According to Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report, Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor is one of the players with the most pressure on them in Week 2
Heading into Week 2, the Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win since the 2016 season. We all know they ended their 17-game losing streak with a tie in Week 1, but that was still an encouraging game considering they overcame a 14-point deficit late.
This Sunday, it’s the New Orleans Saints on the schedule. Despite owning a 0-1 record, the Saints pose a tough challenge for everyone on the Browns.
Offensively, they’re a powerhouse team that put up 40 points in their loss. This means everyone on the defense — especially defensive coordinator Gregg Williams — needs to be on their ‘A-game.’
Even though this side of the ball will pose the most issues, the player with the most to lose comes from the Browns offense.
According to Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report, quarterback Tyrod Taylor enters this weekend under the most pressure. He has more to lose than anyone else on the team after completing just 37.5 percent of his passes in his Cleveland debut.
Nothing coming out of the Cleveland camp indicates Taylor is in trouble, and Moton touched on this by discussing the declaration from head coach Hue Jackson that Taylor is their guy under center. Even so, Taylor has to go out and prove Jackson is right to put his faith in the eighth-year quarterback.
"“Despite Jackson’s vote of confidence in Taylor, the NFL is a week-to-week league, especially for a quarterback who’s trying to hold off the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Against Pittsburgh, Taylor went 15-of-40 for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Though windy, wet weather likely hampered his production, the Steelers sacked him seven times as well.” — Moton, via Bleacher Report"
Jackson is adamant Taylor is the starter and he means it. The Browns believe the best course of action with Baker Mayfield is to sit him for his entire rookie season.
With that being said, this team is more talented than any in recent memory and Jackson has one win in 33 tries with the Browns. If Taylor does continue to struggle, it has to eventually cross his mind if the No. 1 pick can give the offense a shot in the arm.
Taylor owns a career record of 22-20-1. He’s the veteran quarterback the team wants leading them in 2018. According to Moton though, another lackluster performance in Week 2 could start to put that in jeopardy.
Cleveland has enough talent to win this season — especially on defense — so settling shouldn’t be an option. Taylor has to show he can win, because this team should be able to do that.