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First Round Pick Taylor Meets His Teammates

First-round defensive tackle Phil Taylor was one of 15 defensive players to attend the fourth “Camp Colt” of the offseason, giving the 21st overall pick a chance to meet his teammates for the first time, the PD reports.

“I just wanted to come here and meet the guys and talk it up, learn some new things,” said Taylor. “I’ve been hanging out with a lot of the guys and getting to know some of them, so it’s been good.”

The 6-foot-3, 334-pound defensive tackle does not have a contract, so he did not participate in the on-field drills during the team’s first full squad workout of the offseason.

“I’m just taking it all in and trying to do whatever I can to get ready for the season during this work stoppage,” said Taylor. “A lot of the terminology of this defense, I’ve heard before at the Senior Bowl and things like that so it’s not really new. I won’t have a big problem adjusting.”

The Browns are shifting a 4-3 defense under coordinator Dick Jauron, and do not have much depth at the defensive tackle line. Taylor and second-round defensive end Jabaal Sheard are both projected to start in 2011, though a lockout that’s already wiped out OTAs and mini-camps could interfere with that plan if training camp is shortened.


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