Aug 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive back Brandon Taylor (28) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Taylor Back At Practice, And Hopeful For 2014


Ricky Henne of Chargers.com recently posted this article, regarding Brandon Taylor’s return. It has been ages since we have had even the slightest update regarding his status. We all thought he would play at some point last season. Instead, he remained inactive for the duration of 2013. Rumors surrounded the young man’s future on the team. On Darren Smith’s show on XX 1090 last year, Pagano insinuated that Taylor wasn’t up to speed, and that he was too far behind Marcus Gilchrist, and Jahleel Addae.

As we now know, he suffered a setback with his ACL rehabilitation, and wasn’t able to heal up in time to get into football shape. It was unknown if  Taylor would be ready for camp this year, as the Chargers have been extremely tight-lipped about his condition. Well, it appears we have an answer (sort of). The article doesn’t come right out and say that he is, or will be, 100% ready to go. But, he is back on the horse, and has been training hard while he has been out of commission.

I have had a couple very frustrating years, but I have a lot of good support around here. These players, coaches, training staff and also my parents have all helped me keep my head in the game. My coaches have been great. I couldn’t ask for anything more. They’ve supported me every day no matter where I was. If I was in the training room they’d come in and check on me. At practice they stayed on me every day, and when I wasn’t playing they made sure I stayed in the game mentally. They’ve helped me get strong and better, and I appreciate that.

He also had this to say about what his expectations are for the 2014 season:

I am looking forward to this season a lot because this is a big year for me. Everyone says the third season is a big season for a player. It feels good to be out there for these practices because I’m back doing what I want to do, which is be a competitive player. I’m practicing and running the plays. I feel real good, but I still have a ways to go. It’s a process, so I’m just taking it day by day.

Here are his thoughts about how OTA’s are going:

We’ve had some real good practices. We’re coming together as a team. We’re starting off fast and making a lot of plays on both sides of the ball. Even though there is no contact, that is what you want to see. You want to see that good competition from everyone, because that is how you get better. So I’m very excited. This is football, and you’ve got to love it!

Sorry to “re-quote” straight from the article, but we have heard literally NOTHING from him for practically a year! So, I don’t mind putting it all out there, in case you don’t feel like clicking on the link to the Chargers article above. If I’m not mistaken, it sounds like he could be healthy, and back at practice. It would be HUGE for our secondary, if he can come in and compete at a high level.

As I said, you can’t tell what level he is practicing at, right now. But, it’s nice to see that the kid is out there with the team. He’s definitely doing some kind of on-field activities, even if it isn’t full participation. With the lack of production at the position last season (except for Addae at the end), it will be a welcome sight to see more competition for the starting position.

At the end of the day, Taylor was the highest rated strong safety that the Chargers have drafted in quite a while. He played well in a good LSU program, and was a team Captain. If he can get healthy, and make the impact we were hoping he would have in our backfield, we could be in for a treat in 2014. Having a Taylor / Addae combo would patch one of the biggest weaknesses that the secondary had in 2013. Furthermore, they are both young, and hungry.

I will be cheering for him to keep his roster spot, and keep Gilchrist at the nickel cornerback position, where he is most effective. Keep an eye out for Taylor’s return during camp, and during the preseason. With a little luck, we could have two starting caliber strong safeties come September.

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson

 

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  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    In case you forgot who he is.. lol.

    • Julien Bélair

      I loved this pick…he was the safety I wanted in this draft class…good speed great leader hungry… It’s really unfortunate what happened to him

    • Trey P

      Ill pass good college caint stay healthy in the pros and he was a 3rd rounder not 1st or second. Hell be a backup at best def not a starter

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Can’t stay healthy? Isn’t this his first injury? Sure, he tweaked it, and there was a delay on his return. But, lots of players tear their ACL. Does that mean Ingram can’t stay healthy, or does he get a pass just because his rehab went more smoothly? It’s not like he’s Larry English, who has gotten tons of chances to prove himself. Ladarius wasn’t a first or second rounder either.. is he a “back-up at best too”? Say what you want, but a few of AJ’s picks have managed to stick around, and could still contribute to the team’s success. Obviously Telesco still wants to give him a shot, or He would already be gone. Dude is 24, and isn’t a free agent until 2016. He isn’t expensive, either. Let’s give him a fair shot. He HAS looked good, when he has played.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Get the same feeling here. I have a hard time labeling a guy injury prone if it was only one injury, even if it was a rather serious one. To me, someone that “can’t stay healthy” is someone that gets hurt in various parts of their body all the time, like Larry English, or (dare I say it) Malcom Floyd.

          • arnie

            LOL…Taylor didn’t really see any playing time til the end of his rookie year, THAT is when he got hurt. LOL

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Good ole Norv, riding that Bigby Train.

          • arnie

            Hahahahahahahaha! You went there?! Hahahahahahah!

          • tubbs45

            Norv loved Atari’s weed stash…

    • Gunnar Martin

      I love the way he plays. The attitude, the aggression. He and Addae share a bit of the same excitement, which is great. The defense could use more of that. I’d love to see him make it on the roster, even if he isn’t a starter. He’d probably be phenomenal at special teams.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Me too. I have a really good feeling about this kid. Always did.

    • veazy

      Is it just me, or is the video really jittery?

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I’m not seeing any jitters, using a laptop though. You using Chrome?

        • veazy

          Firefox. I put it all the way down to 240p and it was still there, so I’m guessing it must the flash player.

  • Joel Ayala

    Taylor/Addea Combo Heck ya. He was pretty bad ass in LSU. Hopefully health is all he needed.

