Baker Mayfield takes over as Browns' starting QB

Baker Mayfield is the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, coach Hue Jackson announced to reporters following practice on Monday.

The announcement confirmed what already seemed to be a foregone conclusion after Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor last Thursday against the New York Jets and led the Browns (1-1-1) to a come-from-behind win -- the team's first in 635 days.

"I informed the group this morning that we're going to start Baker Mayfield, and Tyrod will be the backup if healthy," Jackson said.

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Mayfield made his NFL debut on Thursday when he relieved Taylor, who sustained a concussion. The rookie rallied the Browns from a 14-point deficit to beat the Jets 21-17 in front of a frenzied home crowd at FirstEnergy Stadium. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards in a little over one half of work.

Jackson said Taylor remains in the concussion protocol but could be cleared to serve as Mayfield's backup on Sunday when the Browns travel to Oakland to meet the winless Raiders.

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Jarvis Landry #80 and Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns look on during the National Anthem prior to the game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Cleveland Browns reacts after being hit during the first quarter agains the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: A Cleveland Browns fan looks on during the first quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Cleveland Browns fans celebrate after a Browns touchdown during the third quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on September 20, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated New York 21-17. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) catches a pass for a two-point conversion during the third quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after making a catch on a two-point conversion attempt during the third quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a 21-17 win over the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns runs off the field after a 21-17 win over the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Carlos Hyde #34 celebrates his touchdown with Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: A Cleveland Browns fan is near tears after the Browns scored ago take the lead during the fourth quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on September 20, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated New York 21-17. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Cleveland Browns fans celebrate as the seconds tick off the clock during the fourth quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on September 20, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated New York 21-17. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman Trophy last season at Oklahoma.

"Baker understands there's still a lot of work to do," Jackson said. "Now the other added pressure of being out there first is there. But I think he can handle it. He's demonstrated that."

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