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Denver Broncos roster: NT Phil Taylor could reboot his career in Denver

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Low risk, high reward is a bit of an offseason cliché. But it's the perfect description of the Taylor signing.

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It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but now through August, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.

First round picks and the Cleveland Browns just don't seem to work out well. In the case of former Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor, multiple injuries derailed his career - but he may be able to reboot his football life with the Broncos this season.

Name: Phil Taylor
Position: NT
Height: 6'3"   Weight: 335  
Age: 28   Experience: 5
College: Baylor

Taylor's NFL career started in 2011. He was the 21st overall pick in that draft and had a great rookie season. Taylor played all 16 games in 2011 and racked up 59 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble. However, like so many promising NFL stories, Taylor's career soon stalled due to injury.

In 2012 the nose tackle missed several games recovering from a torn pectoral muscle. The real concern for Taylor, however, is his right knee. He has had two surgeries on this knee and it's anyone's guess if he will ever be the disruptive player he was before sustaining this injury.

Taylor did not play the entire 2015 season after agreeing to an injury settlement with the Browns last fall. The Broncos signed Taylor this February.

The good: Taylor is a veteran player who would be a great addition to any defensive line when he's healthy. The Broncos lost some star defensive players this offseason and could use some veteran depth while the rookies are finding their way. The Broncos are not the only ones who have shown interest in Taylor since his release last September. Taylor worked out with the Steelers, Ravens and Vikings before signing with the Broncos. Yes, yes, those teams didn't sign him - probably because of these injury concerns - but there's really no downside in the Broncos giving Taylor a shot at a roster spot.

The bad: Injuries. Taylor missed 20 games in four seasons with the Browns. His injuries might be healed or they may linger and force him into retirement. We just don't know right now. Tom Heckert, current director of pro personnel for the Broncos, was with the Browns when they drafted Taylor. He must still believe in Taylor's potential, or I doubt the defensive lineman would be with the Broncos right now.

Roster status: If Taylor plays well in training camp and no repeat injury red flags pop up, it seems likely Taylor will make the team. He's certainly giving Darius Kilgo some extra motivation this offseason.