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Fred Taylor nominates Jags for L.A. market

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2009 – 8:20 am

With stadium plans moving forward in Los Angeles by developer Ed Roski at a site in Industry, CA, New England RB Fred Taylor took it upon himself to nominate his former team the Jacksonville Jaguars as a potential fit.

The most shocking part was he did it on a conference call with the Jacksonville media as the Pats and Jaguars play on Sunday.

“I don’t know what’s going to be a decision maker or breaker but you look at average attendance and whatever have you at the end of the day they’re going to find a team to take out there,” he said. “I don’t want to offend anyone. Never do, but you’ve got to be realistic.”


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Jauron on why the interest in FA RBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2009 – 10:57 pm

Thus far this offseason Buffalo has hosted RBs Fred Taylor, Kevin Jones and DeShaun Foster. So why the interest with the likes of Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson on the roster? Bills head coach Dick Jauron stated that they’re looking for a number three back.

“We’re looking for a third guy and he may be on our roster right now, but we wanted to make sure that we covered the bases in free agency,” said Jauron. “We brought in a couple of really good veteran running backs that we thought would fit us really well. They opted to go other places, but we’d like to have that in place. We’ll keep looking. It doesn’t mean we’re dissatisfied with the people that are behind Marshawn (Lynch) and Freddie (Jackson), but we’ll keep our eyes open. We love that combination. We’d like to take a little bit of pressure off of them.”

If that’s truly the motivation you can understand why players like Taylor and Jones chose to sign elsewhere. They’re too accomplished to take on a #3 role. Taylor signed with New England, while Jones re-signed with Chicago.

Personally I think Omon is a pretty good catch for a number three back.


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Free agent visitors so far

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2009 – 11:42 pm

Since some of you out there are wondering here’s the FA visit count thus far for the Bills. 11 total visits, 3 signed as of Thursday 6:45pm.

RB Fred Taylor – signed with NE

LB Jamie Winborn – still out there

CB Drayton Florence – signed with BUF

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – signed with BUF

OL Geoff Hangartner – signed with BUF

WR Laveranues Coles – signed with Cincy

RB DeShaun Foster – still out there

LB Cato June – still out there

WR Joey Galloway – still out there

LB Freddie Keiaho – still out there

RB Kevin Jones – still out there


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RB Taylor signing with Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 2:07 pm

In a less than surprising move, free agent RB Fred Taylor is going to sign with New England. Frankly the situation there is better as far as potential playing time because the need for running back help is greater.

The team has also been more successful. No debate there, and Taylor stated firmly he wants a ring.


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RB Taylor to sign with Pats?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 6:35 am

According to the Providence Journal free agent RB Fred Taylor is leaning toward signing with the New England Patriots.

Both the Bills and Patriots reportedly made offers, but Taylor is reportedly being influenced by New England’s perennial success as he made no secret about wanting to win a Super Bowl title on his visit with Buffalo, but still made it sound like he had faith in where the Bills could be headed.

“I do want a ring,” said Taylor Tuesday. “When you look at this team it’s a team that started out great last year, and hit a few small hurdles, but the possibilities are still there. That makes my decision a little bit easier when it’s time to decide where I’m going to go.”

But according to the Providence Journal New England’s success might tip the scales in their favor.


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Taylor interview is up

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 9:51 pm

The Fred Taylor video interview is up.


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Why Taylor is an example in professionalism

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 8:05 pm

Fred Taylor is a lot of things not the least of which is a professional. At his impromptu media session on his visit to One Bills Drive I asked him at age 33, he has a reputation for staying in remarkable shape which helps keep his performance from mirroring his age, which for a running back is getting up there.

Here was his response after reminding me he’s a new33.

“I just turned 33,” said Taylor. “So I’m not all the way 33 yet. Just throughout your career, earlier on I battled injuries and along with that came a tag. They started calling me ‘Fragile Fred.’ I’ve always known my entire life that I’ve been tougher than the average guy and I can withstand a lot of pain and that tag used to really piss me off. So I had to find a way to try and make that go away and that came through finding a way to take care of myself a little bit more. Not hanging out as much. Trying to eat properly. In the weight room in the offseason, develop the foundation. That would be the first thing I would tell those young guys (on the Bills), develop a routine first.

