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Phil Taylor | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 343
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (21) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Redskins re-signed NT Phil Taylor to a one-year contract.
Taylor, who hasn't appeared in a regular season game since 2014, missed all of 2017 with a torn quad. Former first-rounders get far more second chances than other players. Taylor turns 30 in four days. Apr 3 - 2:37 PM

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Redskins NT Phil Taylor will miss the 2017 season with a torn quad.

The No. 21 overall pick of the 2011 draft was trying to come back after two years out of the league. He had reportedly been a "standout presence" in Redskins camp, and was poised to make the 53-man roster. Taylor will be 30 with a long and winding injury history when he hits free agency next spring.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 04:44:00 PM

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports NT Phil Taylor has been a "standout presence" at training camp.

Taylor has proven to be one of the better reserve/future signings of the offseason. He's listed as a starter on the Redskins' unofficial depth chart and could open the year as the anchor of Greg Manusky's 3-4. Taylor hasn't appeared in a game since 2014 due to chronic knee issues, but has the makings of a bounce back now that he's finally healthy.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 06:39:00 PM

Redskins signed NT Phil Taylor to a reserve/future contract.

Washington also signed LBs Khairi Fortt and Pete Robertson to reserve/future deals. Taylor has missed the last two years with chronic knee issues. He's an upside stash for Washington going into the offseason. Redskins NT Ziggy Hood is a free agent.
Fri, Jan 6, 2017 06:02:00 PM

Broncos released DT Phil Taylor (knee) from injured reserve.

The Broncos placed Taylor on I.R. last month, but there wasn't much upside to stashing him on a one-year deal. Taylor's knee problems jeopardize his career.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 06:16:00 PM

Broncos placed DT Phil Taylor (knee) on injured reserve.

They also signed DT Billy Winn. A former first-round pick who spent last season out of football, Taylor was trying to jumpstart his career in Denver only to suffer yet another knee injury. Knee woes threaten to end Taylor's career.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 07:18:00 PM

Broncos DT Phil Taylor will undergo an MRI on his left knee.

Taylor was cut by Cleveland at the end of camp last year and took a while to resurface due to chronic knee issues. The former first-round pick has been an effective run-stopper when healthy but obviously his knee is still a major question mark.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Broncos signed DT Phil Taylor, formerly of the Browns.

The 21st overall pick in the 2011 draft, Taylor flamed out of the NFL last season due to chronic knee problems, in addition to on-field effectiveness. He's kept himself in shape working out for the Ravens, Vikings, and Steelers since his September 2015 release. Turning 28 years old in April, nose tackle-sized Taylor is a worthwhile flier for Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense.
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 05:06:00 PM

Free agent DT Phil Taylor worked out for the Vikings on Tuesday.

It's the first we've heard of Taylor since he worked out for the Ravens last month. It's only his second known workout since he was cut loose by the Browns in September. It's possible he's still not 100 percent healthy. Taylor should find a new home when reserve/future contracts are handed out in January.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 02:22:00 PM

Free agent DT Phil Taylor worked out for the Ravens.

Taylor drew zero interest after he was released by the Browns on Sept. 1, but it appeared to be because of a knee issue. Taylor is a fit for the Ravens' 3-4 defense, but would have trouble getting on the field behind NT Brandon Williams.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 05:22:00 PM

The Steelers came away from Wednesday's visit with Phil Taylor "not interested" in signing the free agent nose tackle.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Taylor's knee "needs (to be) fixed" and would take "too long to heal" for the Steelers to wait out Taylor's recovery. Taylor had his knee scoped in the offseason, but there were rumors he might need a microfracture procedure. At very least, he needs another surgery.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Free agent NT Phil Taylor visited with the Steelers.

It's Taylor's first visit since getting cut by the Browns. As many as eight teams have reportedly expressed interest in signing him. 27-year-old Taylor should resurface before the end of the week.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Browns released NT Phil Taylor.

The first-rounder the Browns got after deciding to trade down and pass on Julio Jones in 2011, Taylor never emerged as more than a run-plugging specialist. He was limited to just five games last season after undergoing a knee scope. Taylor is still a viable NFLer, so it's a bit of a surprising move. The Browns are on the hook for Taylor's $5.477 million salary. Taylor should latch on elsewhere relatively quickly.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Browns NT Phil Taylor returned to team drills on Sunday.

Taylor missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from offseason knee surgery. The 27-year-old has been a solid run stopper when healthy, though he's missed 20 games over the last three seasons. Taylor is on the roster bubble.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 10:53:00 AM

Browns NT Phil Taylor isn't considered a lock to make the 53-man roster.

The former 21st overall pick saw his starting job disappear when the Browns drafted NT Danny Shelton. Desmond Bryant and Randy Starks are projected to flank Shelton. Taylor is making his way back from a 2014 knee injury that required a clean-up procedure and forced him to miss OTAs and minicamp. The Browns would just be eating Taylor's $5.477 million salary if he were to be cut.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 09:27:00 AM

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4Martrell Spaight
5Shaun Dion Hamilton
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3Ryan Anderson
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2Quinton Dunbar
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3Fish Smithson
P1Tress Way
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