J.J. Taylor

New England Patriots
Running Back #42
New England Patriots
Running Back #42

J.J. Taylor News

Inactive Sunday

Taylor (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: With Taylor unavailable, Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden will handle the Patriots' Week 6 backfield duties.

Oct 17, 2021 12:09 PM EST

Added to injury report

Taylor (groin) listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Taylor was added to the Patriots' Week 6 injury report Friday after being limited by a groin injury during the team's final practice of the week. Also listed as questionable for Sunday's contest is lead back Damien Harris (ribs), leaving Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden as the team's healthiest backfield options heading into the weekend.

Oct 15, 2021 3:06 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Taylor is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: With Taylor not in the mix Sunday, Brandon Bolden figures to handle the bulk of the Patriots' Week 5 change-of-pace looks behind lead back Damien Harris, with Rhamondre Stevenson also a candidate to mix in.

Oct 10, 2021 8:53 AM EST

Fumbles in Week 4

Taylor logged four of a possible 59 snaps on offense in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Buccaneers, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: In the process, Taylor finished with one carry for zero yards and one catch for zero yards, while Brandon Bolden (19 snaps, six catches) continued to earn the bulk of the Patriots' change-of-pace looks behind lead back Damien Harris, with James White (hip) on IR. More importantly, the idea that Taylor could be destined for a higher profile in New England's offense may need to be put on hold for the short term after he recorded a costly second-half fumble in Tampa Bay territory. With that in mind, it's possible that Rhamondre Stevenson, who has been a healthy scratch of late, could re-enter the team's backfield mix in Week 5 versus Houston.

Oct 4, 2021 10:19 AM EST

Could see role expand

With James White (hip) expected to miss the rest of the season, Taylor is a candidate to see added work in the Patriots' offense, Matt Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's worth noting that in Week 3, at least, it was Brandon Bolden -- normally a core special teamer -- who handled the bulk of the team's change-of-pace duties in the immediate aftermath of White's injury. That said, we suspect Bolden's experience and ability in pass-protection gave him the edge as an in-game fill-in option. However, in the coming weeks, we expect both Taylor and power back Rhamondre Stevenson to have an opportunity to log extra snaps as well, especially if one or both can prove capable of handling blocking assignments. In that context, the 5-foot-6, 185-pound Taylor could see enough touches to emerge as an option in deeper PPR formats behind top back Damien Harris.

Sep 30, 2021 9:29 AM EST

One carry in Week 3

Taylor was on the field for 10 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Saints, en route to carrying once for two yards and catching both of his targets for three yards.

Analysis: With James White having suffered a hip injury that's expected to cost him some time, Taylor's profile in the Patriots offense could expand in the coming weeks, but it's worth noting that in Week 3 at least, it was Brandon Bolden (33 snaps) -- normally a core special-teamer -- who handled the bulk of the team's change-of-duties after White (six snaps) exited Sunday's contest. That said, Taylor could be worth a speculative add in deeper PPR formats to see if the team's future game plans are designed get the ball in his hands more often in White's anticipated absence.

Sep 27, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Logs five snaps in Week 2

Taylor was on the field for five of a possible 58 snaps on offense in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As expected, in his regular-season debut Taylor worked behind both James White (29 snaps) and Damien Harris (24 snaps), while recording two carries for three yards. As long as both White and Harris remain available, steady volume will be hard to come by for whichever player (be it Taylor or Rhamondre Stevenson) serves as the team's No. 3 RB option.

Sep 20, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Active for Week 2

Taylor is active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: With Taylor active Sunday, 2021 fourth-rounder Rhamondre Stevenson is the odd man out, while Damien Harris is in line to serve as the Patriots' lead back, with James White handling change-of-pace duties. In that context, Taylor figures to mix in versus the Jets, but he's a speculative fantasy play as long as both Harris and White are available.

Sep 19, 2021 8:49 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Taylor is inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins.

Analysis: With Taylor inactive Sunday, Damien Harris, James White, Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden are in line to handle the Patriots' Week 1 backfield duties. Taylor figures to enter the team's lineup down the road, however, once injuries hit.

Sep 12, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Carving out opportunity

With Sony Michel having been traded to the Rams, Taylor's chances of making an impact in New England's backfield have increased, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to Michel being moved, Taylor's roster spot looked much less secure, but the 5-foot-6, 185-pounder has looked good this summer and appears poised to stick as a shifty change-of-pace option behind top back Damien Harris. With pass-catching stalwart James White, power back Rhamondre Stevenson and special-teams ace Brandon Bolden also in the mix, Taylor doesn't have a path to steady volume, but the Arizona product has flashed playmaking ability when given touches and could emerge as a fantasy factor as the season progresses when injuries hit New England's backfield, or when game scripts favor his style of running.

