The Cleveland Browns are making a lot of changes from the 2017 season in preparation for the 2018 season, both on the roster and in the front office. The most notable change has been the hire of John Dorsey as the general manager. He has been the key to making all of the roster changes that have occurred so far. One of the most notable changes that Dorsey has made is at the quarterback position.
Cleveland has endured almost 20 years of a quarterback controversy and changes in their search for a franchise quarterback. Dorsey traded away DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, all three quarterbacks on the roster for the Browns in 2017. Acquiring Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills and Drew Stanton from the Arizona Cardinals, Dorsey has acquired the proper veteran experience needed to help a rookie quarterback acclimate to the pace and style of play of the NFL. That veteran presence was noticeably absent in during Kizer’s rookie season in 2017 when the Browns went 0-16. Kessler and Hogan were the veteran presence for Kizer, combining for two years of NFL experience between them as they were both rookies themselves in the 2016 season.
Taylor and Stanton bring a combined 20 years of NFL experience to Cleveland to help Baker Mayfield, the first-overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft acclimate to the NFL in hopes of being the franchise quarterback for the Browns for the foreseeable future. Dorsey’s plan has been to sit the rookie quarterback for the entire 2018 season in order to learn and adjust to the NFL. Head coach Hue Jackson has even stated that Taylor is the starter for 2018. That will leave Stanton to be the voice for Mayfield to listen to and let look over his shoulder to learn. However, there appears to be a bit of a bump in the road.