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Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

BEREA, Ohio – Tyrod’s time is up, as the Browns are going with their number one pick.

Monday, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson named Baker Mayfield the team’s starting quarterback. The announcement comes days after the rookie rallied his team to a dramatic 21-17 victory against the Jets.

Former starter Tyrod Taylor, the Hampton native and former Virginia Tech standout whom Cleveland acquired in a trade with Buffalo in March, left Thursday’s loss with a concussion in the second quarter. He was named the team’s starter March 15 after three seasons with the Bills.

Tyrod Taylor of the Cleveland Browns celebrates. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Taylor’s season stats: 41-of-84, 462 yards, 2 passing TD, 2 interceptions.

According to, Mayfield will be Cleveland’s 30th starting quarterback since 1999. Cleveland (1-1-1 on the season) plays at Oakland Sunday.


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