Taylor has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texans that is worth up to $12.5 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: For now, Taylor can be penciled in as the team's No. 2 QB behind Deshaun Watson. He does, however, provide the Texans with an experienced starting option in the event that Watson's status with the team changes in any way in the coming weeks/months.
Mar 16, 2021 2:13 PM EST
Taylor completed 16 of 30 passes for 208 yards across two different games in the 2020 season.
Analysis: The veteran really only played one game, starting the season opener before a medical accident left Taylor with a punctured lung which forced rookie Justin Herbert into the starting lineup. The 2020 No. 6 overall pick ran off with the job from there, eventually setting a number of rookie passing records en route to being a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award. With Taylor set to enter unrestricted free agency this offseason, the 31-year-old could try to catch on with another team who may give him an opportunity at a starting job.
Jan 9, 2021 8:53 AM EST
Taylor (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: The veteran was considered questionable with the injury to his ribs, but he'll be suiting up for Sunday's contest. Taylor will continue to serve as the backup to starter Justin Herbert.
Nov 22, 2020 11:42 AM EST
Taylor (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Taylor managed to suit up as Los Angeles' No. 2 quarterback Week 10 despite his lingering ribs injury, but he can't be considered a lock to take the field against the Jets. Easton Stick will slot in as the backup to Justin Herbert if Taylor can't go.
Nov 20, 2020 12:38 PM EST
Taylor was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Taylor was able to suit up behind starting Justin Herbert for last Sunday's game against the Raiders, but he appears to still be battling the rib issue that forced him to miss games early in the season. The veteran will look to get healthy, but it appears he'll only have a chance to see the field again this season with an injury or poor play from Herbert. If Taylor was too miss Week 11, Easton Stick would assume back up duties for the contest.
Nov 18, 2020 3:36 PM EST
Coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Friday that Taylor (chest) will back up Justin Herbert against the Raiders on Sunday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Taylor was inactive for the past two games despite practicing fully, but he'll finally be active again in this battle of recently relocated west coast teams. He's unlikely to see the field barring an injury to Herbert, as the rookie has hit the ground running as a starter.
Nov 6, 2020 1:09 PM EST
Taylor (chest) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Taylor practiced fully in each of the last two weeks but was ultimately inactive, and that should be the expected regimen at this point. The 31-year-old quarterback hasn't played since a team doctor punctured his lung with a pain-killing injection prior to the Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs. If Taylor sits out again Sunday versus the Raiders, Easton Stick will back up Justin Herbert.
Nov 4, 2020 4:58 PM EST
Taylor (chest) is inactive for Sunday's game at Denver, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The 31-year-old was considered questionable after practicing as a full participant all week for the second straight week, but he's once again inactive. Easton Stick will once again serve as the backup to Justin Herbert with Taylor not in uniform.
Nov 1, 2020 11:47 AM EST
Taylor (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Broncos.
Analysis: Taylor practiced fully all week, but he followed the same course last week and was ultimately inactive, as he's still working his way back from the punctured lung he sustained when a team doctor misplaced a pain-killing injection ahead of a Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. It wouldn't be surprising if Taylor is inactive once again, which would make Easton Stick the backup to Justin Herbert on Sunday.
Oct 30, 2020 2:32 PM EST
Taylor (ribs) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Taylor practiced fully last Wednesday but was ultimately inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, so he's not in the clear yet. The 31-year-old quarterback hasn't played since a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung while administering a pain-killing injection prior to a Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs. If Taylor sits out again, Easton Stick will serve as Justin Herbert's backup again Sunday versus Denver.
Oct 28, 2020 4:40 PM EST
Taylor (ribs/chest) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville.
Analysis: The 31-year-old signal-caller has been inactive since a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung with a pain-killing injection prior to Week 2's matchup against the Chiefs. Though Taylor was capable of logging a full practice session Wednesday, the outlook of his injury has not progressed to the point where he is ready for game action. North Dakota State standout Easton Stick will serve as the backup quarterback Sunday should an injury arise to starter Justin Herbert.
