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Taylor remains Browns' starting quarterback

16 September 2018

Part of that, Jackson said, is predicated on Cleveland's receivers being in the right place at the right time.

The Cleveland Browns put forth an encouraging performance in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers forcing a 21-21 tie. "I know the gameplan". I have all of the confidence in the world that we can do that moving forward. I saw it just like you did.

Just as baffling was that Gordon did not play the rest of the first series or the entire second series - perhaps a delayed penalty.

"The sentiment I'm getting here is [the problem was] him", Jackson said. The game will be played inside a dome, so Taylor should have a better passing game.

Taylor, though, looked uncomfortable in the pocket and had poor ball placement on some crucial throws against the Steelers. The veteran quarterback is confident the Browns offense can be kick started after just one additional week of practice.

"It is not just him", Jackson said. "He underthrew some balls". Does he have to do his job better?

Gordon caught one pass for 17 yards in the Browns' opener. Taylor took seven sacks for 47 lost yards, was hit several more times and carried a 51.8 quarterback rating in his first start with the Browns, who acquired him in a trade with the Buffalo Bills back in March. "Josh, when he's going like we know he can, he has an opportunity to make plays".

But if the Browns aren't happy with their quarterback, they will have a long weekend to contemplate changes after their September 20 Thursday night game against the New York Jets, whose rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick, led them to a 48-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

It may just be a matter of the former Pro Bowler getting his feet under him as he had missed nearly all of training camp to focus on his sobriety and keeping his personal life in order.

Gordon hadn't finished a game with only one reception since December 23, 2012, when, as a rookie, he caught one pass for 7 yards in a 34-12 loss on the road against the Denver Broncos.

Harrison showed he has the athleticism to handle speed on the edge in pass protection.

According to, Harrison allowed six of the 12 pressures on Taylor for which the offensive line was responsible.

Taylor remains Browns' starting quarterback