  • powderBLUE801

    I really hope he can stay healthy. I’m just afraid he will be one of those guys that never will stay healthy. And will be looked at as a what if player! I really hope he proves to everyone in his 3rd year that he is what we need and will be the best SS in the NFL!! That would be bad ass. What if steve Williams and Taylor are both fighting for the come back player of the year award come end of season. Anything is possible. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️Bolt up⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

  • Nick in PB

    I really liked this guy when we drafted him. I am really, really rooting for him. I don’t think he had an injury problem in college so hopefully this stuff is all behind him and he can start to contribute. You gotta think that a safety from LSU would be badass! I like Addae but a healthy Taylor would be a definite PLUS!

    • Gunnar Martin

      Exactly what I was going to say!

      • Nick in PB

        Great minds think alike Gunnar!

  • arnie

    If Taylor can get on the field someone is going to lose their job. As of right now the Safety’s are Stuckey, Gilchrist , Addae an Alden Darby. Darby could be headed for the practice squad, but we’ll see. Now if Addae beat out Stuckey and Gilchrist to be the starter then it’s likely Taylor could become the #2 SS on the roster behind Addae. Only time an experience will tell us if it stays that way.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Please keep an eye on this one for me in camp, Arnie ; )

      • arnie

        Will do.

  • RZ

    Depth is a good thing either way.

    • arnie

      By seasons end, the backfield is going to look “vastly different”.

      • RZ

        as long as they don’t miss a beat,i’m good with it.

        • arnie

          I think they will be better. The Chargers defense ranked 11th in points allowed. on top of that, Telesco addressed the lack of a pass rush in the draft. Hopefully that “pressure” shows up, and QB’s start throwing up more balls for grabs.

  • Nick619chargers4life

    He was the 19th or 20th ranked saftey in the draft when he came out . I have never been sold on him , seem like another reach by AJ http://walterfootball.com/draft2012S.php

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      What were Addae, Gilchrist, and Darby ranked? Lol.

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Oh I feel you . But don’t trust AJ’s draft picks , im going to treat him just like I treat English right now . Show me Taylor , show me .

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Agreed. Ladarius was AJ’s pick too.. so was Troutman.

          • Nick619chargers4life

            It’s funny how you just named those players and I’m thinking about other players he drafted that have been just depth . It’s like AJ drafted for depth , Aj shouldn’t even have been our GM. RIP John Butler. AJ had what , 1 or 2 solid drafts , once we started winning games it seemed like him finding those immediate impact players were few and far between . Damn you AJ lol Ladarius will be a star though .

    • Gunnar Martin

      But who really thinks walterfootball is credible? Look at all the guys ranked ahead of Taylor on that list. Can you tell me there’s more than three names you recognize or have had any legitimate success in the NFL. Don’t think so. Honestly, it may sound sad but Taylor still has a real shot at becoming the best safety from that class.

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Yes it sounds really sad that u just said he has a shot at becoming the best safety in that class. I’m rooting for him to succeed , I will always do that for our chargers . But I’m not expecting much from him because I don’t want to be let down . When he plays and does his part , what ever that may be , I will be more then happy for him. I just don’t trust him.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Understandable. I just can’t help but be optimistic about someone or something that still has a chance at being successful.

          • Nick619chargers4life

            Oh me to, I’m just cautiously optimistic .

          • arnie

            Yeah, a decade of aj smith will do that. It’s like going through rehab, now that he’s gone. One draft at a time, you’ll get back to being “overly” optimistic like me. ;)

          • Nick619chargers4life

            Don’t get me wrong, the chargers as whole I’m the “overly” type . But when it comes to his draft picks that have dealt with injuries I’m the ” cautiously ” lol and it is like going through rehab lol I’m almost clean lol one day at a time lol

          • arnie

            No I get it. I wish we could just draft players “not” recovering from injuires, is not to much to ask.

      • veazy

        You could even look at how low Harrison Smith is ranked to see the list sucks.

    • veazy

      Nothing against you for posting that link, but that is a seriously stupid list.

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Ok lol

    • daviddanzig

      He was the fourth safety selected on 2012 draft, just behind Mark Barron, Harrison Smith and Tavon Wilson, and he was ranked by the experts as the third best prospect at the position.
      http://www.drafttek.com/2012-NFL-Draft-Prospect-Rankings/Top-Strong-Safeties.asp

      • Nick619chargers4life

        That’s fine . He isn’t wowing me with anything as of now . Let’s see what happens . I’m tried of the injuries . It’s unacceptable , every year AJ’s draft picks struggle to stay on the field . I think he makes the roster but just like most of AJ’s draft picks I expect him to be depth .

  • Alter Ego

    I hope he has a burning boil going on in his stomach…his next visit to the trainer’s table could be his end as a Bolt. With a swing and miss his previous paid seasons – it’s critical that he delivers on the potential that got him drafted.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Well said. His career as an NFL player is at stake.

  • Mark Viguri

    Never seen a guy get so much pub for never playing every year. I think the Chargers have already moved on.

  • afroamongfew

    I would not be the least bit surprised if he’s left off the 53-man roster. Previous regime’s guy, hasn’t been able to string together a healthy season, could be viewed by the organization as a training camp-only body and get replaced in favor of Darby. I feel bad for the guy, but the lack of info about his progress doesn’t really do him any favors when it comes to projecting where he will wind up on the depth chart this year.

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    Anyone else think gilchrist should move back to corner, with addae replacing him at SS?