NFL Notes: Despite health risks, Giants giving Taylor chance

NFL Notes: Despite health risks, Giants giving Taylor chance
May 19, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Many teams might be skeptical to draft a player who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition during his college playing days.

The Giants, however, are giving one a chance in rookie safety Cooper Taylor.

Taylor, while playing at Georgia Tech, was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. It's an issue that involves the electrical pathways in the heart.

“When it comes to heart conditions,” Cooper told the New York Daily News (via ProFootballTalk), “it’s a good one to have because they can fix it 100 percent.”

Taylor underwent a procedure that would not prevent him from playing again.

“A lot of teams wanted to make sure that I had all the doctors’ records,” Taylor said. “So I was travelling with a stack of notes and papers that I had from the best doctors in Atlanta and whoever I was seeing up in Richmond when I transferred that said the heart pathways have been fixed and there should be no other problems. So any team that needed it, I had that information right there for them.”

The Giants drafted Taylor in the fifth round.

Moore, Broncos put blunder behind them
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos have moved on, even if their fans haven't.

That includes Rahim Moore, the safety whose big blunder led to Denver's heart-wrenching loss in the playoffs four months ago.

The Broncos gather Monday for their first full practice since that fateful, frigid night in Denver when Moore allowed Jacoby Jones' 70-yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco in the final minute of regulation in the divisional game the Baltimore Ravens won in double overtime on their way to winning the Super Bowl.

Although there was plenty of blame to go around, Moore took the brunt of public criticism along with coach John Fox for his decision to have Peyton Manning take a knee afterward and take his chances in overtime.

Many fans wondered if Moore could ever play in Denver again after his gaffe, akin to Bill Buckner's ball-through-the-legs moment in the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets.

The Broncos, however, are sticking with the third-year pro who remains the starter at free safety.

"I think he's over it; I think we're all over it, you know," Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio told The Associated Press. "I think we all look back and see things that we could have done better. We also look back with a great deal of pride in what we accomplished. We played some very good defense and he was central to that. So, we want to feel good about what went well. We want to feel the sting of what went bad. And we want to get ready to be better this year," (see full story).

- The Associated Press

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