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Beleaguered Taylor has new attitude

Associated Press

Smiling and unusually congenial, safety Sean Taylor reported to Washington Redskins training camp, ending an off-season in which he snubbed his coaches and got arrested in Florida.

“I’m happy to be back,” Taylor said as he walked to his car after taking a required conditioning test with the team’s training staff.

Taylor sported a different look and different attitude, at least in the few seconds he was exposed to reporters.

He wore his hair tightly braided under a baseball cap, with green shirt and white baggy shorts. He smiled as reporters walked with him and even paused in his car to gave one photographer extra time to take his picture – a gesture unimaginable when Taylor was boycotting the media for much of last year.

Taylor said he would speak more at length today, when the Redskins hold their first practices.

Being cooperative won’t end Taylor’s troubles, however. He is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault with a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of simple battery stemming from a June 1 confrontation near his Miami home. His trial is set for Sept. 12, the day after the Redskins open the regular season.

Even before his arrest, Taylor upset coach Joe Gibbs by staying away from the team’s off-season meetings and practices. Taylor and Gibbs had a long overdue face-to-face meeting Saturday.

“What he said to me made sense, made me feel good as far as the mistakes he’s made, what he had to say about it,” Gibbs said. “I’m not going to elaborate on what we talked about, but I thought it was a good coach-player conversation.”

Gibbs reiterated that the Redskins will follow the NFL’s lead in deciding whether to discipline Taylor for the arrest, and the league won’t act until the case has made its way through the legal system.

Boldin signs extension

The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a contract extension with receiver Anquan Boldin that would keep him with the team through the 2010 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Two seasons ago, Boldin was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year after setting an NFL record for rookies with 101 receptions, tying the team record for any receiver.

Last year, Boldin injured his right knee early in training camp, underwent arthroscopic surgery and missed the first six games. He wound up with 56 catches for 623 yards and one TD.

Falcons sign White

The Atlanta Falcons signed first-round draft pick Roddy White to a five-year deal.

White, a wide receiver from Alabama-Birmingham, missed the first six days and nine practices of training camp before agreeing to terms.

White was expected to compete with Dez White for a starting job, but Falcons coach Jim Mora has noted the rookie has fallen behind by missing almost a week.

White, who led the nation last year with 1,452 receiving yards, was the 27th overall pick.

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