Patrick Taylor

Green Bay Packers
Running Back #27
Green Bay Packers
Running Back #27

Patrick Taylor News

Finds work in four games

Taylor finished the 2021 season with 23 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for three yards.

Analysis: Taylor spent roughly the first half of the season on the Packers' practice squad, but he took over as the team's third running back after Kylin Hill (knee) went down for the season in Week 8 and filled that role the rest of the way. With fellow running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon under contract for 2022, Taylor will not be in position to climb the depth chart if he remains with Green Bay. However, Hill may not be ready to play in Week 1, so Taylor could open next season in the same spot he finished this one.

Jan 31, 2022 6:41 AM EST

Finds paydirt in finale

Taylor ran 11 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for three yards in Sunday's 37-30 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Taylor and AJ Dillon shared the backfield duties with Aaron Jones (knee) sidelined, and the former set career highs in carries and rushing yards while tallying both the first receptions and touchdown of his career. Jones should return for the Packers' playoff opener in two weeks, which will presumably put Taylor back in a bit role.

Jan 10, 2022 9:15 AM EST

Takes career-high six carries

Taylor had six carries for 18 yards in Sunday's 37-10 victory over the Vikings.

Analysis: Taylor did not take a carry until halfway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest, but the six he recorded from there on out were the most he has tallied as a professional. Taylor could top that number in Week 18 should the Packers elect to limit top running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon -- or hold them out altogether with the NFC's top seed in hand.

Jan 3, 2022 9:35 AM EST

Not involved in Week 12 win

Taylor did not play a snap on offense in Sunday's 36-28 victory over the Rams.

Analysis: Taylor suited up Sunday for the fourth game in a row, but with Aaron Jones returning to action after missing one game and part of the previous one with a knee injury, Taylor was not involved in the game plan. With Jones getting an extra week to recover thanks to the Packers' Week 13 bye and A.J. Dillon also handling a heavy workload, expect Taylor to again be limited to special teams work -- at best -- when the Packers return to action in Week 14.

Nov 29, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Takes four carries as backup

Taylor had four carries for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: There was talk that another player or two could fill the backup role behind AJ Dillon with starting running back Aaron Jones (knee) inactive for Week 11, but it was Taylor who wound up filling the spot. While Taylor set new career bests in both carries and rushing yards, he was only on the field for 15 snaps, and his four touches paled in comparison to Dillon's 17. Jones has not been ruled out for Week 12, but it seems likely the Packers will hold him out with a bye on the schedule the following week. As such, Taylor figures to handle the backup duties -- which will likely remain minimal -- for another game.

Nov 22, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Not a lock for RB2 role?

Coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Taylor will need to be ready for the No. 2 RB role while Aaron Jones (knee) is unavailable, but LaFleur also suggested the Packers may look at other options, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: With Jones expected to miss only a week or two, LaFleur likely is referring to the practice squad rather than bringing in a free agent from outside the organization. The Packers have RBs Ryquell Armstead and Kerrith Whyte on their practice squad, while Taylor has been active as the No. 3 back ever since Kylin Hill suffered an ACL tear. The No. 3 role wasn't expected to come with any work outside of garbage time, but Taylor did take two carries for seven yards after Jones made an early exit from Sunday's 17-0 win over the Seahawks. It thus stands that Taylor is most likely to fill the No. 2 role Sunday against Minnesota, though it may not come with many touches behind AJ Dillon.

Nov 17, 2021 11:38 AM EST

Pressed into duty

Taylor had two carries for seven yards in Sunday's 17-0 victory over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Taylor has been with the Packers since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2020, but he spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list and was on the practice squad for the first eight weeks of the current campaign. He was promoted to the active roster prior to Week 9 after fellow running back Kylin Hill (knee) landed on injured reserve, and he finally got a chance to take his first NFL carries after another running back -- Aaron Jones -- went down with a knee injury in Sunday's contest. Taylor could get more work in the near future, as per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jones is expected to miss 1-to-2 weeks of action. However, A.J. Dillon figures to handle the bulk of the backfield duties until Jones is ready to return.