“Then from there is becomes easy. The last five or six years I’ve really been paying attention to my body. For example, if I have a toe injury where my toe is getting a little sore. I don’t walk around and try to tough it out, but try to get to the bottom of it and figure out why it’s sore before it becomes a hamstring or a lower back issue because it’s all tied together. Just listening to my body and doing a lot of maintenance every single morning, I come in the building and I do contrast doing the hot and cold tub. Just doing the things I need to do to help my team win.”

I really think that Taylor’s most attractive attribute would be the way in which he can influence Lynch and Jackson so they maximize their potential. Taylor is still very talented in his own right, but with that guy on board, Lynch and Jackson could really blow up if they heed his advice.


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Taylor has good line for draft day trade in ’98

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 7:57 pm

For those that don’t remember back in 1998 the Bills traded a 1st and 4th round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for QB Rob Johnson. With that 9th pick in the draft the Jaguars selected none other than Fred Taylor.

To see Taylor sign with the Bills would be rather ironic and it was apparent that someone in Buffalo’s front office mentioned that to him on his visit today. Taylor also had a good response, which he shared with the media.

“I’ve heard that a little bit. It was kind of funny,” said Taylor. “But I guess you could say as far as that trade was concerned I got somewhat of the better end on that.”

It’d be hard to argue with him. Though the Bills went 10-6 and 11-5 the next two years, Rob Johnson didn’t have much to do with it. Taylor went to the playoffs as well his first two years, which included an appearance in the AFC Championship game and he went to the playoffs again in 2005 and 2007. He also has had a productive 11-year career, while Rob Johnson has been out of the league since 2003.


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Taylor a mentor for Lynch?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 6:56 pm

Fred Taylor has enjoyed his visit with the Bills calling it a first class organization. He also said he has tremendous respect for Dick Jauron who was on Jacksonville’s staff his first couple of years in the league.

He is known in Jacksonville as a natural leader and did a great job mentoring Maurice Jones-Drew when he came in. This is not known, but you have to wonder if Taylor would be a win-win for Buffalo as both a RB talent and as a mentor for Lynch.

At times when he was being interviewed he almost was talking like he’s going to be here. But then he confirmed that this afternoon he’s headed to New England. It’s clear he’s going to explore all possible options, but he believes the Bills are a team on the way up so that appeals to him.

We’ll have more on Taylor’s comments on the home page of Buffalobills.com and on the Bills video page.


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Taylor will be interesting consideration

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2009 – 4:33 pm

With Fred Taylor’s visit today now official, the first thing that might concern people is the fact that he’ s 33, but the guy takes remarkable care of himself from those I’ve spoken with. That’s why at age 31 the guy ran for over 1,200 yards and made the Pro Bowl. What I find interesting is he has said he’d like to rush for more career yardage than Jim Brown before he retires.

Right now he’s 1,041 yards away from doing that. He could conceivably get that in two seasons as a backup tailback for the Bills or another club.

Helping the Bills cause is Taylor is tight with Marcus Stroud.

Taylor wouldn’t have to be the lead guy in Buffalo, even though the Bills have some uncertainty in terms of RB availability based on what pans out concerning Marshawn Lynch. Fred Jackson proved last year and the year before in games that he started for an injured Lynch that he can carry the load.

I’m just ballparking here, but I think a team should be able to get him for between $1M or $1.5M a year.


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Report: Fred Taylor to visit Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2009 – 9:21 pm

According to the Providence Journal, recently released RB Fred Taylor will be visiting with both the Bills and Patriots.

New England has a muddled RB situation and Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron has familiarity with Taylor when he was a defensive coordinator for the Jaguars. Taylor is 33.

You have to believe this is an insurance plan for the Bills at running back.

It would be ironic if Taylor signed with Buffalo since he was taken with by the Jaguars with the first-round pick the Bills traded to Jacksonville along with a fourth-round pick for Rob Johnson.


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