|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 204 lb.|
|Born:||February 18, 1992|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
The Vikings released Taylor on Tuesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Taylor joined the Vikings in April and briefly appeared to have earned the team's No. 3 wideout gig, but was ultimately unable to stick. With Taylor gone, Chad Beebe is the favorite for the third receiver role behind Adam Thielen (general soreness) and Stefon Diggs.
Taylor didn't play in Thursday's preseason win over New Orleans until the fourth quarter, which may indicate he's fallen down the depth chart, Chad Graff reports. Taylor had one reception for five yards on his lone target.
Analysis: Taylor was seen as the early leader for the third-receiver role after spring workouts, but there hasn't been as much buzz about him in training camp. Chad Beebe looks to have passed him for the third-receiver role, but it's still early in the preseason.
Taylor may have the early lead on the competition for Minnesota's third-receiver role, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He's impressed coaches and also has a head start since he's previously worked with Vikings assistant head coach-offensive advisor Gary Kubiak's offensive system.
Analysis: The competition for the third receiver job is fairly wide open with Laquon Treadwell's struggles last season. However, the Vikings offense rarely utilizes the third receiver with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs getting almost all the targets, plus second-round draft pick tight end Irv Smith Jr. may function as a defacto third receiver.
Taylor signed a one-year contract with the Vikings on Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Taylor missed the 2018 season with a hip injury, but he'll get another chance with the Vikings this year. In two seasons with the Broncos, Taylor caught 29 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings have a talented set of receivers led by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, so Taylor fits in as a depth asset and will need to contribute on special teams.
Taylor has workouts scheduled with the Vikings on Monday and the Seahawks on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Taylor spent last season with the Broncos but never had his contract tendered, making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He's coming off a hip surgery that knocked him out of the entire 2018 campaign, so these workouts could be his opportunity to show two teams in search of wide receiver depth that he's fully healthy and ready to contribute once again.
Taylor isn't expected to be tendered a contract by the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Taylor is a restricted free agent but would become an unrestricted free agent if the team doesn't make an offer. The 27-year-old missed the entirety of the 2018 season as he had difficulties in his recovery from hip surgery following the 2017 season.
Taylor (hip) will not return from injured reserve during the 2018 season, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Analysis: Taylor was able to return to practice in mid October, but the Broncos have opted to keep the 26-year-old wideout on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2018 season. The depth receiver was making progress in his recovery from two offseason hip surgeries, and will set his sights on a 2019 return.
The Broncos can activate Taylor (hip) next week, but he's still battling soreness and has lost 15 pounds since his surgeries, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.
Analysis: Jhabvala relayed that Taylor still feels as though he's a ways away. Even if things were to break in the manner most favorable to Taylor's fantasy prospects -- he regains full health and the Broncos trade away one of their veteran receivers -- Taylor would still be no better than fifth or sixth in the receiver hierarchy behind the likes of first-year players Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick. If Taylor's activated it'd likely be more for special teams purposes than anything else.
Taylor (hip) returned to practice Monday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Taylor has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since prior to the regular season after undergoing hip surgery earlier this spring. The Broncos have up to 21 days to decide whether to activate Taylor to the active roster or to place him on injured reserve, so keep tabs on the situation in the coming weeks.
Taylor (hip) will stay on the PUP list to begin the 2018 season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.
Analysis: The move was expected, but it affirms that Taylor will be unavailable for the first six weeks of the season. He's a depth option with just 29 receptions through 26 career games, so fantasy owners won't be dismayed by his absence.
Taylor (hip) is expected to stay on the PUP list to start the regular season, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: If Taylor remains on the PUP list it would rule him out for the first six weeks of the regular season. Multiple delays have interfered with Taylor's recovery from offseason hip surgery, and the 26-year-old's time sidelined may well allow rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton to surpass him on the depth chart.
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