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Phil Taylor | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 335
College: Baylor
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Browns LE Phil Taylor will miss "a few weeks" after undergoing a knee scope.
Taylor hurt his knee last Sunday against the Titans. Taylor has been playing end in coach Mike Pettine's 3-4 defense this season, with Ahtyba Rubin manning the nose tackle spot. After five weeks, Taylor is Pro Football Focus' 49th out of 51 qualifying 3-4 ends. He's struggling against the run and as a pocket pusher. Armonty Bryant and John Hughes will see extended snaps. Oct 8 - 12:25 PM

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Browns NT Phil Taylor is done for the day in Week 5 with a knee injury.

We didn't see the injury happen, but Taylor was ruled out early in the third quarter.
Oct 5 - 3:00 PM

Browns exercised NT Phil Taylor's fifth-year club option for 2015.

Taylor had been in the dark regarding the Browns' plans for him earlier this week. The deadline for teams to exercise 2015 options on 2011 first-rounders is Saturday. Taylor's now signed for just $6.98 million over the next two seasons. He's an above-average run-plugging nose but comes off the field on passing downs. Taylor will anchor coach Mike Pettine's attacking 3-4 defense.
May 2 - 11:34 AM

NT Phil Taylor is unsure if the Browns will pick up his fifth-year option.

If the Browns don't pick up Taylor's $5.5 million option by May 3, he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2015. It's an interesting decision for the new Mike Pettine regime. Taylor has started 37 games over the last three seasons, showing well as a run stuffer last year but coming off the field on pass downs. The former first-round pick's value will depend on how Pettine uses him in the hybrid 3-4 scheme.
Apr 24 - 11:35 AM

ESPN Cleveland doesn't believe Browns NT Phil Taylor was "happy about" seeing his playing time reduced last season.

Taylor appeared in 15 games in 2013 and played just 555 defensive snaps, good for 32nd among defensive tackles and nose tackles across the league. He exited the field on sure passing downs and recorded just 26 tackles and two sacks. However, Taylor was stout against the run. New coach Mike Pettine runs a multiple-front defense. Taylor should see increased snaps in 2014.
Feb 11 - 8:52 AM

Browns NT Phil Taylor sustained a concussion in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Jets.

Taylor will likely sit out the Week 17 finale against the Steelers. The run-stuffing former first-round pick has 26 tackles and two sacks on the season.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Browns DL coach Joe Cullen confirmed Phil Taylor will play nose tackle in Cleveland's new 3-4 defense.

Desmond Bryant will be the right end, and Ahtyba Rubin will play left end. We'd seen some previous speculation about Rubin potentially playing nose tackle, but he's slimmed down and will play left end on base downs before kicking inside in sub-packages. Cleveland suddenly boasts a very talented defensive front.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 03:23:00 PM

The Browns expect Phil Taylor to be the nose tackle in their new 3-4 defense.

It may seem obvious, but fellow 330-plus-pound defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin had a case to play nose, as well. Rubin will likely be a mammoth "five technique" in the Red Bryant mold. Taylor, 25 in April, came off PUP in Week 9 this past season to close strong, grading out positively as a run defender per Pro Football Focus' ratings. Taylor was also a 3-4 nose tackle at Baylor.
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 10:14:00 PM

Browns activated NT Phil Taylor (pectoral) from the PUP list.

Cleveland needs run-stuffing bodies with Ahtyba Rubin battling a recurring calf injury and likely to be sidelined through at least Cleveland's Week 10 bye. Taylor will probably try to be working himself into game shape over the next two weeks, but he can certainly help on obvious running downs. A 355-pound behemoth, Taylor was the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 05:04:00 PM

Browns NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) expects to make his 2012 debut Sunday.

Taylor has yet to be officially activated from the PUP list, but it's a formality at this point. Taylor does not expect to start against the Ravens, instead rotating in. His return will be a huge boost for a defense allowing 131.6 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry.
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Browns NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) could return for Week 9.

Taylor has resumed practicing, but won't play in this week's game against the Chargers. The 6'3/355 run-stuffer's eventual return will be a major boost to a defense giving up 4.52 yards per carry.
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 10:14:00 AM

Browns NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) will resume practicing this week.

The Browns have two more weeks to activate their starting nose tackle, and there's an outside shot he could suit up on Sunday. Taylor should provide a big boost for a run defense that's allowing 133.7 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry.
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 02:29:00 PM

The Browns don't expect to make a decision on NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) until next week.

Taylor won't be taken off the PUP list just yet, but the Browns reportedly "feel good" about his return for the second half of the season. The Browns are 25th in the league in run defense, allowing 131.3 yards per game.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 06:21:00 PM

Browns coach Pat Shurmur suggested NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral, PUP) will be ready to practice when eligible next week.

"He looks great," Shurmur said. "We're hopeful be back soon. Let's just say this: I think he'll be right on schedule." Taylor's return should help a struggling run defense that allowed Ahmad Bradshaw's career game last week.
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 02:28:00 PM

Browns placed NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral) on reserve/PUP.

Taylor will be first eligible to return in Week 7, but remains without a concrete timetable for a return. Both Taylor and the Browns have vowed he'll play this season, however. GM Tom Heckert suggested in May that Taylor could be 100 percent by late October or early November.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 05:08:00 PM

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