Malik Taylor

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

Malik Taylor News

Tendered by Packers

The Packers tendered Taylor as an exclusive rights free agent Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Taylor finished the 2021 campaign on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, but he should be healthy heading into offseason activities. He made 10 appearances for Green Bay last year but didn't have a significant role in the passing game, as he hauled in just two of three targets for 14 yards.

Mar 17, 2022 3:18 PM EST


Placed on IR

Taylor (shoulder) was moved to injured reserve Friday, per the team's official site.

Analysis: Taylor had previously been dealing with an abdominal issue, and it's unclear when he picked up the shoulder injury. He has only two receptions this season, as most of his work has been on special teams. The placement on IR means that Taylor won't be able to return until after the regular season.

Dec 24, 2021 1:13 PM EST



Ruled out for Week 16

Taylor (shoulder) won't play Saturday against the Browns, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: With Taylor having been ruled out, punt returner Amari Rodgers is expected to return kickoffs as well. Taylor will look to heal up in time to face the Vikings in Week 17.

Dec 23, 2021 2:29 PM EST


Active Sunday

Taylor (abdomen) will play Sunday against the Ravens, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor left the Packers' Week 14 win over the Bears early with the injury and was limited in practice all week. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) also active, Taylor's role Sunday against the Ravens will be somewhat limited.

Dec 19, 2021 12:15 PM EST


Questionable to return

Taylor is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bears due to an abdominal injury.

Analysis: Taylor wasn't targeted to begin Sunday's matchup, but he was banged up early in the second half. He also dealt with an abdominal issue in November that forced him to miss one game. Amari Rodgers will likely serve as Green Bay's kick returner if Taylor is unable to return.

Dec 12, 2021 7:25 PM EST



Logs full practice Thursday

Taylor (abdomen) logged a full practice Thursday.

Analysis: Taylor was coming off a limited practice Wednesday, so this is a positive development toward his potential availability for Sunday's game against Chicago. The wideout is an asset on special teams due to his role as a returner, but his offensive contributions have been limited with just two catches for 14 yards across eight contests.

Dec 9, 2021 3:22 PM EST


Won't suit up Sunday

Taylor (abdomen) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Rams, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor was unable to practice this week and will miss a second-straight game with the injury. Green Bay will have to turn elsewhere for special-teams depth.

Nov 26, 2021 3:38 PM EST


DNP Thursday

Taylor (abdomen) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor has already missed one week with the issue and has been unable to get back out there in either of two practices leading up to Week 12. He'll need to put in at least a limited appearance Friday to have a shot to suit up Sunday against the Rams.

Nov 25, 2021 10:06 AM EST


Out Week 11

Taylor will not play in Sunday's matchup with the Vikings due to an abdomen injury, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official website reports.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Taylor was unable to practice all week. He has not factored into the Packers' receiving game this season, but he has been their primary kick returner. It is unclear who will replace him, but Amari Rodgers figures to be the most likely option.

Nov 19, 2021 5:12 PM EST


Comes off COVID-19 list

The Packers reinstated Taylor (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Green Bay has placed both of its top receivers (Davante Adams and Adam Lazard) on the COVID-19 list in the last two days, but the Packers will at least get one wideout back on the 53-man roster in Taylor, who was placed on the list Oct. 15. He missed the Packers' last two games as a result of being deactivated, but he appears healthy heading into Thursday's game against the Cardinals. With Lazard already ruled out for the Week 8 contest and Adams unlikely to clear all COVID-19 protocols ahead of the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, Taylor could find himself somewhere between second and fourth on the depth chart at wide receiver behind veteran Randall Cobb. Before landing on the COVID-19 list, Taylor suited up in each of the Packers' first five games, but he saw more snaps on special teams (77) than offense (24). Over his two NFL seasons, Taylor has put together a 7-80-1 receiving line on nine targets.

Oct 26, 2021 2:14 PM EST


Placed on COVID-19 list

Taylor (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Taylor dealt with an illness that landed him on the injury report, and it now appears as though he's in danger of missing Green Bay's Week 6 matchup against the Bears. While it's not yet clear whether the 25-year-old has tested positive for COVID-19, the Packers could have limited depth at wide receiver Sunday since Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) is on IR.

Oct 15, 2021 6:56 PM EST


Dealing with illness

Taylor landed on the injury report Friday with an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Bears, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Landing on the injury report this late in the week is not a good sign for Taylor's availability in Week 6. The 25-year-old has only played nine offensive snaps since Week 1, so if he is unavailable it shouldn't have an impact on the Packers' offensive rotations. However, Green Bay is already without Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring), so they may need to add a wideout to the active roster before the showdown with their division rivals.

Oct 15, 2021 12:40 PM EST


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


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