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After years of being right, Taylor sees what's left

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
DAVIE, Fla. -- Maybe left cornerback Will Allen and left defensive end Kendall Langford should bake Jason Taylor some cookies or bring him a fruit basket to, you know, welcome him to the neighborhood.

A fixture for so many years at right defensive end, Taylor is getting used to his new address at left outside linebacker for the Miami Dolphins.

The left side "was never home," Taylor said Saturday when asked why moving from one side to the other has been such an adjustment. "I've gone over there and made plays from over there. But it was never home."

He is the NFL's active leader with 120.5 career sacks but will turn 35 in September. To come back to the Dolphins, he had to be willing to switch sides because reigning AFC sackmaster Joey Porter is the right outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.

Taylor likely won't play every down. He'll compete for snaps with Canadian Football League phenom Cameron Wake and incumbent starter Matt Roth.

Taylor played left defensive end for the Washington Redskins last year and struggled to fit in. He finished with 3.5 sacks.

"I always spent a lot more time on the right end," Taylor said. "Based on my size, I was more fit to be a right end in the 4-3 system that we played than I was to be a left end. When you do something over and over for eight years, you become more comfortable."

Even though the position switch aggravated Taylor in Washington, he said he has been finding his way throughout organized team activities and minicamp.

He looked the part of a diligent worker after Saturday's early minicamp session. He kept toweling sweat from his bald head even though he'd just gotten out of the cold tub.

"You have to work at it," he said. "We all like to go out there and compete and win. Sometimes, when you're starting a new position, you're going to lose some plays. You're going to lose some snaps. That's part of the growing process.

"You can't let that get you down and beat your confidence up. You know that you can do it and you're trying to perfect it over time. So we have to take losses out here so we can grow and win on Sundays."