Ravens Franchise James Taylor

Baltimore locks up Defensive End/Folk Singer
By "Tole Dastorie"

Off-Season 2319 (Baltimore, MD) - Typically franchise player tags are signed after training camps, which makes the timing of the Baltimore Ravens signing of Defensive End James Taylor a little curious.

'Well,' declared GM Mark Thul, 'James has come out of nowhere and proven he's deserving. We expect great things from him.'

Taylor was selected with the 55th waiver selection of the 2316 season, making him the 119th player selected overall that year.

'I had a poor combine,' stated James. 'but to be honest, I needed to work harder than I did in college. Baltimore has shown me how to be a professional.'

His work-out sessions with strength and agility coach Vernon Slater have yielded uncanny results. 'His acceleration took a huge leap when we focused on it, and then it just kept going,' commented Slater. 'And across the board, he just looks to keep growing!'

In addition, Taylor has been a great locker-room presence. He routinely plays his guitar and belts out favorites like 'Fire and Rain' and 'Sweet Baby James.'