Vikings RB Chester Taylor spent the first 4 years of his career sharing the field with Browns RB Jamal Lewis when the pair was in the Baltimore Raven’s backfield. Lewis was the team’s workhorse and Taylor was the team’s #2 back, and together they anchored a Ravens rushing attack that ranked #1 in the NFL in 2003.
In 2006, Brad Childress’ 1st year as Vikings Head Coach, Taylor signed a free agent contract in Minnesota. And although he went on to rush for 1,216 yards in 2006 and then team with Adrian Peterson to form perhaps the best RB tandem in the NFL, Taylor won’t forget the help he got from Lewis while the two were in Baltimore together.
“That’s what veterans do, they help young guys,” Taylor said. “And he did a great job of helping me out as far as pass blocking, reading the runs and reading the holes. He was there for me.”
The same could be said of Taylor with regard to Peterson. When #28 came into the league, Taylor took on the additional challenge of assisting Peterson in his development, following the same approach Lewis took with him in Baltimore.
On Sunday in Cleveland, Taylor and Lewis will share the field once again. During the game they’ll be on opposite sidelines, but Taylor says that before the game he’ll be sure to seek Lewis out and chat with his old teammate.
“Oh yeah, we’ve got to chop it up a little bit,” Taylor said. “We’re still cool.”
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