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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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General News (Thu Oct 18): has not been discussed in potential trades, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Week 7: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Great matchup. Baker Mayfield suffered an ankle injury early in the game last week which really bothered him for most of the game. While he says he will be fine, the issues showed up for the Browns for the first time that there are cracks in the armor of their passing game after a tremendous performance the week before against a tough Baltimore team. The issue for the Browns is the lack of receiving talent that they have on the team as their receiving group has lost three players so far from the opening day roster including Josh Gordon, Rashard Higgins and Derrick Willies. While not a unit that was overly deep to begin with, the Browns had expected Antonio Callaway to be further along than where he is at this point in the season as he still looks like a rookie that is not ready to be anything other than a deep threat. Jarvis Landry can only do so much, and we have seen David Njoku and Duke Johnson start to become more of a focal point of this offense which should lead to fantasy production this week. This game will show us everything we need to know about the Browns going forward as they could not have an easier matchup than they do this week going up against a Buccaneers secondary that is on pace to shatter records for most passing yards given up as they have allowed 355 net passing yards and 366 total passing yards per week. This is a unit that is led by 35-year-old Brent Grimes who is on his last legs of his career and is leading a unit that has very little behind him in young players Ryan Smith and rookie M.J. Stewart who have both struggled as well. They have been susceptible to the pass against running backs as they are allowing 67 yards receiving to the running backs each week which could set up for a big Duke Johnson week if the Browns get him more involved. All in all, if the Browns struggle to throw the ball this week, it may be time to be concerned about Mayfield.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
3 vs NYJ 31 4 14 19 0 0 4 22 0 0 3.15
7 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

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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Latest News

Browns | Tyrod Taylor not on the block? (Thu Oct 18, 01:32 AM) - Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor has not been discussed in potential trades, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

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Browns | Week 5 injury report for Cleveland (Fri Oct 5, 02:44 PM) - Cleveland Browns LB James Burgess (knee) did not participate in practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. LB Christian Kirksey (illness) did not practice Friday, Oct. 5, and is listed as questionable. S Damarious Randall (heel) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday and is also listed as questionable. WR Antonio Callaway (knee), DL Trevon Coley (wrist), DE Myles Garrett (wrist), WR Jarvis Landry (knee) and QB Tyrod Taylor (back) each practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Schedule

7@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Denver Broncos
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Baltimore Ravens