This is an exciting time of the year for NFL players, as many adjusting to new surroundings, teammates and schemes. It is a time when the players are soaking up all of the information they can, and are eagerly showing off what they can do on the field.
Missing out on the meetings and practices can be devastating for a young player trying to make the team in the fall. Unfortunately, this is exactly what is in store for the Miami Dolphins’ second-round draft pick, Jamar Taylor.
Taylor was the first of three defensive backs taken by the Dolphins in last April’s draft, and the team is hoping to see him earn a starting job this fall. This would have been a challenging task for the 5-foot-11 corner, who played his college ball at Boise State University, in the Mountain West Conference. This is important simply because of the difference in talent between the Mountain West and say, the SEC.
Taylor was not asked to match up with the best receivers in college football on a weekly basis, and right or wrong, this makes him missing OTAs something of a big deal.
The scouting reports on Taylor are all strong, and they point to a player of high intelligence and great potential. He could be just fine without the on-field experience, but coming into a new system in a critical position for the Dolphins, he will have to work his tail off just to catch up to the other players trying to win the starting jobs.
The exact cause behind Tuesday’s surgery is unclear at this time, but the standard recovery time is around 4-6 weeks, which will cost Taylor not only this month’s OTAs, but also the Dolphins’ mini-camp that will be held in June.
The Dolphins spent their second pick on Taylor and are high on the young man’s future in South Florida, but he his road to a starting job just became much more difficult. The franchise and the fans will get a good idea of what Taylor is made of before it is all said and done.
Jeff Everette covers the NFL, specifically the Miami Dolphins, for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jeverettesports, “like” his page on Facebook, “Trust” him on Sulia, or join his circles on Google+.