"We can keep writing this narrative, Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won't change". He has a lot of characteristics that we love. That's why he's here. I got his number and talked to him and bounced a lot of things off of him. In 2001, one of the weakest quarterback classes of the past 20 years, Brees still couldn't crack the first round, even after Mike Vick went No. 1 overall to the Falcons. Taylor is a solid player, and if comes to keeping him, instead of picking up a sixth- or seventh-round pick, so be it. After all, the Browns needed a running back, and they already wasted a second-round pick on quarterback Deshone Kizer previous year.
"If you're playing the Bengals and Steelers for one-quarter of your schedule every year, you have to be concerned with those two receivers".
"I've got to continue my strengths, and leadership is one of them", he said.
The Browns are high on Mayfield showing enough to be their starting quarterback at some point in the near future.
The defensive back out of Ohio State is expected to be a starter on defense and his welcome into the NFL won't be a cake-walk; he'll face Antonio Brown of the Steelers, Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints and Terrelle Pryor of the New York Jets in his first three games in the league.
Besides, Mayfield's already impressing the Browns, even if he hasn't been flawless. "That's why he's here", said Jackson. "He made some really good throws. It is about being a good football player".
"But he's very brash and we've seen some of the things that can rub people the wrong way". Can't have the ball on the ground as much. When you get used to somebody new, we've got to make sure we're not having to worry about that.
Mayfield looked more comfortable when plays started with him in the shotgun, which is no surprise since he was in the shotgun at Oklahoma.