The two veterans have missed five combined games a the stretch in which the Steelers defensive backs have played their best ball of the season.
“I’m feeling fresh but just watching my young guys go from third, fourth and fifth guys on the depth chart to first, second and third guys on the depth chart, that’s exciting,” Taylor said, “just seeing these young guys grow and make plays in game.”
Taylor has not played since coming out of the Steelers’ Dec. 7 win at Cincinnati after giving up an 81-yard touchdown catch to Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. The Steelers have held the 12th-year veteran out of the last three games because of forearm and shoulder injuries.
Taylor, who appears to be healthy enough to return, said he is fine with whatever the Steelers need him to do to win -- even if that means accepting a reduced role.
“I’m the coach, dad, player role. I’m the big-brother role,” Taylor said. “I’m whatever you need off the field role. If you need anything on the field before the game hey I’m going to Wal-Mart. That’s just the kind of bond we have.”