Tyrod Taylor is trying his best to stay positive.
The 29-year-old quarterback suffered an injury in the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Jets and was replaced as the team’s starter by rookie Baker Mayfield. Taylor, who has not appeared in a game since, discussed his role as Cleveland’s backup with reporters Wednesday.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s a part of the game at the same time,” Taylor said ( via Cleveland.com ). “Eight years in, you understand some things happen that you can’t control. Not wanting to complain, just got to continue to keep being myself day in and day out. Continue to be a leader and help the team in any way.”
The Browns registered a 1-1-1 record in Taylor’s starts before he was benched in favor of Mayfield. He completed 48.8 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns along with two interceptions.
Taylor said he is “very confident” he is still a winning quarterback.
“I think I did enough each and every week to put the team in a winning position,” Taylor said. “I definitely think that I’ve shown a bunch but, at the same time, it’s still early.
“I know who I am as a player, whether … anyone agrees, that doesn’t necessarily matter to me. I know, when given opportunity, what I can do with the football in my hands.”
But, Taylor said he’s not planning to request a trade out of Cleveland.
“I love to compete, want to be out there playing but I haven’t thought about (other) opportunities,” Taylor said. “It really hasn’t been part of my mindset. Just more so just focusing on getting better each and every day.
“I’ll just continue to keep my head down and continue to keep working … helping the team.”
Mayfield has tallied four touchdowns and five interceptions in his three starts.
The Browns will face the Buccaneers in Week 7 action Sunday.