Nov 15, 2021 8:35 AM EST

Signs with Packers

Taylor signed a contract with the Packers on Thursday.

Analysis: Taylor was waived by Green Bay at the end of August and has spent time on the team's practice squad to begin the regular season. The 23-year-old hasn't yet made his regular-season debut in the NFL but will serve as the Packers' No. 3 running back after Kylin Hill suffered a torn ACL last week.

Nov 4, 2021 1:18 PM EST

Waived by Packers

Taylor was waived by the Packers on Tuesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Taylor worked as the Packers' fourth running back during training camp, but the team elected to keep only three players at his position, so there was not room for him on the roster. He has been with the Packers since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in April of 2020, and that could help him sew up a spot on the team's practice squad.

Aug 31, 2021 9:59 AM EST

Remains fourth on depth chart

Taylor had eight carries for 48 yards and one reception for seven yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans. He also lost a fumble in the contest.

Analysis: Taylor was efficient when he touched the ball, but the fumble certainly didn't help his chances of securing a roster spot, and the running back directly ahead of him on the depth chart -- Kylin Hill -- likely locked himself into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart in Saturday's game. With the Packers likely keeping only three running backs, Taylor is on the outside looking in with one preseason game to go.

Aug 22, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Nine carries in preseason opener

Taylor had nine carries for 22 yards in the Packers' preseason opener against the Texans.

Analysis: Taylor was not efficient with his opportunities, but he did lead the Packers in carries in their first exhibition contest. Taylor entered the game after Kylin Hill and ahead of Dexter Williams, suggesting he currently sits fourth on the depth chart with two preseason contests to go.

Aug 16, 2021 10:16 AM EST

Returns to practice

Taylor (groin) returned to the practice field Monday, Eric Boynton of reports.

Analysis: Taylor started training camp on the PUP list due to a groin injury but has now returned to action alongside his teammates. The second-year back now has a chance to compete for the No. 3 running back spot on the depth chart behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

Aug 3, 2021 8:58 PM EST

Nursing groin injury

Taylor is currently managing a groin injury, Matt Schneidman of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Taylor missed his entire rookie season due to a foot injury that dates back to his time at Memphis, but his current stint on the PUP list is due to a groin issue. If the young running back can't get back on the field sometime August, he could find himself on the outside of Green Bay's depth plans at the position.

Aug 2, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Foot remains bothersome

Taylor (foot) was placed on the PUP list Saturday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Taylor has battled this foot injury for over two years now. It's discouraging that he has still been unable to shake the injury, though the 23-year-old running back still has time to get healthy before the start of the season.

Jul 26, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Eyeing healthy sophomore season

Taylor (foot) will spend his first healthy offseason competing for a depth role in Green Bay's backfield, Wes Hodkiewicz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor missed much of his senior season at Memphis, and his entire rookie campaign at the NFL level, due to a serious foot injury. Though he wasn't activated from the non-football injury list last season, he did manage to resume practicing back in December, which bodes well for his recovery. He looks set to compete with Dexter Williams and Mike Weber for a limited amount of reserve roles.

Apr 21, 2021 12:15 PM EST

To end season on NFI list

Taylor will remain on the non-football injury list for the remainder of the season, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Green Bay brought Taylor back to practice in order to study the undrafted rookie's progress from a foot injury. However, ultimately the team did not elect to activate him following a three-week observation period. Per league rules, the 22-year-old will now be unavailable for the rest of the season in either a practice or game situation.

Jan 7, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Practices for first time

Taylor (foot) returned to practice Thursday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Thursday's session marks Taylor's first practice activity since joining the Packers. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list due to a foot injury sustained back at Memphis. Green Bay will now have a 21-day window to monitor Taylor at practice without his counting against the active roster.

Dec 17, 2020 4:27 PM EST

Added to NFI list

Taylor (undisclosed) was added to the reserve/non-football injury on Saturday, Mike Spofford of the team's official site.

Analysis: Taylor spent all of training camp on the active/non-football injury list and will now shuffle to the NFI list for the remainder of the season as he continues to recover from an undisclosed injury.

Sep 8, 2020 7:35 PM EST

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