One of the great things about the NFL is that it requires players of all shapes and sizes to contribute in order to take a team to the championship.
While Brown, recently acquired from the Las Vegas Raiders in Jon Gruden’s bizarre teardown of the offensive line, Taylor was found on the UDFA scrap heap, though his quick change of direction ability helped make him a favorite of Bill Belichick and position coach Ivan Fears.
Patriots beat writers were expecting to get Taylor’s perspective this week on the new offense and, perhaps, the quarterback dilemma that has hung over training camp, but Brown turned up instead.
With the microphone set up to accommodate the vertically challenged Taylor, Brown did his best to adapt, going down into a split to stand closer to the mic.
For a guy as big as Brown is, I have to say that is some impressive lower-body flexibility. No wonder it’s impossible to get by him in pass protection.
Trent Brown and JJ Taylor should help the Patriots from very different angles.
With Marcus Cannon now in Houston and the New England offensive line still not in great shape right now, Brown will be trusted to provide stability and quality to a unit that could stand to take a step forward this season. Based on his comments during this comical press conference, he sounds happy to be here.
Brown claims that he is having fun playing football again after returning to the team that made him a champion, claiming that he feels like New England reciprocates the feeling that he matters there. A motivated Brown playing at the very top of his game is going to be one heck of a challenge for opposing teams to overcome.
One of the best-kept offensive secrets in Taylor, meanwhile, could capitalize on the fact that Sony Michel may not return to his old self, James White is getting older, and Rex Burkhead is gone. Good luck trying to find the diminutive, speedy Taylor when he runs behind his mammoth offensive tackle in Brown.
Brown might be the most gargantuan human being in a league designed to reward the gargantuan, while Taylor is as tall as a good chunk of the viewers watching the Patriots at home, but both of them are expected to fill roles on a Patriots team with playoff aspirations.