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Malik Taylor

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #0

Malik Taylor News

Draws three looks late in Week 1

Taylor was targeted three times and caught two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: The three targets were a career high for Taylor, but they all came in garbage time and after starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers had left the game. Taylor led the league in receiving yards during the preseason, but he is no more than depth at the moment, as his 15 snaps were less than half the number played by the Packers' top three wideouts.

Sep 13, 2021 10:55 AM EST

Secures roster spot

Taylor secured a spot on the Packers' roster Tuesday.

Analysis: Despite appearing in 15 games for the Packers last season Taylor was not assured a place on this year's roster, but he beat out a number of fellow pass catchers during training camp and came away with the sixth and final spot at his position. Taylor led the Packers with 185 receiving yards during the preseason, but only one of the five players in front of him saw any preseason action, and it's unlikely he will play more than a bit role on offense when the regular season gets underway.

Aug 31, 2021 5:41 PM EST

Produces again in preseason finale

Taylor was targeted six times and caught five passes for 69 yards in Saturday's preseason finale against the Bills.

Analysis: Taylor produced in each of the Packers' three exhibition contests and finished the preseason with totals of 16 targets, 14 receptions and 185 receiving yards. He is still not a lock to make the cut with five other players at his position guaranteed to do so, but if the Packers elect to keep more than five wideouts and with Devin Funchess no longer on the roster, Taylor looks like the favorite to claim the next spot.

Aug 29, 2021 10:19 AM EST

Another quality preseason showing

Taylor was targeted five times and caught four passes for 66 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

Analysis: Taylor made a couple impressive catches in Saturday's game and easily led all Packers pass catchers in receiving yards in the team's second exhibition contest. He does not have a roster spot locked up as of yet, but with nine receptions for 116 yards yards through two preseason games, he has put himself in good position to secure one.

Aug 22, 2021 8:54 AM EST

Five catches in exhibition opener

Taylor caught all five of the passes thrown his way and racked up 50 receiving yards in the Packers' preseason opener against the Texans.

Analysis: Taylor is competing for a roster spot despite suiting up for 15 games in 2020, and he fared well in his first live action of the season, finishing second among Packers pass catchers in both receptions and receiving yards. Taylor has his work cut out for him the rest of the way, but he played frequently on special teams last season, and that will help his cause when the Packers' final cuts are made.

Aug 16, 2021 8:43 AM EST

Earns ERFA tender

The Packers gave an exclusive-rights free agent tender to Taylor on Monday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Taylor played 15 games for the Packers in 2020, catching five of six targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. The Ferris State product also contributed as a kick returner, taking back nine kicks for 167 yards. The Packers likely will add to their wide-receiver corps through free agency or the draft, so Taylor will be on the roster bubble in 2021.

Mar 15, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Spends all of 2020 on active roster

Taylor had five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown and one carry for nine yards over 15 appearances in 2020. He also returned nine kicks for 167 yards.

Analysis: After spending all of the 2019 season on the Packers' practice squad, Taylor earned a roster spot in 2020 and never gave it up. He got a chance to show what he could do when the Packers were down a couple wideouts early in the season, but he saw the bulk of his action on special teams over the course of the campaign. Taylor's experience will help his chances of holding onto a spot on the Packers' roster, but he's likely going to have compete for it in training camp.

Feb 10, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Ready for Saturday

Taylor (hamstring) is active for Saturday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Taylor was considered questionable due to the hamstring injury, but it won't prevent him from suiting up Saturday. The 24-year-old sat out Week 14 and has played only a handful of offensive snaps over the past month, and he's unlikely to be significantly involved versus Carolina with the rest of the receiving corps healthy.

Dec 19, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Carries questionable Week 15 tag

Taylor (hamstring) is questionable heading into Saturday's matchup against Carolina, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Green Bay presents a relatively straightforward injury report heading into a Week 15 home game, with Taylor being the only member of the roster listed as questionable. Taylor's hamstring issue forced him to miss his first game of 2020 last Sunday against the Lions, and his status remains on the fence heading into a matchup against the sliding Panthers. Given Allen Lazard's return to the lineup from an abdomen injury, Taylor's offensive role has been diminished to consist almost exclusively of special-teams work.

Dec 17, 2020 4:32 PM EST

Upgraded Wednesday

Taylor was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury.

