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Ravens work out former Cleveland Brown NT Phil Taylor

Cleveland's Phil Taylor (#98), center, reacts after he jumped offside during a fourth and three play giving the Ravens a first down in the fourth quarter of a game in 2011. Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns by sco
Cleveland's Phil Taylor (#98), center, reacts after he jumped offside during a fourth and three play giving the Ravens a first down in the fourth quarter of a game in 2011. Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns by sco (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

The Ravens don't have an obvious need for a defensive lineman, but that didn't stop them from taking a look at a player that they've long respected.

Nose tackle Phil Taylor, a first-round pick in 2011 by the Cleveland Browns, worked out for the team on Tuesday. He wasn't immediately signed.

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The workout was first reported by ESPN.

Taylor, a run stuffer who is 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, played with the Browns from 2011 to 2014, starting 42 games during that span. He played just five games last year after having knee surgery. The Browns then cut him before the start of this season.

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A Washington native who played his high school football at Gwynn Park, Taylor worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers following his release by the Browns but he wasn't signed.

The Ravens have one of the best nose tackles in the NFL in Brandon Williams and they also have young defensive linemen, Timmy Jernigan, Carl Davis, Kapron Lewis-Moore. However, the Ravens work out players regularly and maintain a list of available players at each position in case of injuries on their 53-man roster.

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