Tyrod Taylor leading by example, early returns on new-look offense positive
Five things to know about Day 2 of the Browns’ OTAs, which were open to the news media…
1. It’s been roughly two months since Browns quarterback
Taylor, who spent the past three seasons with Buffalo and helped the Bills snap a 17-year playoff drought last season, said it’s an ongoing process “but the more you show leadership on the field and in the locker room even in the weight room and in the building, the easier it is that you grab everyone and let them know you’re the leader.”
Taylor, 28, brings a track record of production and winning to Cleveland. Since joining the team, Browns coach Hue Jackson has made clear Taylor is their starting quarterback.
2. Another new face to the team’s locker room is wide receiver
“Of course not. My goal is to eventually be No. 1,” Landry said with a wide smile. “Honestly, it’s an honor to be recognized among all of the top players in this league, to be recognized in the top 100, but I think for any competitor … I know me, I want to be first.”
Landry should emerge as one of Taylor’s top targets next fall along with wide receiver
3. The early returns on Cleveland’s new-look offense seem to be positive. After finishing with one of the league’s worst units last season, Jackson tabbed offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who spent the past six years with the Steelers, to turn around a group now brimming with young talent. “It’s a player-driven offense and I believe we have the weapons and talent on the offensive side of the ball to make explosive ways,” Taylor said. “It allows everyone to be free.”
“The main thing out of Coach Haley is get the guys the ball, get the playmakers the ball,” Landry added. “This offense does that.”
4. Second-year safety
Peppers, the 25th overall pick in 2017, is expected to play strong safety for Cleveland next season but will do whatever the coaching staff needs of him. He’s eager to see what a new-look secondary can do in his second year. “There’s a lot more speed out there with the acquisition of everybody,” he said.
Johnson, a third-round pick in 2015, is the longest-tenured member of a backfield that added