Taylor Gabriel

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #18
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #18

Taylor Gabriel News

Retires after seven season

Gabriel announced his retirement via Twitter on Saturday.

Analysis: Thus concludes Gabriel's seven-year career stretching across three different teams. The 30-year-old posted three different seasons with 500-plus receiving yards, including a 2016 season which saw Gabriel make the Super Bowl with the Falcons. The 2014 undrafted free agent did not play last year, opting out of the season amid concerns regarding COVID-19.

Apr 10, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Doesn't plan to play this season

Gabriel doesn't plan to play this season, USA Today's Brendan Sugrue reports.

Analysis: The wideout, who was released by the Bears in February, remains a free agent, but Gabriel -- who said he's had offers -- recently tweeted that he's elected to not play this season, citing COVID-19 concerns and his wish to remain with his family.

Sep 7, 2020 7:50 AM EST

Cut free by Bears

The Bears released Gabriel (concussion) on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Gabriel made it through two season of a four-year, $26 million contract, producing 41.6 receiving yards per game and six touchdowns in 25 regular-season appearances for the Bears. He suffered two concussions in 2019, with the second keeping him out for the final five weeks of the season. With the 29-year-old speedster out of the picture, Riley Ridley and Javon Wims could be in the mix for a starting job in Chicago, though the team still has free agency and the draft ahead to find better options at wide receiver. Veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara also was released Friday, with the two transactions clearing out a combined $13.5 million in 2020 cap space, per Field Yates of ESPN.

Feb 21, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Won't return for finale

Gabriel (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Gabriel will miss a fifth straight game after suffering his second concussion of the season in a Week 12 win over the Giants. He made seven starts in nine appearances this year, catching 29 of 48 targets (60.4 percent) for 353 yards (7.4 YPT) and four touchdowns. A 6-75-3 receiving line against Washington in Week 3 was the only real highlight for fantasy purposes, and the overall production through two seasons hasn't lived up to a four-year, $26 million contract. Gabriel will turn 29 in February and may end up looking for a new team in the offseason.

Dec 27, 2019 11:14 AM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Gabriel (concussion) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: With no practice reps under his belt since he sustained his second concussion of the season Week 12 against the Giants, Gabriel can effectively be ruled out for the Bears' finale Sunday against the Vikings. Chicago will likely provide confirmation on Gabriel's status at the conclusion of Friday's practice.

Dec 26, 2019 12:44 PM EST

DNP on estimated report

Gabriel (concussion) was listed as a non-participant Wednesday on the Bears' estimated practice report, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Since sustaining his second concussion of the season in the Bears' Week 12 game against the Giants, Gabriel hasn't been able to practice in any fashion. At this point, Gabriel would appear to have little chance of gaining clearance from the NFL's concussion protocol ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Vikings.

Dec 25, 2019 1:56 PM EST

Out for another week

Gabriel (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Gabriel will miss a fourth consecutive game after suffering his second concussion of the season. Anthony Miller has been thriving as the No. 2 receiver, while Javon Wims, Cordarrelle Patterson and Riley Ridley haven't done much with their extra opportunities. Ridley led the group in snap share (49 percent) during last week's loss to Green Bay, but Patterson wasn't far behind at 44 percent, and Wims (10 percent) could get more involved now that he's moved past a minor knee injury. In any case, Miller and Allen Robinson are the reliable fantasy choices from the group.

Dec 20, 2019 11:23 AM EST

Sidelined for practice

Gabriel (concussion) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Gabriel will have one more opportunity this week to get in some form of activity on the practice field, but it doesn't appear likely he'll be able to do so. Since being diagnosed with his second concussion of the season coming out the Week 12 game against the Giants, Gabriel hasn't resumed practicing in any fashion and has missed three consecutive games. Expect him to sit out again Sunday in the Bears' home finale versus Kansas City.

Dec 19, 2019 12:51 PM EST

Still no activity in practice

Gabriel (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Gabriel hasn't sniffed the practice field since sustaining his second concussion of the campaign Week 12. Until he makes some noticeable progress through the league's protocol for head injuries, he won't be a candidate for game action. Look for Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller to continue hogging the snaps and targets afforded Bears wide receivers in the final two games of the season.

Dec 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

Won't face Packers

Gabriel (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Anthony Miller is locked in as the No. 2 receiver for at least one more week, with Javon Wims (knee), Cordarrelle Patterson and Riley Ridley also in the mix for WR snaps behind Allen Robinson. Wims drew six targets and played 91 percent of snaps in a Week 13 matchup with the Lions, but he's listed as questionable for the upcoming game after he suffered a knee injury during last week's win over Dallas. Meanwhile, Gabriel still hasn't returned to practice, making slow progress (if any) through the concussion protocol.

