Taywan Taylor

Taywan Taylor

Wide Receiver #13
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 203 lb.
College:Western Kentucky
Born:March 2, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (72)
Draft Team:TEN

Taywan Taylor: Limited role expected to continue

Taylor played just three games and had one target in 2019.

Analysis: The Browns never settled on a third wideout, and they never really needed one as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry gobbled up all the targets (130 apiece). Taylor was given some run early on when Rashard Higgins was hurt, but he was a healthy scratch for 13 of 16 games. New head coach Kevin Stefanski may not change the outlook for the third wide receiver position. His offense in Minnesota used formations with three wide receivers a league-low 18 percent of the time, the only team to dip below 30 percent. Instead, Stefanski deployed multiple running backs or tight ends while with the Vikings. Cleveland's personnel currently suits that type of offense, so Taylor, who is under contract for one more year, could have a limited role once again. His experience as a returner could vault him into a special teams role, but the third-year veteran is not expected to have a significant offensive role.

January 25, 2020 7:59 AM EST

Taywan Taylor: Inactive Monday

Taylor (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Taylor has only been active for three games this season, and in those contests he primarily played on special teams. The third-year pro's absence doesn't carry significant fantasy repercussions.

October 7, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Targeted once in win

Taylor did not catch his lone target in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Taylor was inactive in Week 1 and, offensive production wise, might as well have been inactive for Week 2. The former Titan was an interesting pickup during roster cuts, but hasn't established himself in Cleveland yet. It's probably unfair to expect too much after two weeks in a new offense on a team with the likes of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but things aren't likely to improve once Antonio Callaway returns from his four-game suspension.

September 17, 2019 7:46 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Won't play in opener

Taylor is inactive Week 1 against the Titans.

Analysis: Taylor was traded to Cleveland on Aug. 31, but won't be available to suit up in the opener against his former team. There doesn't project to be many opportunities available in a wide receiver group led by Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins, so this may not be the first time we see Taylor wind up a healthy scratch, especially with him presumably still acclimating himself to the playbook.

September 8, 2019 8:57 AM EST

Taywan Taylor: Traded to Browns

Taylor was traded to the Browns on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: The exact details of the trade are unknown, but the Browns evidently gave up a 2020 draft pick in order to acquire Taylor, who was buried behind Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, A.J. Brown and Tajae Sharpe on the Titans' depth chart. It'll be interesting to see where the 2017 third-round pick ultimately slots in with his new home, as Rashard Higgins was a popular sleeper pick in fantasy with the news that Antonio Callaway would be suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Despite the obvious upgrade at quarterback compared to Tennessee, it's hard to imagine Taylor will come close to his 2018 figures in which he recorded 37 receptions, 466 yards and a touchdown.

August 31, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Hauls in pair of receptions

Taylor hauled in both of his targets for 14 total yards in the team's third preseason contest Sunday against the Steelers.

Analysis: Taylor wasn't targeted until the third quarter when Logan Woodside was under center. He's done most of his damage this preseason with Woodside, an indication that he is not likely to begin the season as a starter, even in three-receiver sets.

August 25, 2019 9:13 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Targeted five times

Taylor caught two of his five targets for 27 yards in the Titans' second preseason contest against the Patriots.

Analysis: Taylor was targeted on a few occasions by backup Ryan Tannehill but made his biggest impact after halftime with Logan Woodside under center, hauling in a 19-yard reception. Though he was inefficient, Taylor also did keep a drive alone in the second quarter by drawing an illegal use of hands penalty on third down. It is notable that rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown was already working ahead of Taylor despite missing a significant portion of training camp with a leg injury. If Smith were to jump Taylor on the depth chart, Taylor would not be a part of three-receiver sets for the team, limiting his potential target volume greatly.

August 18, 2019 6:07 AM EST

Taywan Taylor: Two catches in preseason debut

Taylor hauled in two passes for 15 yards in the team's first preseason contest against the Eagles.

Analysis: Taylor caught both of his passes in the second quarter from Ryan Tannehill. The majority of his production came on a 15-yard reception late in the second quarter. However, he also dropped a deep pass and was outplayed by the likes of Cody Hollister and Kalif Raymond. Already behind the likes of Corey Davis and Adam Humphries on the depth chart, Taylor appears to be fighting for his role on the team heading into the regular season.

August 9, 2019 4:59 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Listed as starter

Taylor is listed as a starter in three-receiver sets in the team's first depth chart, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor is listed alongside fellow first-string receivers Corey Davis and Adam Humphries. While it made sense to to project Taylor as a backup after the addition of A.J. Brown (leg) in the 2019 NFL Draft, Brown has battled injuries for much of the team's offseason work. That has given Taylor the chance to remain with the first team for the time being, though there is still plenty of time for Brown to prove himself before the regular season kicks off.

August 5, 2019 6:00 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Quiet during offseason practices

Taywan Taylor "didn't pop much" during offseason practices, Travis Haney of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Haney also noted the team didn't work on many passes down the field, implying Taylor's role will likely be as a deep threat in 2019. That makes sense given the team's addition of both A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries, meaning Taylor could be relegated to playing primarily in four-receiver sets. On the other hand, Brown is already battling a hamstring injury, which could help Taylor maintain a bigger role in the offense -- at least early on.

