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Brandon Taylor: "This is a Big Year for Me"
The first two years of Brandon Taylor’s career haven’t gone as the safety had hoped. He appeared in four games as a rookie in 2012, including two starts, before sustaining a severe knee injury that forced him to the Reserve-Injured list. Last year, he suffered a minor injury toward the end of training camp he says was a small setback. Even though he fully participated in practice for the majority of the year, the safety was inactive on game days as he continued to acclimate himself to the pro game.
Through good times and bad, it’s important for anyone to have a support system no matter his or her vocation, and that is exactly what Taylor has in San Diego. The encouragement of his supporters can be deemed partly responsible for his positive disposition.
“I have had a couple very frustrating years, but I have a lot of good support around here,” he explained. “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.”
Even though everyone wants to ask the 2012 third round pick about his first two seasons, Taylor refuses to lament on the past. Instead he focuses on the future.
“I am looking forward to this season a lot because this is a big year for me,” he explained. “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.”
Still, that doesn’t mean the former LSU star plans on totally disregarding his first couple seasons.
“I can’t just forget my first two years; I have to learn from them,” he said. “Mentally and physically I can learn a lot from them which will help me because this is a job. You have to get it done each and every day, so you can’t make excuses. I try to lead myself away from that. I’m here and I want to make the most of my opportunities, and that includes learning from my first two years.”
So far Taylor is encouraged by the progress he and the team have made over the first couple of OTAs.
“We’ve had some real good practices,” he said. “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!”
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