Oct 25, 2020 12:12 PM EST
Taylor (ribs/chest) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
Analysis: If Taylor's active for the first time since having his lung punctured by a pain-killing injection prior to Week 2, he will back up rookie Justin Herbert, who topped 300 yards in his first two starts and added a 7:1 TD:INT in the two subsequent games. Depending on Taylor's health, the Chargers could opt to keep third-stringer Easton Stick active as well.
Oct 23, 2020 12:55 PM EST
Taylor (ribs/chest) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Taylor had missed the past four games before the team's bye week after a pain-killing injection accidentally punctured his lung prior to the start of the Week 2 game against the Chiefs. It's certainly a great sign to see Taylor back healthy, however, coach Anthony Lynn already confirmed earlier this season that Justin Herbert will be the team's starting quarterback moving forward. With Taylor returning, he'll assume back up duties for Week 7 with Easton Stick relegating to the clear No. 3 option at quarterback.
Oct 21, 2020 4:08 PM EST
Taylor (ribs/chest) has been ruled out ahead of Monday's contest against the Saints, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Taylor will miss his fourth consecutive game due to the pain-killing injection which accidentally punctured his lung prior to the start of the Week 2 game against the Chiefs. More importantly, coach Anthony Lynn confirmed earlier this week No. 6 overall pick, Justin Herbert, would be the starter moving forward once Taylor returned from injury. Easton Stick will act as the primary backup to Herbert on Monday.
Oct 10, 2020 12:42 PM EST
Coach Anthony Lynn has announced that Taylor (ribs/chest) will back up Justin Herbert once he's cleared to play, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County reports.
Analysis: The Chargers had originally planned to ease Herbert -- who was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft -- into his anticipated role as the team's franchise QB, but that process was accelerated when he played very well after Taylor suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection to his rib area just before Los Angeles' Week 2 kickoff. If Taylor is unable to bounce back in time for Monday night's game against the Saints, Easton Stick will continue to serve as Herbert's backup in Week 5.
Oct 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST
Taylor (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest in Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Officially, Taylor will miss a third consecutive contest due to his injection mishap prior to Week 2. In his stead, rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert will continue to lead the Chargers offense.
Oct 2, 2020 11:52 AM EST
Taylor (chest) won't practice Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Though the Chargers haven't ruled Taylor out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, it's still expected that Justin Herbert will draw the team's Week 4 start at QB. Herbert will thus take first-team practice reps Wednesday, while Taylor is viewed as week-to-week, per Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register.
Sep 30, 2020 12:37 PM EST
Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that he's "not in a position" to rule Taylor (chest) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Taylor is recovering from both a punctured lung sustained Week 2 and cracked ribs suffered during the season opener, and Adam Schefter of ESPN previously reported that he's considered unlikely to face the Buccaneers. However, Lynn has stated on multiple occasions that Taylor will reclaim the starting job when fully healthy, so his chances of returning Week 4 can't be fully ruled out, but it looks as though Justin Herbert is at least trending toward receiving another chance to showcase his talents under center.
Sep 28, 2020 1:52 PM EST
Taylor (chest), who has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, is unlikely to gain clearance to play Week 4 at Tampa Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: In addition to dealing with the cracked ribs he sustained in the Chargers' season-opening win over the Bengals, Taylor is recovering from a punctured lung, the result of a misplaced injection he received from a team doctor prior to the Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. Justin Herbert took over as the starter for that game on short notice and will likely be under center again for at least two more games, as doctors have advised Taylor to avoid strenuous activity for two weeks. Head coach Anthony Lynn has said that Taylor will reclaim the starting job when healthy, but the Chargers' thinking on that front could change depending on how well Herbert performs Weeks 3 and 4.
Sep 27, 2020 9:22 AM EST
Taylor (lung) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Analysis: Taylor, who suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection to his rib area just before last Sunday's kickoff, will sit out Week 3 action, at a minimum, which sets the stage for rookie Justin Herbert to make his second straight start this weekend. It doesn't seem likely that Taylor will be available in Week 4, while the Chargers have yet to outline a return timetable for the veteran signal-caller.
Sep 25, 2020 12:49 PM EST
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