The defensive lineman showed tremendous ability in his second year before an injury cut his 2018 season short. Vincent Taylor is a player who will benefit from the scheme change. The change will allow him to show off more of the ability he has. He will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent, as his workload will increase as a result of the teardown of the defensive line this off-season.
Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew, when healthy, and the buzz around him will continue to grow when he’s back on the field. For someone his size, the athletic ability he possesses is rare. A preseason sack on a stunt perfectly emulates the ability he has to disrupt plays and push the middle of the pocket back into the opposing team’s quarterback.
By the 2008 offseason, Peters had already established himself as a starter and even made his first Pro Bowl in 2007. He signed an extension in 2006, but quickly outplayed the $4 million average per year that deal was paying him. Peters wanted a new contract and he held out the entire spring and summer of 2008, getting fined about $650,000 by the Bills in the process. The holdout was orchestrated by late mega agent Eugene Parker and Peters’ longtime agent Vincent Taylor of Elite Loyalty Sports. Peters ended his holdout in early September.
Dick Jauron, Bills head coach 2006-09: He was clearly, if not the best tackle in football, he was well on his way to being that. He had an unbelievable combination of size, strength and athletic ability. Uncanny for a man that big to be that fast, that quick, that tough. It was just a remarkable combination. Clearly, we had no desire to lose this player. From our side, the coaching side, and also from the front office side. They just couldn’t get it done. I’m not into those issues on that (business) side, but the football issues, we had none with him. Except, if he’s not on the field, he’s not helping us. Eventually, we had to do something.
Banner: I actually noticed his development and that he was involved in this contract dispute with the Bills. Went back to Howie and then Andy and said, ‘remember this guy? There might be an opportunity to take advantage of this dispute he’s in. What do you think?’ They said, ‘nothing to lose by calling.’
Mark Gaughan, The Buffalo News: Eugene Parker told me, at the time, that the market needed to be reset at offensive tackle in terms of the top salaries. The biggest deals had been two or three years beforehand. That was their perspective. That if you were negotiating based on the top tackle deals, that’s an off-base perspective because over the next couple of years, the tackle deals were going to take a dramatic jump up, just because of the timing of when the current top tackles in the league had signed. I think, in my opinion, Eugene determined that the Bills weren’t going to be willing to reset the market at tackle, either through early negotiations with them and the Bills’ track record in that time period of not really being a team that reset the market. That was going to be the key to the negotiations.
Vincent Taylor, Peters’ longtime agent: Respectfully, as a business, what he was as a football player wasn’t economically matching up. We just made a decision to not go to camp. We had been trying to get to the point where we could negotiate and we couldn’t get to that point. Just trying to minimize injury and things of that nature. We just came to a conclusion that he would withhold services until we could get it worked out.
Banner: There was clearly a problem. My recollection, which may not be 100 percent, was that our first call came after reading a lot of coverage about how he was determined to get a better deal, they weren’t really getting along, didn’t know if it was going to get worked out or if he was going to hold out. Once he came back on the radar screen, which was really through this contract dispute … Once we started to see the percolation of disagreement publicly, we were very much paying attention and strategizing on how we could position ourselves to get him.
Taylor: It was one of those things where the team said they didn’t want to negotiate if he wasn’t there. So at some point, I mean, he was making money that season that we didn’t want to miss out on. It was smart for us to come back and get that accrued season.
He was the number #123 ranked defensive lineman. He would have been more fantasy relevant if he had played more games. Based on average fantasy points he was the #57 defensive lineman. We split his 8 games into 3 segments (start, middle, and end). He showed improvement from his start of the season to the middle of his season, but then his production dropped off. In his middle 3 games he averaged 4.5 fantasy points which was higher than his start (2.5 FP) and his ending average (2.5 FP). He is still relatively young, so his late season drop-off should not be an indicator of an overall downward trend heading into next season. He averaged 3.2 FPs, but on any given day his projected ceiling is as high as 7 fantasy points. Vincent Taylor (2019 Season Projection: 35 Solo, 16 Ast, 4.7 Sacks, 0.6 PDs) is projected to improve in the upcoming season. His rank based on total projected fantasy points has him as the #60 player at his position.
The Dolphins need more growth from young players beyond this list to complete the rebuild, but these players showing marked improvement in 2019 and staying healthy is step one. Look for many young players to prove to the new regime they belong on the 53 man roster in 2019 and beyond.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 02: Kalen Ballage #27 of the Miami Dolphins heads to the locker room before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)