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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Rookie Watch: Taylor making strides

By Matt Williamson
Scouts Inc.

The Browns do not run their 4-3 scheme like the majority of the defenses with even fronts.

Instead of a big, powerful guy and an upfield 3-technique, they instead want two nose tackle-type players to just totally own the middle of the line of scrimmage. They compromise interior pass rush with this philosophy, but they put a ton of beef at defensive tackle. This allows the linebackers -- particularly the middle linebacker -- to run much more freely and it also tempts the offense to run on the perimeter instead of up the middle.

Well, Phillip Taylor is absolutely perfect for this and it is showing in a big way. Going back to the preseason, Taylor has been outstanding in a Browns uniform -- and has also contributed a bit of a pass rush as well.

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