June 19, 2019 6:46 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Quiet in season finale

Taylor hauled in two of his six targets for eight yards in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Taylor finished second on the team with six targets but failed to connect efficiently with backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Between his own battle with injury and the absence of Marcus Mariota (elbow), 2018 was largely a lost season for Taylor, though he did double his targets, receptions and receiving yards from his rookie campaign. It certainly appears there is more to be uncovered in Taylor's skillset, however, as he showed flashes of strong play, highlighted by a seven catch, 77-yard performance in Week 4 against Philadelphia and three catch, 104-yard showing in Week 13 against the Jets. For a full break-out to occur, the Titans' will likely have to get more aggressive through the air, as Taylor will by vying for targets among the likes of Corey Davis, Delanie Walker, Tajae Sharpe and Jonnu Smith in 2019.

December 30, 2018 9:40 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Leads team in receiving yards

Taylor converted all three of his targets for 64 yards in Saturday's 25-16 win over Washington.

Analysis: Taylor didn't command a notable share of targets, but had a 35-yard reception that helped the Titans drive down the field for the game-winning score. He has now quietly led the team in receiving yards for three of the past four weeks, highlighted by a 104-yard performance in Week 13 against the Jets. Though the second-year pro has delivered only sporadic production, he appears poised to end the season strong and will likely earn some off-season hype heading into the 2019 season.

December 22, 2018 9:15 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Fails to deliver

Taylor caught two his five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 17-0 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Taylor finished second on the team with five targets, but failed to continue his two-game run of solid performances. The Titans' passing attack was dampened by rain, though his poor performance is reminiscent of letdowns earlier in the season. Due to his inconsistency -- he has five games with two or fewer catches -- Taylor is a deep-league option only.

December 16, 2018 5:49 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Paces pass catchers in win

Taylor brought in six of seven targets for 59 yards in the Titans' 30-9 win over the Jaguars on Thursday.

Analysis: Taylor paced the Titans in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night, although it was the running game and Derrick Henry that took center stage on Thursday. Taylor has provided reason for optimism with his play in his two games since returning from a foot injury, bringing in nine of 12 targets for 163 yards over that span. The speedy second-year wideout will look to maintain his momentum against the Giants in a Week 15 interconference showdown.

December 6, 2018 9:17 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Returns in style

Taylor hauled in three of his five targets for 104 yards in Sunday's 26-22 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Taylor participated in game action for the first time since Week 9 and displayed plenty of big-play ability. He was quiet for much of the game, but came up with a 44-yard reception on the Titans' first drive of the fourth quarter and followed that up with a 55-yard reception before being hauled down 10 yards shy of the end zone. However, Taylor isn't likely to see a high number of targets for the remainder of the season, and entered Week 13 averaging only 10.2 yards per catch.

December 2, 2018 7:39 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Returns to full practice

Taylor (foot) practiced fully Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor, who last saw action on Nov. 5, is this poised to play Sunday against the Jets. His production to date has been modest aside from a seven-catch, 77-yard effort in Week 4, so until he starts seeing consistent volume in the Titans offense, he's only a fantasy lineup option in the deepest of formats.

November 28, 2018 2:28 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Aiming for Week 13 return

Coach Mike Vrabel suggested Tuesday that he's hopeful to get Taylor back in Week 13 against the Jets, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Analysis: After missing the last three games because of a foot issue, Taylor stands a good chance of returning to the fold in Week 13. The second-year wideout hasn't posted particularly big numbers during the 2018 campaign, though he does have a seven-catch, 77-yard effort under his belt from Week 4 versus the Eagles. Cameron Batson saw a corresponding increase in offensive snap count in Taylor's absence, but Batson's playing time should fade once Taylor is officially cleared to return.

November 27, 2018 1:00 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Won't play Monday

Taylor (foot) has been downgraded to out for Monday's game against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Taylor still out, Tajae Sharpe and Cameron Batson are once again in line to work as the Titans' top secondary targets at receiver behind Corey Davis.

November 25, 2018 1:00 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Questionable for Monday

Taylor (foot) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Texans, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor was a limited practice participant this week and his status for Monday is truly up in the air after missing the last two games. The 23-year-old has modest numbers with 21 receptions for 214 yards and one touchdown in eight games, but would nonetheless provide a boost to the Titans' depth at wide receiver if able to suit up at Houston.

November 24, 2018 2:02 PM EST

Taywan Taylor: Logs limited practice

Taylor (foot) was listed as limited during Thursday's walk-through practice session, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Taylor has missed the team's past two games, but his return to practice Thursday has him trending in the right direction as Monday night's game against the Texans approaches. Once healthy, Taylor will bolster the Titans wideout depth behind top receiver Corey Davis, but the 2017 third-rounder's fantasy value remains modest, given his lack of target volume of late.

November 22, 2018 11:04 AM EST

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