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Taylor Still a Force On the Field

Posted Aug 16, 2005

Sean Taylor did not participate in the off-season program, but he is working hard to make up for time lost. Full Story

Sean Taylor disappointed many on the Redskins when he did not participate in off-season workouts this year.

Since he rejoined the team in late July, Taylor appears to be working hard to make up for time lost.

Assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams called Taylor an "old-school player" in that the second-year safety plays full-go all the time, be it in practice, a meaningless preseason game or a regular season game.

"It doesn’t make a difference if you’re playing in the parking lot or in a tunnel, when it’s time to light it up, he plays all the way," Williams said. "He doesn’t slow down and he doesn’t know any other way. That’s why it’s so fun to coach him.

"He has been tremendous in meetings. He is in very good condition. And he has caught up on some of the new things we have been working on. He is having a very good camp."

Taylor is listed as the starting free safety on the team’s depth chart. During the Aug. 6 scrimmage at Baltimore, Taylor played with the second-team defense--but that means little because Williams likes to tinker with different schemes during the preseason.

Taylor made his presence known with several hard hits against the Ravens. He broke up a touchdown pass in the end zone with a hit on a wide receiver, then knocked the ball away.

Last Saturday, in the Redskins’ preseason opener at Carolina, Taylor again played with the second unit. He caught Williams’ eye when he played part of the game with a broken chinstrap. Then, on the next defensive series, Taylor "borrowed" the helmet of fellow safety Pierson Prioleau, Williams said.

"He didn’t want to give Pierson an opportunity to take his reps, so he just took Pierson’s helmet," Williams said, smiling.

The 6-2, 232-pound safety out of Miami had a standout rookie season with the Redskins in 2004, starting 13 games and recording four interceptions and two forced fumbles. He developed a reputation for punishing tackles.

During a media session on Aug. 1, Taylor said he had no problem working hard to regain a starting job.

"I have been working 21 years of my life to get to this level," he said. "To me, working is no big deal. That’s what I do--I work. Working is going to push me to get better."

In the three weeks since training camp began, Williams has noticed that Taylor is increasingly more comfortable at the NFL level.

"He’s more comfortable with what happens in front of him, with offensive systems and schemes," Williams said. "By no means is he a polished product--none of the players are. But he’ll continue to get better at that the longer he’s around us."

 

 

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