This is the 55th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#57- Adarius Taylor– LB- Florida Atlantic
I call this guy Adarius Taylor “Swift” because when he gets blocked on a pass rush, he is always able to “Shake It Off.” He spent the last four years in Tampa Bay, but recently told the Buccaneers that “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Not in my “Wildest Dreams” did I think I would be able to incorporate this many bad Taylor Swift puns into one paragraph about a Browns linebacker.
Taylor joined the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 before joining Tampa Bay the following season. He has seen action in 60 career games but has only made 16 starts. Last season, the Florida Atlantic product had a career year, starting 10 games and recording 57 tackles, five passes defended, one sack, and a forced fumble.
As I’ve mentioned in previous player breakdowns, linebacker is an odd position for the Browns. Depending on who you talk to, the projected starters range from great to overrated and flat-out bad. Personally, I like Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert, but I understand the knocks against them. John Dorsey brought some youth to the linebacker core this off-season by drafting Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson to go along with second year player, Gerard Avery. That doesn’t leave a ton of room for newcomers like Taylor on the roster, as most NFL teams typically carry only seven linebackers on the roster. One thing going for him is that he is a veteran (which this team doesn’t have a ton of) and is coming off his best season as a professional.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Kyle Kalis.