Taylor completed 22 of 30 passes for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints. He also accounted for 26 yards on the ground. It was a quiet and uninspiring game for Taylor until he found rookie wideout Antonio Callaway -- who started for the recently released Josh Gordon (hamstring) -- for a 42-yard touchdown in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to boost his stats. The former Bills' signal-caller did a nice job spreading the ball around, connecting with seven different pass catchers while targeting Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and David Njoku seven times apiece. Taylor and the rest of Cleveland's offense will look to right the ship against the Jets on Thursday.
Taylor completed 15 of 39 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 21-21 tie with the Steelers. He also rushed for a team-high 77 yards and a score on eight carries. The weather in Cleveland wasn't ideal, as it rained for the majority of the contest, stifling both teams' offenses and contributing to Taylor's low percentage of completed passes. He did, however, make a significant impact with his feet and also found Josh Gordon for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Additionally, the veteran quarterback and Jarvis Landry showed a strong rapport in their first game together, connecting seven times for 106 yards on a whopping 15 targets. Taylor will look to exploit a Saints defense in Week 2 that just allowed 48 points to the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers.
Taylor isn't listed on Cleveland's initial injury report ahead of Sunday's opener against Pittsburgh, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Taylor had a bit of a scare when he took an awkward fall on his non-throwing hand during Cleveland's third preseason game. He was ultimately diagnosed with a sore wrist and a dislocated pinkie finger, with head coach Hue Jackson maintaining all along that neither injury presented a threat to Taylor's status as the team's starting quarterback in Week 1. Taylor will have his full array of weapons to open the season, though Josh Gordon (hamstring) will be eased into action with a limited snap count.
Taylor practiced Saturday with his left hand wrapped, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. In the aftermath of Thursday's preseason win against the Eagles, Taylor was diagnosed with a sore wrist and dislocated pinky finger in his left hand, the result of an awkward fall. He was steadfast in his belief that he wouldn't miss practice, which came to pass Saturday. Due to the state of the hand, Taylor will almost certainly have limitations on his workload but doesn't appear as if he'll miss any regular-season games.
Taylor, who is dealing with a sore left wrist, also suffered a dislocated pinky during Thursday night's preseason game against the Eagles, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Initial X-rays on the QB's hand/wrist area came up negative, but Taylor still has further exams on tap. For now, the Browns expect Taylor to be okay after Thursday's injury scare, a notion supported by the fact that signal-caller re-entered the contest.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/21||New York Jets||8||16.50|
|6||10/14||Los Angeles Chargers||25||26.00|
|7||10/21||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||27.00|
|9||11/04||Kansas City Chiefs||32||39.50|
|3 Year Avg||62.6||2952||17||5||525||5||295|