- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Washington Redskins’ defense might have tumbled from ninth to 31st in the NFL and Sean Taylor might have had a down year, but the highly publicized free safety will play in his first Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Taylor, the NFC’s first alternate, was selected for Hawaii yesterday when the Philadelphia Eagles’ Brian Dawkins withdrew because of personal reasons. The Redskins’ top choice in the 2004 draft (fifth overall) was embroiled in controversy on and off the field during his first two seasons.

That changed off the field for Taylor in 2006, but his play slumped with the departure of former strong safety Ryan Clark to Pittsburgh. Washington tried Adam Archuleta, Troy Vincent and Vernon Fox alongside Taylor, who was credited with a team-high 111 tackles but didn’t deliver as many of his trademark big hits. Taylor also intercepted only one pass.

Taylor, who will become the first Redskins safety to play in a Pro Bowl since Mark Murphy in 1983, joins offensive tackle Chris Samuels, a four-time selection in Hawaii.

David Elfin

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