Tyrod Taylor using trade from Bills as motivation for this year

Taylor focused on preparation for season, not preseason meeting v old team

Daryl Ruiter
August 14, 2018 - 2:44 pm
leveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Tyrod Taylor does not want Friday night’s preseason game to be about him or the fact the Buffalo Bills traded him to the Cleveland Browns.

Don’t be mistaken, he hasn’t forgotten.

“I think each year has its own way of motivating itself,” Taylor said. “But definitely how I think it ended there, it’s motivation for this year, not necessarily for this game, but…this year.”

The Browns acquired Taylor officially on March 14 from Buffalo after the trade was agreed to on the 9th for their top third-round selection – the 65th pick in the draft.

Taylor helped end the Bills’ 17-year playoff drought with a wild card berth despite being benched – albeit briefly – in 2017.

While Taylor is motivated by the trade, he holds no grudges.

Some would say poetic justice would be for Taylor and the Browns, who now own the longest playoff drought in the league as it enters its 16th year, to face the Bills in January.

“I have nothing to hold my head about in my time in Buffalo,” Taylor said. “It was a progression from a players’ standpoint each and every year, but of course why would I not want to beat that team in the playoffs if it comes down to that?”

While the story-lines this week will be centered around Taylor and his departure from the Bills – as well as the Browns trading 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman to Buffalo 9 days ago – Taylor is keeping his focus on his preparation for the upcoming season.

After all, it’s a preseason game.

“This game isn’t about them nor just me or our relationship,” Taylor said. “It’s about us taking another step, getting better. It’s Week 2 of the preseason and you want to see growth at every position and in all phases from the first week, so that’s more so what this game is about.”

Taylor hasn’t shown an ounce of animosity towards Buffalo for the trade, just gratitude.

Originally selected by Baltimore in the sixth round – No. 180 overall – in the 2011 NFL Draft, Taylor signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent in 2015 where he started 44 of 59 games he appeared in and completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 8,857 yards with 51 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions.  

Taylor has run for 1,575 yards since 2015 – the second most rushing yardage for a quarterback and Bills franchise record.

“When I walked into Buffalo a lot of people really didn’t know my name and I was able to win the starting job and I was able to, as I left, was able to break the 17-year playoff drought,” Taylor said. “There was a lot that was accomplished in those years and I was thankful for those opportunities, but moreso glad for the opportunity that I have here.”