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, throwing touchdown passes and seeing die-hard fans standing in snow at Buffalo's airport on New Year's Eve to celebrate the end of a 17-year playoff drought.His three years with the Bills were special, filled with long-lasting memories.His exit wasn't.Traded to Cleveland in March for a third-round draft pick (No. 65 overall), Taylor said Tuesday that he holds no bitterness toward the Bills, but that the team's decision to part ways with him is fueling his desire to deliver for the Browns.It's driving him."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."Coming off a "perfect" performance in his preseason debut for the Browns last week, Taylor, who has quickly established himself as a leader in Cleveland, will face his former teammates for the first time Friday night when the Bills visit in the second exhibition for both teams.Taylor made it clear that there's no resentment and that his focus this week, and every week, is on improving the Browns — not paying back the Bills."I'm looking forward to Week 2 of the preseason," Taylor said. "I'm not going to make this about me or Buffalo. It's an opportunity for us to get better as a team, an opportunity for me to get better as a player."While that's honorable, Taylor reiterated that if somewhere down the line the Browns and Bills ever matched up in the postseason, he'd love to show Buffalo what it's missing."I wouldn't say it was painful," Taylor said of being dealt by the Bills. "I have nothing to hold (hang) my head about in my time in Buffalo. 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?"I'm always excited to compete. But I know those guys, played against those guys, the majority of those guys for the past three years, some new players and I'd love to play against those guys."It didn't take long for the 29-year-old Taylor to ingratiate himself to the Browns. He has set an example on and off the field, whether arriving at 5 a.m. to get in an early morning workout or staying late to break down film.It's the only way Taylor knows, and he's having a strong influence on rookie Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick who will one day supplant him as Cleveland's starter.Mayfield said Taylor is showing him how to be a professional."Just the work ethic and everything he brings to the table every day http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/lorenzo-alexander-jersey-authentic
," Mayfield said, when asked about Taylor's standards. "It's the same every day. You hear (offensive coordinator) coach (Todd) Haley talk about 'not being a yo-yo guy. You want to be consistent,' and Ty really, really is the example of that."He's the same guy every day. You know exactly what you're going to get out of him, and that's important for our guys to see that. They see the standard. They see the expectations, and he lives up to it every day."Taylor set a high bar for himself last week by recording a perfect 158.3 rating in two series against the New York Giants. He completed 5 of 5 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown before turning the offense over to Mayfield, who shined in his NFL preseason debut.Mayfield's performance prompted a push — locally and nationally — for the Browns to start the Heisman Trophy winner over Taylor.But while there's noise outside the Browns, Taylor's world is tranquil."I really don't hear those comments," he said. "I've always been focused on myself. Like I said from Day One, I'm in competition with myself and how can I make myself better each and every day and I'm going to keep having that mindset and push myself to be the best player I can be."NOTES: Tempers flared during practice, which featured three fights, including one involving Pro Bowl WR Jarvis Landry and starting CB Terrence Mitchell. As Landry rolled on the ground following a catch, Mitchell went over the top of him and hit the receiver's back. Landry popped up and slammed the ball of Mitchell's helmet before they grabbed each other's facemasks. Coach Hue Jackson chalked the skirmishes up to the dog days of camp. "This is football. We have been going after it," Jackson said. "It is not something that we want. We are men. Guys know as long as we do not start swinging with our fists and we let it go, we can move on from it." ... Former Ohio State DT Jonathan Hankins is scheduled to work out for the Browns on Wednesday. He previously played for the Giants and Colts.Video analysis: How the Cleveland Browns ran through the Buffalo Bills defense After a strong first effort, the Buffalo Bills defense hoped to parlay that success into another great performance in their second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Instead, they were knocked off their feet like a boxer who didn’t see the counter coming. Cleveland’s opening drive was a systematic march downfield, moving 66 yards on nine plays and ending in a Browns touchdown. How did Cleveland beat Buffalo’s defense? Let’s turn to the tape.Motion catches the Bills off-guardThe Browns are no longer relying on Hue Jackson to call plays, hiring offensive coordinator (and former Chiefs head coach) Todd Haley this season. Haley brought his effective, creative pro-style offense to Cleveland, featuring tempo shifts and tricky pre- and post-snap motion. The Bills didn’t gameplan for this (they didn’t necessarily need to; it’s preseason), and it caught them off guard.On this first play, Tremaine Edmunds is the victim of Cleveland’s playcall. He’s reading between the guards to the running back. If he sees the guard turn and open a gap http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/charles-clay-jersey-authentic
