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Browns rookie DT Phil Taylor makes his debut

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2011
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2011 file photo, Baylor defensive lineman Phil Taylor runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Taylor is a top prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Browns rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor participated in the team's walk-through session this morning.

He's also expected to practice this evening from 4:10-6 p.m. That session will be open to the public.

During the walk through, Taylor, 6-foot-3 and 338 pounds, was inserted into the first-team defense right away. He lined up at left defensive tackle while Ahtyba Rubin served as the right tackle.

Taylor, the Browns' first-round pick in this year's draft, missed the team's first four practices of training camp. However, he signed a four-year contract on Tuesday night to officially end his holdout.

"I was real anxious," Taylor said of holding out. "My agent, though, he kept me calm through the whole process. So I mean he was just looking out for the best interest of me. We got it done, and I’m glad I’m here now."

The Browns are glad, too, because they're counting on Taylor to make an immediate impact in their 4-3 defense. Taylor said he is picking up the scheme quickly.

"I’m not behind at all," Taylor said. "It’s a new defense, so basically all the guys are still trying to learn a new defense. So I’m right where I need to be.

"On our day off (Wednesday), I went in and got caught up on the playbook and things like that. We went over some things and watched film."


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