"I kind of feel like a freshman, walking around campus and trying to find my way, not knowing where the dorm is, where the cafeteria is," he said when speaking to the media after workouts today.
The nine-year vet may be in an unfamiliar setting, but he is anything but a rookie. Taylor was signed by the Seahawks to be a veteran influence in a secondary littered with young, talented players who are just getting their NFL legs underneath them.
"He brings great experience, a winning tradition in Philly, his size and he knows how to win. It's good to have him on that corner,” S Ken Hamlin told the assembled media.
Hamlin, rookie S Michael Boulware, second-year CB Marcus Trufant, and third-year CB Ken Lucas are all players who will see significant time this season in the Seahawks’ secondary and Taylor knows he was brought in because of his leadership as well as his abilities.
"The guys here have welcomed me with open arms," he said. "Mike Holmgren made clear this was a place he felt I would be comfortable and that I could help the ballclub out with a young secondary."
"I'm just going to do what I can, but not be overbearing because that's not my personality," Taylor said. "When guys ask questions, I'll just try to be as honest with them as possible about some of the things I've experienced."
Another reason Taylor was happy to head 3,000 miles west of Philadelphia, who drafted him in the second round of the 1995 draft, was because of the presence of defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, who was the Eagles’ head coach when Taylor arrived as a rookie.
"We have a relationship that's about more than football, off the field," Taylor said. "He played a big part in me coming out here and signing with the team."
Hamlin for one is glad to have Taylor around.
"I was petitioning for him to get here," Hamlin said. "I'm glad to have him here. He's a good friend of mine."
Bates ready to go: Much has been made of the middle linebacker spot in the Seahawks’ defense. Second-year man Solomon Bates is one of the candidates up for the spot and he made it clear how he expects the situation to be resolved.
“I expect to start,” Bates said. “I’m healthy and it all falls to performance and how it comes out on the field.”
Tubbs update: According to published reports, the status of DT Marcus Tubbs is still up in the air as he tends to his sick mother back in Texas.
It is said that the Hawks and Tubbs’ agents are close on terms of the contract the rookie will sign, and it is likely to be finished within the next day or two. The issue right now is the number of voidable years the team is willing to include in the contract, something they have historically not done, but have seemed to warm-up to as Michael Boulware’s contract voids from five to four years if he meets incentives.
Tubbs is one of seven unsigned
first-round draft choices as teams are now in their first full week of practices.