Tyrod Taylor doesn't buy into the 'bridge' QB talk.
The former Bills signal caller clearly has high hopes as he begins his career as a Brown and wants to prove he can help his new team win a championship.
"I don't necessarily view myself as a bridge quarterback. I'm a quarterback," Taylor said. "As far as a bridge, hopefully I'm helping 'bridge' this team to a Super Bowl."
The Browns gave up a third-round pick to bring Taylor over from Buffalo earlier this month, and he is widely viewed as being a bridge to their next long term starter. Cleveland owns the number one overall pick in 2018 draft and it seems increasingly likely they'll take one of the four top QB's available.
Bringing Taylor in allows them operate with a solid veteran starter throughout 2018, whilst grooming their QB of the future under him.
Head coach Hue Jackson announced Thursday during Taylor's introductory press conference that the former Pro Bowler would be the guy in Cleveland this season, saying: "He's going to be the starting quarterback. There is no competition.".
Taylor is used to the sceptics. Despite leading the Bills to their first playoff berth in 17 years, and putting up efficient numbers in a conservative passing offense over the past three seasons, they refused to commit to him in Buffalo.
The 28-year-old completed 62.6 percent of his passes, at 7.2 yards per attempt, threw 51 touchdowns to just 16 picks, posted a 92.5 passer rating, and rushed for 1,575 yards and 14 touchdowns in Buffalo from 2015-17.
He ends his Bills career as the all-time franchise leader in passer rating (92.5) and rushing yards by a quarterback. His 1575 yards on the ground over his Bills career are second most in the NFL during that time by a quarterback, only trailing Cam Newton (1,749).
Taylor wasn't exactly blessed with the most explosive weapons in the passing game in Buffalo. Nor was he operating in an offense that allowed him to show off his arm talent on a weekly basis.
He does have limitations in terms of downfield passing, but he is extremely accurate and could well benefit from playing in Hue Jackson's offense much like Andy Dalton did in Cincinnati.
Additionally, the Browns have one of the most talented receiving corps in the NFL heading into 2018. Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and Jarvis Landry make up a dangerous and versatile group of wideouts, and in Seth DeValve and David Njoku, Taylor will also have two capable young tight end targets.
Fellow new addition Carlos Hyde, and shifty fourth-year back Duke Johnson also give him pass catching options out of the backfield.
His new cast of receivers are far and away more reliable and explosive than his group in Buffalo, that's for sure.
Whilst it might be slightly ambitious to think the Browns can reach the Super Bowl this season, Taylor could well play himself into another starting gig with a strong showing in 2018.
He certainly represents their most solid starting QB in recent memory and it would be a shock to see him fail entirely, however, it's not likely he gets the chance to lead them past this season.
No matter which QB Cleveland takes in the draft, there will be lofty expectations that he start in the coming year at some point. Taylor may not want to be a bridge to the next generation, but at the end of the day that's likely what he will be.
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