Taylor played all three of his snaps on special teams in Sunday's 27-16 win over the Ravens and took back two punts for 12 yards.
Analysis: Since drawing a season-high four targets while playing 77 percent of the Bengals' snaps on offense Week 14 against the Browns, Taylor's role on offense has evaporated while Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd have returned to full health. Taylor played just two snaps on offense over the Bengals' last three regular season games and finished the campaign with six catches for 62 yards on 10 targets. He'll likely be limited exclusively to a special-teams role during the Bengals' upcoming postseason run.
Jan 12, 2023 9:25 AM EST
Taylor (hamstring) does not carry a game status on the Bengals' final Week 16 injury report.
Analysis: Taylor has been limited during practice while dealing with a hamstring injury the past two weeks. While he was listed as questionable last week, the 28-year-old was still able to suit up for Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. With no injury designation this time around, expect Taylor to continue seeing the majority of his work on special teams now Cincinnati's wide receiver corps is back to full health.
Dec 22, 2022 11:30 AM EST
Taylor (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Taylor entered last weekend's matchup against Tampa Bay with a questionable tag due to a hamstring issue, but he was ultimately able to suit up. He's now opened Week 16 prep as a limited participant during Tuesday's walk-through session, though it would be surprising if Saturday's contest versus New England accounted for the 28-year-old's first missed game of the 2022-23 campaign given that he's already played through hamstring concerns this season.
Dec 20, 2022 4:32 PM EST
Taylor (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game at the Buccaneers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After being limited during practice this week, Taylor appears poised to suit up for Week 15. The 28-year-old wideout has caught six passes for 62 yards on 10 targets through 13 games in 2022.
Dec 18, 2022 12:12 PM EST
Taylor (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against Tampa Bay, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Taylor was limited by a hamstring injury throughout Week 15 prep, but he'll still have a chance to suit up Sunday. Fellow wideouts Tyler Boyd (finger) and Tee Higgins (hamstring) are also listed as questionable, but they both submitted full practices Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday, which suggests they have a better chance than Taylor to play against the Buccaneers.
Dec 16, 2022 11:36 AM EST
Taylor (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Andrew Gillis of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: It's unclear when Taylor suffered the injury, but either way it's led to him being unable to be a full participant in practice. Typically this may not be a significant issue, but with Tee Higgins (hamstring) and Tyler Boyd (finger) both ailing, Taylor's status takes on greater meaning as well. The 28-year-old played a season-high 47 snaps on offense Sunday, and if he's able to play Week 15 against the Buccaneers, he could be inline for a similar workload depending on the status of Boyd and Higgins.
Dec 14, 2022 1:49 PM EST
Taylor had one catch for 34 yards in the Bengals' win over the Browns.
Analysis: Taylor had that big catch just after he had another potential catch ruled out of bounds and confirmed upon review. The Bengals will need Taylor to play more offensive snaps again next week against the Bucs should Tyler Boyd (finger) and Tee Higgins (hamstring) miss the game.
Dec 11, 2022 4:18 PM EST
Taylor had his busiest day of the year Sunday, tallying 99 all-purpose yards. He had two catches for 14 yards, three carries for 18 yards, 52 yards in punt returns and 15 more yards on a kick return.
Analysis: With the Bengals up 42-7 in the third quarter, most of their starters were rested, and Taylor got more work. He played 26 offensive snaps, twice as many as he had in any single game earlier this season. With Ja'Marr Chase expected to be out at least one more game after the bye, Taylor will be the Bengals' third receiver more often than Mike Thomas.
Nov 8, 2022 11:33 AM EST
Taylor recorded a five-yard reception in Monday's 32-13 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: The 28-year-old has made his biggest impact for the Bengals this season as a punt returner, but he moved up a spot on the team's depth chart at receiver Week 8 while Ja'Marr Chase (hip) was sidelined. Taylor was still limited to playing seven snaps on offense, with his 14 percent share trailing all of Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Mike Thomas. Even if Taylor remains the Bengals' No. 4 wideout this Sunday against the Panthers with Chase sidelined and Stanley Morgan (hamstring) at risk of missing another game, he won't be a high-priority target for quarterback Joe Burrow.
