Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Browns need DT Phil Taylor immediately
By James Walker
After missing four days of practice, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was asked Tuesday if first-round pick Phil Taylor will get immediate work with the starters.
"When he gets in town he's going to get in there, that's for sure," Shurmur said.
That's how much the Browns need Taylor on their thin defensive line this season. Cleveland reached a four-year agreement with the rookie and expects Taylor to be the Week 1 starter. After a lengthy NFL lockout and a late start to training camp, Taylor must be a fast learner.
Both sides bickered the past few days over having the fourth year of the contract guaranteed. It is unknown which side relented but clearly enough progress was made to reach a deal.
Taylor was drafted No. 21 overall and will team up with fellow defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin to anchor Cleveland's new 4-3 defense.