, it’s his job to shoot the gap and make the tackle. If the guard is pulling, he might follow the blocker and seal the edge.The problem is, Cleveland pulled a tackle. Tackle pulls are rarer than guard pulls, and Edmunds misses this entirely. He jumps into a gap in the middle of the play, but the tackle hits Matt Milano and opens a gap off the left side for Carlos Hyde.On the next play we can see the effect that Cleveland’s motion can have on Buffalo’s front. Every defender is responsible for a gap between two linemen. His job is to seal that gap and close the space where the runner could go. At the snap, Cleveland pulls a tight end across the formation. You can see Milano pointing frantically that the tight end is moving - this means that he, Edmunds, and Lorenzo Alexander need to be shifting to the defensive right in order to keep their gaps covered. If they don’t, there’s a hole with one extra blocker off the defensive right side. Actually, it would be two extra blockers, as a receiver follows in orbit motion behind the tight end. So they need to block these gaps.When they do that, there’s a massive hole on the left side of the defense. No blocker, but a hole. You can see Jordan Poyer onscreen, and you can see the cornerback following the receiver in man coverage. Poyer takes a false step inside, following the motion of the play, and that’s all it takes to lose containment. In Buffalo’s defense, the safeties are frequently asked to make tackles in the running game. Poyer’s hesitation and the space created by Cleveland’s motion leads to a major gain.Tyrod Taylor threw an incomplete pass after that, but the next play was another big run. This one was a combo of impressive performances by Jarvis Landry and Duke Johnson. As the Bills close inside, Johnson squirts between Milano and Edmunds to reach the second level. We don’t have a great end zone angle on this one, but it looks like Edmunds could’ve tacked a little further left to seal the gap that Johnson ran through.At the second level, Landry does a great job bench pressing Taron Johnson out of the way, and Duke Johnson bursts ahead for the first down.After a medium run, the Browns caught Buffalo’s defense sleeping. Taylor sells the play action fake http://www.billsfootballauthentics.com/phillip-gaines-jersey-authentic
, Cleveland pulls a guard, and all of Buffalo’s linebackers are thinking “RUN”. Instead, it’s Taylor’s bread and butter, a bootleg pass. Darren Fells chips the defensive end and spins out into the flat for an easy first down.The Bills stopped Hyde for a one-yard loss on first and goal, but on second and goal another good play design leads to the touchdown. Tre’Davious White is in man coverage on the iso receiver, and Taron Johnson has responsibility for Rashard Higgins, who motioned from left to right before the snap (this motion helps signal that the Bills are in man coverage).With shifted gaps, Buffalo’s linebackers are opposite the play side. At the snap, White’s receiver runs toward the middle of the field, and White tracks him. Johnson sees his man block down, and crashes to the line of scrimmage. This combo leads to a wide open gap on the right side of the field. Hyde strides into the end zone. Ideally, White would stay home outside, but that’s hard when you need to track the receiver in man coverage and you miss the mesh point of the handoff, unsure if it’s a run or another play-action pass.What changed after the first drive?After rushing for 59 yards on seven attempts and passing for 7 with two attempts on the first drive of the game, the Browns managed 105 rushing yards on 25 attempts and 76 passing yards on 22 attempts the rest of the night. The first difference was that the Browns used less of a combination of motion and tempo, giving the Bills time to set their gaps before the snap and limit mistakes. Milano and Edmunds both improved after the first drive, and Edmunds made some standout sideline tackles to force a Cleveland punt instead of a field goal attempt.The simpler offense led to the second difference - with fewer mistakes, the Bills kept the Browns behind schedule on their drives. It’s easier to force a punt when a team doesn’t have access to its full playbook.The other difference was that the Browns started testing more passes, and they just couldn’t find openings against Buffalo’s passing defense. The secondary covered the receivers while the defensive line took Taylor and Baker Mayfield off their comfortable throwing platforms.In the future, expect the Bills to use more game planning to fix the problems from Friday’s game. Dealing with gap control against motion was a problem at times in 2017, and it won’t go away entirely this year. But getting these plays on film was a good example for Buffalo’s coaching staff to reference ahead of the regular season.