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Taylor Must Play Better Following Sunday's Tie

16 September 2018

Hue Jackson told reporters after Cleveland's 21-21 tie with the Steelers Sunday wide receiver Josh Gordon was not supposed to start.

But after the Browns forced a Pittsburgh punt and began a drive at their 36, Gordon was lined up to the far left before Taylor dropped back to pass before scrambling for a 6-yard gain.

"What we can do is move forward, and we got to put the ball in our guys' hands this week, and give them an opportunity to make plays, " he said.

All that is left is for him to take advantage of the opportunity in front of him on the field to showcase his superstar talent while helping the Browns achieve much success. We have to play better as an offensive unit.

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Jackson stiffened when he was asked what kind of leash he intends to have on Taylor, who was acquired in March from Buffalo and will start until the Browns feel the No. 1 overall pick Mayfield is ready.

Reminded of Taylor's 15-of-40 completion rate, Jackson said, "Not good enough, but it's not all on him". Does he have to do his job better? Yes. Jackson said he was putting his foot down, and Gordon would not get any preferential treatment.

"When you get hit up a few times it becomes a little different", Jackson said.

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.

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Meanwhile, Taylor has proven to be a capable quarterback that can lead a team to the playoffs. Jackson said the third-year defender "may miss some time" with the injury. "Not what I wanted, but we will get through that, too".

And although Jackson talked about keeping Gordon on a "pitch count" because he hadn't played in any of the four preseason games and was just coming off a hamstring issue, he ended up playing 69 snaps, second only to Jarvis Landry (81) among Cleveland's receivers.

The miscommunication involved the play the Browns used to open the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The biggest jump for most teams is after that first week", Gordon said before Wednesday's practice, "and for us, we've got to take off in a big way."

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Taylor and Gordon each had one of their least productive outings this past weekend.

Taylor Must Play Better Following Sunday's Tie