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Old 06-08-2006   #1
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Who is this guy? by the sound of AJ "the fan" http://www.houstontexans.com/news/de...0Latest%20News

"For those looking for an early sleeper, look no further than Chris Taylor. The 6-0, 224-pound running back out of Indiana is taking full advantage of a nicked up running back corps and made several impressive runs during full-team drills. Taylor has good size and adequate speed and could be one of those guys who really benefits from the Texans’ new system."

he may replace Antowain Smith judging by this paragraph "And the demand for precision plays no favorites. During passing drills, Kubiak yelled to running back Antowain Smith “run and finish it” after carrying a short pass just shy of the requisite orange cone on the sideline."

that would leave a roster of Domanick Davis, Vernand Morency, Wali Lundy, Chris Taylor, Jameel Cook & Patrick Hape w/Quadtrine Hill & Damien Rhodes on the practice squad.
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Who is this guy? by the sound of AJ "the fan" http://www.houstontexans.com/news/de...0Latest%20News

"For those looking for an early sleeper, look no further than Chris Taylor. The 6-0, 224-pound running back out of Indiana is taking full advantage of a nicked up running back corps and made several impressive runs during full-team drills. Taylor has good size and adequate speed and could be one of those guys who really benefits from the Texans’ new system."

he may replace Antowain Smith judging by this paragraph "And the demand for precision plays no favorites. During passing drills, Kubiak yelled to running back Antowain Smith “run and finish it” after carrying a short pass just shy of the requisite orange cone on the sideline."

that would leave a roster of Domanick Davis, Vernand Morency, Wali Lundy, Chris Taylor, Jameel Cook & Patrick Hape w/Quadtrine Hill & Damien Rhodes on the practice squad.
And let the overspeculation begin.
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I think it goes as follows:

At RB: DD, Bennett, Lundy, Morency
At FB: Cook, Hill

At RB Antowain Smith will be cut after Wali Lundy struts his stuff and shows that he can do the job while being 10 years younger. Hape will also be cut in favor of FB Quadtrine Hill, who sounds like has been very solid so far. Chris Taylor and Damien Rhodes will both be on the practice squad. As much as I want to squeeze Taylor onto the final roster, I just can't do it. We have too much talent there already. We will get Bennett, I believe that 100%, because Kubiak knows it takes 2 RBs to develop a strong running attack, and Rick Smith will get who he feels Kubes needs (which is Bennett).
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Who is this guy? by the sound of AJ "the fan" http://www.houstontexans.com/news/de...0Latest%20News

"For those looking for an early sleeper, look no further than Chris Taylor. The 6-0, 224-pound running back out of Indiana is taking full advantage of a nicked up running back corps and made several impressive runs during full-team drills. Taylor has good size and adequate speed and could be one of those guys who really benefits from the Texans’ new system."

he may replace Antowain Smith judging by this paragraph "And the demand for precision plays no favorites. During passing drills, Kubiak yelled to running back Antowain Smith “run and finish it” after carrying a short pass just shy of the requisite orange cone on the sideline."

that would leave a roster of Domanick Davis, Vernand Morency, Wali Lundy, Chris Taylor, Jameel Cook & Patrick Hape w/Quadtrine Hill & Damien Rhodes on the practice squad.
I get a different perspective from looking through the pics from the practices. I seem to see quite a bit more pics of Damien Rhodes (#29) breaking off a long one. I haven't noticed very many of Taylor, but that could just mean that he didn't have the camera ready when Taylor got the call.
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Chris Taylor is impressive in the context of Jason Anderson being impressive last year .... just trying to point out new guys who make you go hmmmm on the sideline. I wasn't the only observer who noticed him.

Rhodes got reps but wasn't as 'noticeable.' Put it in the proper context - it's June and it was one practice.

Relating Taylor's performance to the Antowain Smith comment was just a wee bit of a stretch...

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Chris Taylor is impressive in the context of Jason Anderson being impressive last year .... just trying to point out new guys who make you go hmmmm on the sideline. I wasn't the only observer who noticed him.

Rhodes got reps but wasn't as 'noticeable.' Put it in the proper context - it's June and it was one practice.

Relating Taylor's performance to the Antowain Smith comment was just a wee bit of a stretch...
Since you've seen him play, what would you say his chances are of making the team?
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That's impossible for anyone to assess at this point, except for his coaches, but there was a reason he wasn't drafted and the odds are very much stacked against him.