Analysis: After missing last week's game against Detroit and Tuesday's practice with the hamstring injury, Taylor made some progress. The Ferris State product has primarily seen action on speicial teams this season, but he's hauled in five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown on offense. Even if he is healthy enough to play, Taylor was unlikely to have much of an offensive role, especially with Tavon Austin joining the fold last week.

Dec 16, 2020 3:19 PM EST

Not suiting up Sunday

Taylor (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game at Detroit.

Analysis: The 24-year-old received the questionable tag after sitting out Friday's practice and won't be available for Week 14. Even if active, Taylor was unlikely to have much of an offensive role Sunday, especially with Tavon Austin making his team debut.

Dec 13, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Questionable for Sunday's game

Taylor (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Lions, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Taylor's trending in the wrong direction going into the weekend, as he was absent from the injury report to start the week but ended up sidelined for Friday's practice. If he ends up sitting out this week, Tavon Austin could be in line for his Packers debut.

Dec 11, 2020 2:03 PM EST

First catch since Week 8

Taylor caught one pass for 14 yards in Sunday's victory over the Eagles.

Analysis: Taylor was on the field for just five snaps Sunday, but that was enough for him to record his first reception since Week 8. He will have a chance to see a bit more action in Week 14 if fourth wideout Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is sidelined, but the Packers could instead choose to get Tavon Austin involved, and Green Bay rarely has more than three receivers on the field at the same time anyway.

Dec 7, 2020 6:52 AM EST

One touch in Week 9

Taylor wasn't targeted in the passing game and had a nine-yard run in Thursday's 34-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Aaron Rodgers tossed four touchdown passes but didn't look Taylor's way all game. Taylor played 26 offensive snaps in the win.

Nov 6, 2020 11:55 AM EST

Makes one reception

Taylor had one reception for a career-long 26 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: While Taylor made some noise for the second week in a row he was on the field for just 13 plays -- the fewest of any of the five Packers receivers that were active Sunday. His roster spot will be on the line whenever Allen Lazard (abdomen) is ready to be activated from injured reserve.

Nov 2, 2020 3:00 PM EST

Makes most of limited chances

Taylor was targeted twice and tallied two receptions for six yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory over the Texans.

Analysis: The two receptions were a career high for Taylor and the touchdown was his first as a professional. Despite making some impact in the box score, it should be noted that Taylor was on the field for just 10 plays and finished a distant fourth in snaps among Packers receivers after ending up third in that department in Week 6 and second in the team's previous game in Week 4.

Oct 26, 2020 10:24 AM EST

Held without catch

Taylor was targeted once but did not catch a pass in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Taylor played just over half the available snaps in Week 6 and finished third among Packers wideouts in that category, but the return of Davante Adams cost him some time on the field and he clearly was not much of factor in the offense. Taylor could continue to have a role until Allen Lazard (abdomen) returns, but he will presumably have to fend off Equanimeous St. Brown -- a slightly more-established wideout who made his season debut Sunday -- in order to do so.

Oct 19, 2020 11:27 AM EST

Makes first career reception

Taylor hauled in his lone target and finished with one reception for 20 yards in Monday's victory over the Falcons.

Analysis: With three of his fellow wideouts sidelined by injuries Taylor made his first career start and finished second among Packers receivers in snaps. He played only a bit role in the offense, but he did notch his first career reception on a fourth-down play that extended a Packers scoring drive near the end of the first half. While Taylor spent a lot of time on the field Monday, his snap count figures to take a hit next time the Packers take the field in Week 6, as Davante Adams (hamstring) will likely be ready to return to action.

Oct 6, 2020 8:22 AM EST

Plays one snap on offense

Taylor was limited to just one snap on offense in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.

Analysis: Taylor was one of only four active receivers for the Packers in Week 1, but he was limited mainly to special teams as the Packers utilized extra tight ends whenever they wanted to get more pass catchers on the field. The three receivers ahead of Taylor on the depth chart all produced Sunday, so expect him to continue serving mainly as insurance should one of them miss time for any reason.

Sep 14, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Opens as fourth receiver

Taylor will open the season as the Packers' No. 4 receiver.

Analysis: It was somewhat of a surprise that Taylor cracked the Packers' 53-man roster, but the team's Week 1 lineup indicates he comfortably made the cut, as he will be in uniform and fellow wideout Equanimeous St. Brown will be a healthy scratch. Taylor does not figure to have a big role, but he could see a few snaps on offense and will likely be busy on special teams.

Sep 13, 2020 8:59 AM EST

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