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Taylor Price can make big plays and take big hits

08.12.11 at 12:48 am ET
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FOXBORO — Sure, Taylor Price made a toe-tapping catch on a pass from Brian Hoyer in the back of the end zone for an impressive touchdown in the first half. Sure, Price caught the ball from Ryan Mallett on a simple 10-yard out pattern and turned it into 40 more in the third quarter, setting another TD scoring drive.

But maybe most impressively, Price bounced right up after taking a couple of big hits in the third quarter, a reminder if you will from the Jaguars, that while you’re having a big game in the preseason, this is still the NFL.

But first things first, Price, a second-year speedster out of Ohio University, caught a pass from Brian Hoyer in the back of the end, tapping his toes just in time for the Patriots’ second touchdown of the game.

“It’s a baseline cut,” Price said. “Hoyer made the right read, put the ball in the spot and I’ve got to get myself in the back of the end zone, tap the feet down and be ready to catch, squeeze the ball and drag the feet.

Interestingly, it was essentially the exact same play he and Hoyer ran in practice earlier this week.

“It’s funny because we had that play in practice the other day and it was almost the same catch and I told him, ‘just like practice.’ He has come a long ways,” Hoyer said. “When it comes to game time, he really turns it on. He caught the one slant, the ball from Ryan and turned it up field for a good gain. He comes to play when he gets the opportunity. I wish I would’ve thrown the ball better to Taylor on the touchdown pass. I have to put it in front of him. That comes with repetition.”

And it’s repetition that really helps Price.

“A lot different,” Price said when asked about the difference now from a year ago. “I just put the time in, put the work in, just knowing the playbook that much more after a year of so-called red-shirt, getting that much more comfortable with the quarterbacks. Just go out there, put it all together and play fast and tough football.”

He certainly was fast on the 50-yard catch and go, which contributed to his 105 yards of receiving on the night. And he was certainly tough, taking a pair of big hits, one on a ball that went through his hands for an interception (later nullified by unnecessary roughness) and one on a punt return. The hit by Courtney Greene at midfield seem to stick to Price as he appeared to get a helmet in the leg. He limped off the field but indicated afterward he was fine.

“I’m alright,” Price said. “You going to take those kind of shots but I bounce back and go onto the next play. It’s football. It’s a contact sport. You’ve got to expect those types of things to happen.”

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