Patrick Taylor

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

Patrick Taylor News

Signs from practice squad

Green Bay signed Taylor from its practice squad to its active roster Friday.

Analysis: Taylor was elevated ahead of Week 2 versus Chicago and just played eight snaps on special teams, but the Packers evidently saw enough from him to give him a promotion ahead of Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. He will likely continue to contribute exclusively on special teams as long as Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon remain healthy.

Sep 24, 2022 11:38 AM EST


Goes back to practice squad

Taylor was reverted to the Packers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction report.

Analysis: Taylor got the call to be the Packers' No. 3 running back Sunday against the Bears with Kylin Hill (knee) still on the PUP list. However, he never saw the field on offense and only contributed on eight special-teams snaps. With Hill out for at least two more weeks, Taylor will look to earn another chance with the active roster Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Sep 19, 2022 2:43 PM EST



Elevated to active roster

The Packers elevated Taylor from their practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's contest against the Bears.

Analysis: With Kylin Hill (knee) sidelined, Taylor and Tyler Goodson competed during training for the No. 3 spot behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. However, the Packers opted to keep only two running backs on the initial 53-man roster, leaving Taylor and Goodson to sign practice-squad deals. Neither practice-squad player was elevated for Green Bay's season-opening loss, but Taylor will get the first look as the No. 3 RB in Week 2. Last year, he rushed 23 times for 89 yards and scored one touchdown across nine appearances. However, barring injuries, Taylor isn't expected to garner many touches against Chicago.

Sep 17, 2022 3:32 PM EST


Signs practice squad deal

The Packers signed Taylor to their practice squad Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Kylin Hill (knee) sidelined, Taylor and Tyler Goodson competed during training camp for the No. 3 spot behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. Taylor did his best to earn the job, rushing 18 times for 71 yards while catching three passes for 17 yards across three exhibition contests. However, the Packers opted to keep just two running back on their initial 53-man roster, with the understanding that Amari Rodgers or Randall Cobb could handle emergency RB duties if Jones or Dillon went down with an injury. Regardless, Taylor and Goodson will both be candidates to be elevated on a weekly basis now that they are members of the practice squad.

Aug 31, 2022 11:33 AM EST


Waived by Packers

The Packers waived Taylor on Tuesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor appeared in nine games for Green Bay last year, but the Packers will role with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon as their only two healthy running backs ahead of the regular season. Over three preseason games, Taylor rushed 18 times for 71 yards while tallying three receptions for 17 yards.

Aug 30, 2022 5:40 PM EST



Tallies 10 touches Thursday

Taylor had seven carries for 34 yards and three receptions for 17 yards in Thursday's exhibition game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Taylor worked behind Tyler Goodson in Thursday's contest, but he still finished with just two fewer touches than his counterpart. Goodson -- an undrafted rookie -- has made a strong run for a roster spot, and if he snags one it will almost certainly come at Taylor's expense. However, Taylor has been with Green Bay since 2020, so he has the edge in the experience department.

Aug 25, 2022 11:05 PM EST


Jockeying for roster spot

Taylor is battling Tyler Goodson and Dexter Williams for the third running back spot on the Packers' initial 53-man roster, Mike Spofford of Packers.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor toted eight carries for an unremarkable 27 yards in Green Bay's second preseason matchup versus New Orleans, but his performance in the Packers' upcoming preseason finale at Kansas City could be what ultimately determines his position ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline. The ability to contribute on special teams will likely be a significant factor in his team's decision after the Pack's abysmal performance in that phase in 2021, and Taylor has more recent experience there than Goodson or Williams.

Aug 24, 2022 11:14 AM EST


Sees increased workload

Taylor carried the ball eight times for 27 yards in Friday's 20-10 preseason win over the Saints.

Analysis: Taylor got the start with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon both sitting. He didn't do much with his performance, as he averaged only 3.4 yards per carry and his longest rush went for only five yards. Taylor is in competition with Tyler Goodson to serve as the team's third running back so long as Kylin Hill (knee) remains on the PUP list.

Aug 19, 2022 9:33 PM EST


Takes it easy in preseason opener

Taylor had three carries for 10 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the 49ers. He was also targeted twice but did not catch a pass.

Analysis: Taylor played only 19 snaps Friday, and that may have been at least partly because he missed practice time earlier in camp with an injury. He did not have a rough night, but he was also the only player among the four Packers running backs who took the field that did not make a big play. With Kylin Hill (knee) on the PUP list, Taylor is the favorite to open the season as the Packers' third running back, but he is by no means a lock to do so. Tyler Goodson looks like his primary competition at this point.

Aug 13, 2022 9:35 AM EST


Participates in Sunday's practice

Taylor (groin) returned to practice Sunday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Taylor missed multiple practices -- including the team's Family Night -- due to a groin injury, but he appears to be on the mend and may return to full practices over the next week. With Kylin Hill (knee) expected to start the season the PUP list, the undrafted running back out of Memphis is the favorite to win the backup role behind AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones, though he'll have to prove he's healthy during the Packers' upcoming preseason contests.

Aug 7, 2022 10:55 AM EST


Absent from practice once again

Taylor (groin) missed practice Wednesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Just as soon as Taylor returned to practice after being activated from the PUP list a week ago, he's again away from practice. There's still competition for Green Bay's third running back spot, but until either Taylor or Kylin Hill return to camp, that competition will be between Tyler Goodson and B.J. Baylor.

Aug 3, 2022 9:13 AM EST


Back from PUP list

Green Bay activated Taylor off the PUP list Wednesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: It's still unclear why Taylor was placed on the PUP list to begin with, but his term there lasted less than a week. He'll continue to compete for the Packers' third running-back spot, and his otherwise-toughest competition, Kylin Hill, is still on the PUP list himself.

Jul 27, 2022 8:00 AM EST


Opening camp on PUP list

Taylor (undisclosed) has been placed on the PUP list ahead of training camp, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Kylin Hill, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered last October. Both players can come off the PUP list at any time during training camp, and once they do, the duo will slot in behind Green Bay's top backfield options, Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

Jul 22, 2022 3:21 PM EST


Vying for No. 3 RB spot

Taylor is expected to be the No. 3 running back behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon with Kylin Hill still recovering from ACL surgery, Zach Kruse of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Hill, a seventh-round pick in 2021, was dynamic during last year's preseason but was ultimately sidelined for his entire rookie season after suffering an ACL injury, which vaulted Taylor into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. However, Taylor saw touches in just four games, totaling 23 carries for 89 yards and one score. If Hill isn't ready to return by Week 1, Taylor figures to open next season in the same spot he finished 2021.

Jul 15, 2022 12:16 PM EST


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


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