Punter / Halfback Jay Taylor exploded for four yards in last weekend's action
against Barcelona, but even his sudden running prowess took a back seat this
week to the continued emergence of TE Chad Mustard in NFL Europe.
Mustard started at tight end for the Rhein Fire and made a significant
contribution to the Fire's 33-7 pummeling of Dimitrius Breedlove and the
Barcelona Dragons. The win locked up a spot in the World Bowl for the Fire,
which has both Mustard and Taylor in starting roles. The World Bowl, which takes
place in Scotland next Saturday, will also feature the Frankfurt Galaxy and
Browns cornerback Kalvin Pearson.
Mustard led the Fire in receiving with four catches for 48 yards. Although he
didn't score this week, Saturday's effort was Mustard's most significant
involvement in the Fire's offense to date. Three weeks ago, Mustard caught a
two-point conversion, followed by a touchdown the week after. The North Dakota
product appears to have improved throughout the NFL Europe season, and has the
size and hands to be able to challenge for a spot on the Browns 2003 roster.
After last week's signing activity, however, the Browns are already have Darnell
Sanders, Steve Heiden, and Aaron Shea at the TE and H-Back spot. The Browns also
have Rod Monroe listed on the roster at TE.
Jay Taylor continued his punting chores for the Fire and had a better
statistical line this week. Taylor punted twice for 78 yards, with a long of 52.
Both punts landed inside the 20-yard line. Towards the end of the game, however,
Taylor was forced to run the ball out deep in Fire territory on a
fourth-and-fourteen, resulting in the above-mentioned four-yard run and a
turnover close to their own end zone. The mishap led to the Dragons only score
of the day.
Dimitrius Breedlove also had a better statistical line on the day, with two
catches for 27 yards.
Finally, Kalvin Pearson did not start for the Frankfurt Galaxy, but saw
action, which included four tackles and an 11-yard quarterback sack.