Phil Taylor DL CLE 29 Days
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.
Phil Taylor DL CLE 9 Months
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.
Phil Taylor DL CLE Feb 03 '13
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.
Phil Taylor DL CLE Oct 31 '12
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.
Phil Taylor DL CLE Oct 22 '12
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.
Phil Taylor DL CLE Oct 16 '12
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.
Phil Taylor DL CLE Oct 11 '12
Browns coach Pat Shurmur suggested NT Phil Taylor (torn pectoral) 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.