As part of the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Camp, rookies from the NFC were in Berea on Tuesday at the Cleveland Browns training camp facility. Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor was at the facility as part of his rehabilitation, so he decided to stop by to see former Baylor teammate Robert Griffin III. He also provided some updates to the local media on his how he is doing.
"I’m just taking it one day at a time, keeping my head on straight and working hard," Taylor said. "I’m not trying to get back too early, but am still working hard at the same time. I’m itching to get back, but I’m not going to rush it. When I know it’s time for me to be out there, I’ll get out there."
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports that Taylor has not been cleared to lift weights yet and is likely to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, which would make him eligible to return in November. Per Grossi, the injury to Taylor originally happened when he was bench-pressing over 300 pounds. Based on Taylor's comments, it continues to sound like veteran Scott Paxson is the favorite to start in place of Taylor, as opposed to the two rookies:
"Paxson is right behind me and Paxson is a great player; he’s going to do (well)," Taylor said. "I’ve met John and Billy, and they’re all good guys. They’re going to play a lot this year and they’re learning. They’re doing drills together, watching tape and they’re learning. They’re learning quickly."
Paxson saw most of the first-team reps in minicamp and organized team activities.