Ohio — The Cleveland Browns hoped they found a leader for a franchise in desperate need of one when they made a trade with the Buffalo Bills for veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor this offseason.
When asked what impressed him about training camp, Browns coach Hue Jackson singled out his new starting quarterback.
“I would be remiss if I did not say Tyrod Taylor and what he has done on this football team since the day that he walked in the building at practice, his leadership, how he has conducted himself here and trying to do everything he can to get this organization winning,” Jackson said.
The two-time Pro Bowler showed right away the kind of leader he was going to be. He coordinated a trip to California for some offensive players to meet following the June veteran minicamp so they could bond and work on team chemistry ahead of training camp.china nike nfl jerseys cheap
“I know the offseason, especially before training camp, is a time you can get around your family before you get back to the grind,” Taylor said. “But I thought it was necessary for us to get together especially with a new team and a new scheme.”
Gathering the offense together before training camp was something Taylor had learned from his time in Buffalo. Another thing Taylor brought was the ability to handle changes to the wide receiver group, something the Browns have had to deal with as the season approaches.
Not only did the Browns lose Josh Gordon before training camp began (he has since returned after receiving help for his mental health), but they also traded Corey Coleman to Buffalo in the middle of training camp. But Taylor knew what to do because the Bills last season traded Sammy Watkins during training camp and also acquired Jordan Matthews on the same day.
“It is not something that you want to go through, but at the same time, it is the nature of the business,” Taylor said. “You understand that things happen. That is why we always say next guy up or next man up mentality and I think guys have stepped up to the opportunity, went out and competed and are still doing it.”
Taylor has shown leadership just by the way he conducts himself every day, and that’s a welcome sight for a franchise that has had 28 different starting quarterbacks since 1999 and traded all three of its QBs who played last season in DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china
“Tyrod sets the bar for consistency, there is no doubt about it,” Browns quarterback coach Ken Zampese said. “There is no man more consistent than him when he gets here. The bar is set very high. It’s fantastic.”