Cleveland Browns: 5 Players the season is riding on

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2. Tyrod Taylor, Quarterback

One of the more high-profile additions the offseason was former Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Cleveland got him from the Bills for a mere third-round pick, which is a steal for a guy who took a rather bleak offensive roster to the playoffs a season ago.

With the Browns adding Taylor, excitement for this season began to rise. Then his addition started to be thrown on the back burner. That happened because Baker Mayfield was taken at No. 1 overall out of Oklahoma and looks to be the future of the franchise.

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That made Taylor a bridge quarterback who should only be the starter for one season. That doesn’t mean that Taylor won’t be huge for their success in 2018, because he will be.

Cleveland’s additions can be huge if they’re used correctly. They could also be mitigated if there isn’t a competent quarterback under center running the offense and getting the ball where it needs to be. The veteran signal caller can do exactly that.

Taylor won’t be confused with a franchise quarterback, but he’s got the ability to run an offense. He has the respect of his teammates and makes hardly any mistakes with the ball. Him playing smart and clean makes him one of the most vital people to the success of the Browns in 2018.