Despite all that, Del Rio made it obvious as the team wrapped up its final OTA on June 21 that Taylor is still very much in the Jaguars' plans. Del Rio is looking for the team to have more explosive runs this year and Taylor figures to be a big part of that.
"We're going to be able to run the ball. We're going to have an explosive quality to us. We've got the ability to strike from longer distances," he said.
Chiefs WR Dante Hall should be ready to go by the opening of training camp after tearing a ligament in his thumb during offseason drills. Had the injury happened during the regular season, Hall might have missed a month to six weeks of playing time.
Meanwhile, Eagles WR Jeremy Bloom, the Olympic moguls skier who Philadelphia took in the fifth round of the draft, sat out a good portion of the team's spring minicamps due to hamstring problems. But coach Andy Reid said he should be fine by the start of training camp on July 20.
"It looks that way right now, yeah," Reid said. "We will see how he does. It looks like he will be able to do that." The Eagles drafted Bloom mainly as a punt returner.
Detroit rookie LB Ernie Sims is considered a perfect fit for the weak-side position but he will have to win the confidence of coach Rod Marinelli and defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson before he gets the job.
Titans DB Vincent Fuller, a safety who missed all but two games of his rookie season because of a broken right leg, is expected to be the team's nickelback, a vital role in Tennessee's defense. Fuller qualifies as the new brand of hybrid, a safety with enough size to dish out big hits who moves well enough to work as a corner, staying with a receiver on a route.
Tennessee WR Bobby Wade had some memorable struggles as a return man in Chicago, but a good share of his problems were weather-related and odds are he won't face 45 mph winds in Nashville.
"There were some tough times," admitted Wade, who's become popular with his coaches, teammates and the media since joining Tennessee late last season. "My confidence isn't shaken at all, if anything it's a lot better.
"To have somebody back there who really wants to do it as opposed to a guy who has to do it is a big difference. Ups or downs, I want to be back there."
QB Jay Fiedler had a workout last week with Tampa Bay. Fiedler, who started in Miami from 2000 to 2004, spent almost all of last season on injured reserve with the New York Jets because of a shoulder injury.