Monday, April 21, 2014

Last year, Taylor thought he was done with football


Jamar Taylor had high hopes after being taken by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of last year's draft. So did the team.

But the former Boise State cornerback battled hernia and groin ailments for much of his first season and was limited to just nine games and zero starts.

"It was to the point last year I thought I was done playing football," Taylor said last week, via the Idaho Statesman. "I didn’t want to play anymore. I was out of it.

"Thank God for my girlfriend, my family, my pastors and God — because I made it through and kept working. I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m going to turn a lot of heads."

Clearly, Taylor isn't lacking in confidence, adding that he was bothered sitting on the bench "knowing you're better than some guys and there's nothing you can do."

Taylor will start camp behind Brent Grimes and likely (but unofficially) Cortland Finnegan on the depth chart. He'll battle alongside Will Davis, who was drafted a round after Taylor, for Finnegan's job, or at worst, the third spot.

Finnegan is far from a lock, but you'd imagine he's the by-default No. 2 given his experience and Taylor's injury concerns.

". . . I'm not scared of competition," Taylor said. "May the best man win."

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