We had some RBs sitting out a practice in June and this guy made a few of us unfold our rosters. Practice squad would probably be a major coup for this guy but you never know. I'm just giving you another guy to watch....keep the Terrell Davis predictions in check for the moment at least.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...yers/1883.html

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Assuming one of the TEs can be the backup FB, and the best five backs will make the team. Also I would assume DD and Cook are the only locks.

The biggest question is does any of the 3 undrafted rb play themselves into the top five and should another candiate be brought in.

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ASmith- only true powerback on the roster, but can he be durable enough
VMorency-nice diversity but can he adapt to the offense
Lundy- natural zone style runner but can he help in the return game
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Taylor- nice speed but can he help in the return game
Rhodes-nice return ability and good all around back but speed is lacking
QHill- haveing two fbs is always nice but what else does he bring to the table
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Assuming one of the TEs can be the backup FB, and the best five backs will make the team. Also I would assume DD and Cook are the only locks.

The biggest question is does any of the 3 undrafted rb play themselves into the top five and should another candiate be brought in.

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ASmith- only true powerback on the roster, but can he be durable enough
VMorency-nice diversity but can he adapt to the offense
Lundy- natural zone style runner but can he help in the return game
Contenders
Taylor- nice speed but can he help in the return game
Rhodes-nice return ability and good all around back but speed is lacking
QHill- haveing two fbs is always nice but what else does he bring to the table
Did Denver carry 5 RBs?
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Did Denver carry 5 RBs?
Last year the Broncos had:

# 38 Mike Anderson RB
# 26 Tatum Bell RB
# 33 Ron Dayne RB
# 39 Kyle Johnson FB
# 37 Cecil Sapp RB/FB

Under their 2005 starters list, they have Jeb Putzier listed as both a TE and FB.
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Chris Taylor is impressive in the context of Jason Anderson being impressive last year .... just trying to point out new guys who make you go hmmmm on the sideline. I wasn't the only observer who noticed him.
Not a whole lot of info out there on this guy, I think this is an excellent observation on your part. maybe you've got some scouting blood lines flowing thru your veins. I'm not trying to make something out of nothing just a reflection out of respect of your opinion.

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Rhodes got reps but wasn't as 'noticeable.' Put it in the proper context - it's June and it was one practice..
Agreed its a long way to final roster cuts & alot can happen, at least to me it seems like the practice squad will be heavily weighted @ RB.

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Relating Taylor's performance to the Antowain Smith comment was just a wee bit of a stretch...
I apologize if taken out of context, I still remember Antowain coming out of UH & having immediate impact as a rookie (840 yds.) so in the final cuts he does have the edge in both talent and experience. The relationship drawn was looking through experienced coaching of a player who should have grasp'ed these simple practice concepts along time ago, maybe he's performed the prior 9 years on talent alone & lacked this type of attention (he had most of his success with the Bills/Pats while the last couple of years with the Titans/Saints have been sliding downhill)? That even with his advanced career Antowain can be re-tooled into a more effective, smarter RB with this staff in Kubiak's system would with me.
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Just some more info on Chris- According to IU running backs coach Gerald Brown, Taylor epitomizes perseverance.

"Chris came to practice every day," Brown said. "In fact, this past season, he was nicked up, but he reminded me that he had never missed a day of practice. We wanted to redshirt him when he was a freshman, but we had some injuries at tailback, and he came in and did a nice job. He showed right away that he was a team guy."

As he worked towards his degree, Taylor also earned an increased role in the IU offense. After gaining 229 yards as a freshman, the 5-11, 220-pounder gained 464 yards with three touchdowns in 2003. His sophomore year was highlighted by a 90-yard effort on 20 carries against Indiana State and 13 carries for 73 yards at Connecticut.

Taylor opened his junior campaign with 11 carries for 53 yards in a 41-10 victory over Central Michigan. The following week, IU snapped then-No. 23 Oregon's 22-game non-league home winning streak with a 30-24 triumph over the Ducks.

"That may be the highlight of my career," Taylor said. "To go into one of the toughest places in the country, we were a heavy underdog, and to come out with the win, was awesome."

While he was productive on the field, Taylor was known to keep the mood light off the field. His fun-loving personality was a hit with teammates and coaches.

"Chris is just a super guy," Brown said. "I really enjoyed coaching Chris. To graduate in three-and-a half years speaks to his character, but he also likes to make people laugh, play jokes on people. The fact that he can have fun but also graduate in three-and-a-half years shows that he can take care of business."

http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/sports/m-...121305aab.html
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That was good article...

Happy to see the Texans getting some great quality players.
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