Nov 2, 2022 10:19 AM EST
Taylor (hamstring) is absent from the Bengals' injury report ahead of their Week 2 game versus the Cowboys, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Taylor was sidelined at practice earlier in the week due to a hamstring issue, but it looks like the team was just erring on the side of caution. The 28-year-old played was on the field for 21 snaps in Week 1, 13 of which were on special teams. Barring any setbacks, look for him to take on a similar workload.
Sep 16, 2022 7:10 PM EST
Taylor (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant on the Bengals' injury report Thursday.
Analysis: Taylor sat out practice Wednesday while dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, so his limited participation is an encouraging sign for his availability heading into Cincinnati's game against Dallas on Sunday. The 28-year-old recorded 31 punt return yards while playing 13 of his 21 total snaps on special teams in Week 1. It's likely that Tyler Boyd would handle the Bengals' punt-return duties should Taylor ultimately be unable to suit up in Week 2.
Sep 15, 2022 3:28 PM EST
Taylor (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Taylor was questionable heading into Week 1 with the same injury, but he managed to suit up, and filled his role as the team's punt returner. Whether he can repeat that same feat in Week 2 will remain to be seen, and Taylor is officially questionable for Sunday against the Cowboys.
Sep 14, 2022 1:45 PM EST
Taylor (hamstring) is active for Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Taylor popped up on the injury report Thursday and was a limited participant in back-to-back practices, but he'll be good to go for the season opener. The 5-foot-8 wideout likely won't garner a major offensive workload (two receptions for 41 yards across four games last year), but he is expected to operate as the Bengals' primary punt returner.
Sep 11, 2022 8:48 AM EST
Taylor (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Taylor popped up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant and was limited again Friday, leaving his status for Week 1 in doubt. The return specialist appeared in four games last year for the Bengals, catching two of three targets for 41 yards and totaled 120 return yards. If available for the season opener, Taylor likely won't garner a role on offense but is expected to operate as the team's top punt returner.
Sep 9, 2022 12:38 PM EST
Taylor caught all four of his targets for 74 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
Analysis: Getting the start at wide receiver with Cincinnati sitting its regulars and top backups, Taylor had three catches of 10 or more yards on the team's second drive to help set up a field goal. The former 49er suited up for only four games in 2021 during his first season with the Bengals, but Taylor could offer some veteran depth behind the dangerous trio of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins (shoulder) and Tyler Boyd if he wins a roster spot.
Aug 12, 2022 9:01 PM EST
The Bengals signed Taylor to their offseason roster Tuesday.
Analysis: Taylor was elevated to the active roster for each of the Bengals' final eight games, including the Super Bowl. The 2017 fifth-round pick operated primarily as the teams' punt returner, but he did catch a critical two-point reception during Cincinnati's comeback in the AFC Championship Game. He figures to have a similar role next season.
Feb 22, 2022 2:37 PM EST
Taylor reverted to the Bengals' practice squad Monday, per NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Taylor played eight total snaps (two offensive) and returned two punts for 28 yards during the Bengals' 23-20 loss to the Rams in the Super Bowl. The 2017 fifth-round pick was elevated for eight straight contests to end the season, including postseason, and operated primary as the team's punt returner. However, he did catch a critical two-point reception during Cincinnati's comeback in the AFC Championship Game.
Feb 15, 2022 2:08 PM EST
Taylor was elevated to the Bengals' active roster Saturday.
Analysis: This comes as no surprise as Sunday's final game of the season will mark Taylor's eighth straight with the Bengals' active roster. Primarily the team's punt returner, Taylor has just two receptions since Week 15 although that does not include a critical two-point reception in the AFC Championship Game.
Feb 12, 2022 1:15 PM EST
Taylor was reverted to the Bengals' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Taylor has appeared in seven straight games for the Bengals, while going back and forth between the practice squad and active roster. Although he did not see the field much in their 27-24 AFC Championship Game victory, Taylor played a key role securing a successful two-point conversion attempt that tied the game at 21 all late in the third quarter. He also chipped in two punt returns for 22 yards. Whether or not Taylor returns to the active roster for the Super Bowl against the Rams remains to be seen, but the trend suggests he should.
Jan 31, 2022 5:33 PM EST
Taylor was elevated to the Bengals' active roster from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City.
Analysis: Taylor will join the active roster for a seventh consecutive game, but he's played mainly on special teams across his last six appearances. He should provide additional receiving depth with Stanley Morgan (hamstring) doubtful for Sunday's matchup.
Jan 29, 2022 10:27 AM EST
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