in an easy interception for the defense. Earlier in the quarter, Taylor did find Josh Gordon for a touchdown in the game, putting the ball just high enough to be out of the defender's reach right at the goal line. Outside of those two plays, Taylor mostly ignored Gordon in the game.

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Schedule

15@ Denver Broncos
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Baltimore Ravens