Dec 13, 2019 11:23 AM EST

Held out Thursday

Gabriel (concussion) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: Gabriel has made no noticeable progress through his second concussion of the season, putting him in danger of missing a third consecutive contest (and fifth overall in 2019). Friday's injury report could seal his fate on that front. Because fellow wideouts Cordarrelle Patterson (head, limited Thursday) and Javon Wims (knee, DNP on Wednesday and Thursday) also are tending to health concerns, the Bears are down to just Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and rookie Riley Ridley at the moment.

Dec 12, 2019 2:15 PM EST

Still not practicing

Gabriel (concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: It stands to reason whether or not the Bears should allow Gabriel to get back on the field this season as he goes through the concussion protocol for the second time. Fortunately, the protocol exists, and he has yet to make enough progress to get back on the practice field, let alone in front of an independent neurologist. Until he does so, there's no telling when Gabriel will play again.

Dec 11, 2019 12:02 PM EST

Not playing Thursday

Gabriel (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: In the concussion protocol for the second time this season, Gabriel has yet to take the practice field on this occasion. He'll have 10 days between Week 14 and the Bears' Week 15 contest at Green Bay to clear all five phases, the last of which is an evaluation in front of an independent neurologist.

Dec 4, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Still unable to practice

Gabriel (concussion) didn't practice Tuesday, Stacey Dales of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gabriel still hasn't practiced since picking up his second concussion of the season in Week 12's 19-14 win over the Giants, so he's trending toward missing another game if he can't get on the field Wednesday. Anthony Miller and Javon Wims both enjoyed increased snap counts in Gabriel's stead, and the former produced a whopping nine catches for 140 yards.

Dec 3, 2019 11:42 AM EST

Still in concussion protocol

Gabriel (concussion) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times, coach Matt Nagy announced prior to practice that Gabriel still remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, so it doesn't come as a major surprise that the wideout wasn't able to take any reps in the Bears' first practice of Week 14. Given that Gabriel previously suffered a concussion in September that kept him sidelined for two games, he'll have a tough time gaining clearance for his second head injury of the season ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Cowboys.

Dec 2, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Ruled out for Thanksgiving

Gabriel (concussion) is ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Lions.

Analysis: Gabriel sustained a concussion during Week 12's win over the Giants, and he'll miss Thursday's divisional tilt as a result. In his absence, expect Javon Wims to see increased opportunities behind Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. Gabriel will need to fully clear the league's protocol for head injuries before retaking the field.

Nov 27, 2019 10:53 AM EST

Sits out Tuesday's practice

Gabriel (concussion) was listed as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Gabriel suffered a concussion during this past Sunday's win over the Giants, and according to Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times, coach Matt Nagy said "it'd be a stretch" for Gabriel to suit up Thursday against the Lions. Gabriel's absence from a second straight practice along with the fact that it's his second head injury support that notion, and he'll have one more opportunity to get onto the field Wednesday. Javon Wims is in line for increased duties if Gabriel is ultimately ruled out.

Nov 26, 2019 12:46 PM EST

Picks up another concussion

Gabriel was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate due to a concussion.

Analysis: Gabriel previously missed two games this season with a head injury, so he'll be hard-pressed to get through the concussion protocol in time for Thursday's game at Detroit and potentially beyond that point. During the aforementioned pair of DNPs, Javon Wims filled in for Gabriel, reeling in four of six passes for 56 yards in that span.

Nov 25, 2019 4:22 PM EST

Held to one reception

Gabriel caught one pass for 19 yards in Chicago's 19-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Even though Mitchell Trubisky threw the ball 41 times, Gabriel was targeted just three times. Coming into this game, he had posted at least 39 yards in each of the previous four contests, but for the fourth time this season, he was held to fewer than 25 receiving yards. As a player with limited upside and significant downside, he profiles as a risky flex option.

Nov 24, 2019 3:07 PM EST

Leads team with 14 targets

Gabriel had seven catches (14 targets) for 57 yards in Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Gabriel was targeted early and often, but Mitch Trubisky's inability to get him the ball downfield led to a lackluster fantasy line outside of full PPR formats. The 14 targets were a promising sign, as the 28-year-old failed to top seven looks since his incredible three-touchdown performance back in Week 3. Its hard to trust any Chicago receiving option given is inconsistent play under center, but Gabriel does appear to have a strong rapport with Trubisky, which gives the veteran PPR value heading into a matchup against the Giants on Sunday.

Nov 17, 2019 10:35 PM EST

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