Aug 25, 2021 8:52 AM EST

Rushes for 93 yards

Taylor carried 12 times for 93 yards and a TD and caught all three of his targets for 18 yards in Thursday's 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: With Damien Harris, James White, Sony Michel, Rhamondre Stevenson and special teams ace Brandon Bolden also in the team's backfield mix, the Patriots have some tough roster choices to make in advance of final cut-downs. Listed by the team at 5-foot-6, 185 pounds, Taylor isn't really suited for a key early-down role, but if he's able to stick -- either on the final roster heading into Week 1 or as a practice squad member -- the Arizona product could occasionally make his mark as a change-of-pace option on weeks that he's made active.

Aug 20, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Could be busy Thursday

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com suggests that Taylor could log plenty of second-half action in Thursday's preseason opener versus Washington.

Analysis: Whereas we'd expect roster locks like Damien Harris, Sony Michel and James White to have their preseason reps limited, Taylor is fighting for depth chart slotting with rookie Rhamondre Stevenson and special team's ace Brandon Bolden. The second-year back out of Arizona thus figures to see his share of touches during New England's exhibition slate, as he tries to secure a change-of-pace role heading in Week 1.

Aug 11, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Logs 23 carries in 2020

Taylor finished the 2020 season with 23 carries for 110 yards and a TD and one catch for four yards on two targets in six games.

Analysis: Taylor, who the Patriots signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona, saw limited opportunities as a rookie, but the 5-foot-6, 185-pounder could see an increased change-of-pace role in 2021, depending on the team's offseason approach to the running back position. With that in mind, both James White and Rex Burkhead are eligible for free agency.

Jan 5, 2021 10:21 AM EST

Records 38 rushing yards

Taylor carried six times for 38 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: With Damien Harris (ankle) inactive, Taylor logged 16 of a possible 50 snaps on offense Monday, while working behind Sony Michel and pass-catching back James White. Taylor's 28-yard run in the second quarter of the contest was one of the few bright spots for New England's offense Monday, but it remains to seen how much he'll be involved in the team's season finale, especially if Harris returns to the backfield mix in Week 17.

Dec 29, 2020 5:57 AM EST

Suiting up for Week 16

Taylor (quadricep) is active heading into Monday night's game against Buffalo.

Analysis: Taylor was considered questionable coming into the divisional tilt after being kept to limited participation throughout the preceding practice week. An appearance against the Bills would represent a second in as many weeks for the 22-year-old, and a fifth total game appearance this season. Taylor, an Arizona product, saw his highest level of offensive involvement Week 3 against the Raiders when he registered 43 yards on 11 carries. He may not garner so many opportunities against the Bills, with both Sony Michel and James White active for the showdown.

Dec 28, 2020 4:05 PM EST

Carries questionable tag

Taylor (quadricep) is questionable for Monday's game versus the Bills, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor battled through this injury last week. With a week of limited practices behind him, Taylor is on the right track for Monday night's matchup against the Bills. The 22-year-old running back played just five snaps on offense last week; he'll likely handle a similar role this week as long as Damien Harris (ankle) is active.

Dec 26, 2020 1:30 PM EST

Logs limited practice Thursday

Taylor (quadriceps) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor was among 20 Patriots listed as limited Thursday, and it remains to be seen how serious his quad injury is. The rookie has played a limited role on offense this season, but he could see some extra snaps -- if he's able to suit up -- over the final two contests now that New England has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Dec 24, 2020 2:54 PM EST

Logs five snaps in Week 15

Taylor carried once for two yards in Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: With Damien Harris (ankle) inactive for the contest, Taylor had a chance to see his first game action since Week 3, en route to logging five snaps on offense. Though he's firmly behind Harris, Sony Michel and James White on Patriots' RB depth chart, it's possible that Taylor could see some extra touches over the team's last two games, with New England having been eliminated from the playoffs as a result of Sunday's loss.

Dec 21, 2020 12:35 PM EST

Active for Week 15

Taylor (quadriceps) will play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Taylor will make his first appearance since Week 3, as he's dealt with injury and illness this season. With Damien Harris (ankle) ruled out of the game, Taylor is expected to handle a clear No. 3 role at running back for the game behind Sony Michel and James White.

Dec 20, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Pegged as questionable

Taylor (quadriceps) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

Analysis: Taylor hasn't played since Week 3. He was a limited participant in practice all week, but that's been a consistent theme lately with no effect on his game time status. If he's able to suit up, he'll simply add depth in the backfield behind Damien Harris (ankle) and James White (foot), both of whom are also questionable.

Dec 18, 2020 12:35 PM EST

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