The Redskins’ 2018 schedule is loaded with intriguing matchups against teams from the NFC South and AFC South in addition to Washington’s NFC East rivals.
For Washington to compete for a spot in the NFC playoffs this season, they’ll need to navigate a schedule full of strong contenders. The good news for the Redskins: Several of those contenders will have to travel to Washington.
“Tyrod Taylor is going to be our starting QB, first and foremost. It’s understood by Baker that he has to come in and learn the NFL game,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said after Mayfield’s selection, adding, “We will do everything we can to put him in the best position to play.”
Mayfield said he respects the fact that Taylor is the starter.
“That’s a veteran that’s been in the league, that’s a guy I can learn from,” he said. “I want to be the guy who comes in and helps change the culture of the locker room. I’m going to be myself and let the rest take care of itself.”
The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002, which is the longest active drought in the NFL. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have had 28 different starting quarterbacks — the most in the league during that span.
“Well, let me say it this way — we are still battling on all fronts, on all guys — we are still (looking) at guys and evaluating. There’s free agents that we continue to look at. In that, the process just continues. At this point, we’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are.”
Kaepernick was invited to work out in Seattle earlier this month, but the team reportedly decided to hold off on the visit when the former 49ers quarterback would not promise to stop kneeling during the national anthem. The Seahawks added fuel to the fire when they signed Morris, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the next day.
“I think that kind of — that got blown up, you know, like that was a big marker,” Carroll added. “I think we’ve been working at this for some time now so I don’t think that’s really as telling as it came across. So we’re real aware of (Kaepernick) and he’s a fine football player and there may be a place. We’re not sure about where that fits yet.
“I think he’s continuing to work on the stuff that’s really important to his heart. That’s what it looks like. He’s been recognized with an award just recently. Everything is important. We take everything into account to make the decisions that we make. It’s no different for the QB spot than any other spot we are considering.”