Phil Taylor continues stunning comeback

One of the most overlooked stories of the preseason is unfolding in Washington, where defensive tackle Phil Taylor is on track to earn a spot in the Week One starting lineup after two years out of football. His new head coach wasn’t even aware that Taylor was out of football. “I was in Cincinnati for three years when he was at Cleveland and I know what a force he can be at nose [tackle],” coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Saturday. “He was tough to deal with, he really was. We had him for a workout, and I didn’t even know he was on the streets. His knee looked better. He was in good shape. He had a whole offseason and did some good things. I think his body is finally back to where he feels

Finally healthy, nose tackle Phil Taylor positioned to land starting job with the Redskins

RICHMOND — Ever since the Washington Redskins’ Mike Shanahan-mandated switch to the 3-4 defense back in 2010, the nose tackle position has resembled somewhat of a revolving door. Albert Haynesworth didn’t fit, injury toppled Ma’ake Kemoeatu. Barry Cofield manned the post for three years before injury derailed him as well. Terrance Knighton made an impact in his lone season with Washington in 2015, but not consistent enough of one for the team to want to resign him. And the Redskins went with a committee last season with Ziggy Hood and Cullen Jenkins sharing the bulk of the load. Now undergoing another overhaul of the defensive line, Washington again finds itself looking for a starting nose t

Bucs CB Javien Elliott keeps on defying doubters

#35 Javien Elliott TAMPA — Javien Elliott's story, remarkable as it may be, isn't nearly over. He was the long-shot walk-on who earned a scholarship as a senior at Florida State in 2015, starting six games and finishing with 37 tackles. He was the long-shot undrafted rookie who left a tryout with the Steelers without a contract, but got a look with the Bucs last summer after playing only one season of college football and earned a spot on the practice squad. He was the unproven player promoted to the Bucs' roster for the final six games of last season, holding his own with 10 tackles in a key role as the primary nickel cornerback. And now, he's exceeding expectations again, holding onto the

Lorenzo Alexander drops weight, but not expectations for another big year with Bills

PITTSFORD – Don't ask Lorenzo Alexander for his "natural" weight. He doesn't know what it is. When he was in seventh grade, he weighed 235 pounds. Early in his NFL career, he was a 315-pound offensive guard, the position to which he shifted after entering the league as a defensive tackle when the Carolina Panthers signed him as an undrafted free agent from the University of California. Now, at 34 years old and entering his 11th pro season, Alexander is back to 235. That's about 10 pounds less than he was in 2016, his first season as a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. "I wanted to come in this year a little bit lighter," he said after Sunday's practice at St. John Fisher College. "I knew my

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