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Browns QB Tyrod Taylor earns the starting job in Cleveland

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Head coach Hue Jackson made it clear early on that quarterback Tyrod Taylor would likely be the starter going into the 2018 NFL season. It appears Taylor has finally done his part by solidifying that notion in practice.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding the battle between him and rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. However, Jackson stated that Taylor has officially earned the starting job, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“He’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback here,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “I know it was given in the beginning, but he still had to do the things that were going to let him be the starting quarterback here, and he’s done that.”

Jackson’s designation should come as no surprise. Taylor has quickly established himself as a legitimate starting quarterback in this league after an impressive tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Not only does his versatile skill set make him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses but he has also displayed elite decision-making skills by taking care of the ball.

Regardless, there is still a belief that Taylor will serve as a stop-gap for whenever Mayfield is ready to take the reigns. After months of speculation, Cleveland decided to use their first overall pick on the former Heisman Trophy winner. That kind of investment calls for some immediate return from the player. However, it is clear that the Browns are going to take their time with Mayfield’s development while making sure that the team can potentially climb out of the rut they have been in for the last two seasons.