Dancing Taylor gets booed

September, 27, 2010
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MIAMI -- Jason Taylor is known for dancing. In 12 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, he developed a sack dance. And, of course, there was his run as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." On Sunday night, he danced again -- and got booed.

In his highly-anticipated homecoming, Taylor recorded a first-quarter sack of Chad Henne and did flex-and-point routine. His once-adoring fans turned on him.

"Same dance, different uniform," Taylor said after the Jets' 31-23 victory. "Different outfit. You know, I changed my dance outfit every week before, too, on Dancing with the Stars. So it was no different."

Taylor somehow was isolated on FB Lousake Polite, and it was no contest. Taylor's only regret is that he didn't manage a strip sack. He was relatively quiet for the remainder of the game, but he has made an impact for the Jets, the team he used to hate. He's had two sacks in the last two games.

Taylor called it an emotional night. The Jets named four game captains, as they usually do, but Taylor was the only captain who reported to midfield for the coin toss.

"They wanted me to walk out there by myself and soak in all the boos," he said, laughing. "I appreciate the gesture by Rex (Ryan) and all the other captains. It was a different experience and fun nonetheless."

Other notes:

• TE Dustin Keller had his straight monster game, with six receptions for 98 yards -- all in the first half. He scored two TDs, his first mutiple-TD game in his career.

• It was a rough night for LG Matt Slauson. He was flagged for three penalties, including two holding calls on the same drive. One holding call nullified a 5-yard TD run by Mark Sanchez on a designed QB draw. Slauson said he didn't think he was guilty on that play.

Eric Smith recorded the second blocked punt of his career.

• It appears that LaDainian Tomlinson has wrested the feature-back role from Shonn Greene. Tomlinson made his first start as a Jet and, unofficially, appeared in 45 of the 57 offensive plays. Greene was in for only 14 plays.

Brad Smith started for Braylon Edwards, who was benched for the first quarter.

• It was a rough game for the secondary, but CB Drew Coleman sealed the game with an interception in the final seconds.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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