Taylor: New Role Worked Well
Jason Reid reports:
Defensive end Jason Taylor thrived in the Miami Dolphins' defensive scheme, which afforded him more freedom to maneuver than he has had in the Redskins' disciplined approach. At least until Sunday.
The Redskins permitted Taylor to roam the field in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field. Instead of only playing as a hand-down end on third downs, Taylor also stood up in an outside linebacker position on both sides of the line and dropped back into coverage.
Just last week, Coach Jim Zorn said the Redskins would not use Taylor in that type of role. But Taylor - the 2006 NFL defensive player of the year - has not been productive at left end in Washington's regular approach, so they tried something new.
"It worked a few times" when he was with Miami, said Taylor, who had three tackles against the Seahawks, including one for a loss.
"I think it's good. I think it worked. You can see the results on tape. It's our first time doing it, and I think we can do a lot more."
Taylor was active on defense and made a significant contribution, right end Andre Carter said. "That was pretty much part of the game plan," Carter said. "Jason's so versatile, and I think what he did today really comes from him being in Miami.
"They would just kind of stand him up, move him around, and you see what he can do. He really did good. He did his part. We could see it some more, but I really think it's going to depend on who we play."
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