J.J. Taylor

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

J.J. Taylor News

Logs 19 carries this past season

Taylor finished the 2021 season with 19 carries for 37 yards and two TDs to go along with four catches (on four targets) for eight yards in five games.

Analysis: Though the Patriots' running back group endured some injuries this past season, Taylor didn't see much volume in his second campaign as a pro. He's under contract with New England through 2022, so the 5-foot-6, 185-pounder is in line to reprise a depth role (behind Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson) in the team's backfield next season.

Jan 21, 2022 11:26 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

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

Analysis: With Rhamondre Stevenson back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Taylor is the odd man out Sunday, with Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden also on hand versus Jacksonville.

Jan 2, 2022 8:53 AM EST



Doesn't log any Week 16 snaps

Taylor didn't see any snaps in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Taylor suited up for the contest, with Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but didn't see any action with Damien Harris handling the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work and Brandon Bolden working in a change-of-pace role. Taylor remains off the fantasy radar until or unless the team's backfield depth is further taxed for any reason.

Dec 27, 2021 9:54 AM EST


Suits up Sunday

Taylor is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Taylor is active for the first time since Week 10. However, with Damien Harris likely to handle the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work assuming no setbacks with his hamstring and Brandon Bolden on hand to work in a change-of-pace role, Taylor is a speculative Week 16 lineup option.

Dec 26, 2021 8:45 AM EST


Returns from COVID list

Taylor (undisclosed) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor is present at New England's practice, evidencing that he's fully cleared the league's protocols for COVID-19. Prior to landing on the COVID list, however, Taylor had been a healthy scratch in four of his last five appearances. Unless Damien Harris (hamstring) can't go during Sunday's divisional matchup against the Bills, Tayor could once again be made inactive.

Dec 22, 2021 9:58 AM EST



Lands on COVID list

Taylor has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor has been a healthy scratch for four of the Patriots' last five games, including Sunday's win over the Titans. It remains to be seen if he'll be cleared to play for next Monday's game against the Bills, but unless one of the team's other backs is unavailable, Taylor figures to remain the odd man out in Week 13 even if he is activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Nov 29, 2021 2:49 PM EST


Inactive Sunday

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

Analysis: With Damien Harris (neck) and Rhamondre Stevenson (knee) both active, Brandon Bolden is in line to handle change-of-pace duties for the Patriots in Week 12, while Taylor is the odd man out of the team's backfield equation for now.

Nov 28, 2021 8:49 AM EST


Inactive Thursday night

Taylor is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: With Taylor a healthy scratch Thursday, the Patriots' Week 11 backfield will be comprised of Damien Harris, who's back after a one-game absence, as well as Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden.

Nov 18, 2021 4:10 PM EST


Six carries in Week 10

Taylor, who was on the field for 13 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Browns, carried six times for 11 yards in the contest, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor, who had been a healthy scratch in Weeks 8 and 9, rejoined the Patriots' backfield mix Sunday, with Damien Harris (concussion) unavailable. In the process, he worked behind Rhamondre Stevenson (37 snaps, 20 carries and four catches), while Brandon Bolden recorded 18 snaps, en route to logging three carries and three catches. Whether Taylor suits up for Thursday night's game against the Falcons likely hinges on Harris' status, but either way he's a hit-or-miss fantasy option, while working in a complementary role.

Nov 15, 2021 9:39 AM EST


Suits up in Week 10

Taylor is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: Taylor is back in uniform after being a healthy scratch the last couple of weeks, with Damien Harris (concussion) having been ruled out for the contest. Also in the team's Week 10 backfield mix are Rhamondre Stevenson and Brandon Bolden. In that context, Taylor's workload versus Cleveland is difficult to peg, which makes him a speculative fantasy lineup option this weekend.

Nov 14, 2021 8:49 AM EST


Inactive Sunday

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

Analysis: With Taylor inactive again Sunday, Brandon Bolden and Rhamondre Stevenson will handle change-of-pace/complementary snaps in Week 9 behind New England's top back, Damien Harris.

Nov 7, 2021 8:59 AM EST


Inactive for Week 8

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

Analysis: With Taylor out of the mix Sunday, Brandon Bolden and Rhamondre Stevenson will handle change-of-pace/complementary snaps in Week 8 behind New England's top back, Damien Harris.

Oct 31, 2021 11:56 AM EST


Two late TDs in 54-13 win

Taylor rushed nine times for 21 yards and two touchdowns while catching his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 54-13 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Taylor was effective in mop-up duty, powering in a pair of one-yard rushing touchdowns as the Patriots piled it on in the fourth. Prior to Taylor's touchdowns, Damien Harris scored twice on the ground and Brandon Bolden took a screen pass to the house. Rookie Rhamondre Stephevenson also remains in the mix for carries - though he was inactive for this one - so Taylor's touch floor will remain low in Week 8 against the Chargers.

Oct 24, 2021 3:51 PM EST


In Week 7 mix

Taylor is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Taylor will suit up Sunday, while Rhamondre Stevenson is inactive. Also in uniform Sunday is Brandon Bolden (thigh), with Taylor and Bolden in line to work in change-of-pace/complementary roles behind top back Damien Harris. In that context, Taylor profiles as a fantasy dart in PPR formats.

Oct 24, 2021 8:57 AM EST


Back from groin issue

Taylor (groin) was not on the injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Taylor missed the team's Week 6 contest against the Cowboys after popping up on the injury report Friday. However, he's apparently gotten over the problem, as he returned to a full practice and should be ready for the team's upcoming matchup against the Jets.

Oct 20, 2021 5:38 PM EST


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


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