RB Fred Taylor - New England Patriots
|6-1, 229||Born: 1-27-1976||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 9|
2010 Week 1 vs CIN (14 / 71 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
If you didn't know who was running the ball for the Patriots on Sunday, you would have never known that the runner was 34 years old! So much for runners slowing down at 30! Taylor looked extremely quick and agile, and made great use of the nice running lanes he received from playing in a pass-first offense. It's very difficult to rely on any Patriot running back as a primary starter. However, if Taylor stays healthy, (which is no small task for a 34 year old) there is no reason to think he won't continue to receive 15 carries a game throughout the season. He was a major part of the gameplan against the Bengals, and if the Patriots keep moving the ball this effectively, Taylor will be milking the clock often in 2010 for New England.
2010 Week 2 vs NYJ (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor got nearly all of his carries on the first drive and then completely disappeared until the third quarter when he added one more run. Taylor didn't look particularly good or bad and the Jets are a tough opponent to run on and Taylor couldn't find any room to move, although the team only ran a total of twenty times altogether. It's clear the Patriots will switch backs until one of them gets hot and as that is the case, awfully hard to start anyone in this backfield with confidence.
2010 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor's stat line was more of a reflection on the success of BenJarvus Green-Ellis' day than it was a result of his being ineffective. He was limited to just 6 touches on the day and yielded the majority of the work to his unheralded running mate. Taylor was likely limited by a toe injury and the injury report will have to be watched if you own the veteran RB.
2010 Week 16 vs BUF (1 / -3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He has been used very limited throughout t season. Look for him to have a lot of touches next week against the Miami Dolphins who at this point might be cashing it in on a lost season and a possible lame duck coach.
2009 Week 1 vs BUF (9 / 25 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran harder and stronger than any other Pats RB. Taylor's burst isn't what it used to be, but he did get the first and goal carry at the 1 and promptly converted. We have to assume that he's the back in goal line sets, and therefore, the NE back to own in non-PPR leagues.
2009 Week 2 vs NYJ (8 / 46 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor continues to defy the calendar. He was a wrecking ball on his carries, getting a lot of his yards after contact, winning collisions, and establishing a strong inside running game on his drives. He also displayed the patience of an experienced veteran back, setting up his blocks and anticipating holes. He didn't convert on one key short yardage carry, but that was because of a complete breakdown by the offensive line.
2009 Week 3 vs ATL (21 / 105 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran just as hard and strong as he had in the first two games, but the offensive line gave him bigger holes today, so 100 yards and touchdown was no problem for the age-defying RB. He continues run with a nice initial burst, good pad level, and great intensity. Taylor got yards after contact on almost every run, and he has staked his claim to be the closest thing this team has to a lead back.
2009 Week 4 vs BAL (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
The Pats didn't go right back to Taylor after his 100 yard game, but he still ran with the same toughness and urgency we've seen all year on his limited touches. He was especially strong on a screen that he turned into a 13-yard gain.
2009 Week 16 vs JAX (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After missing the majority of the season due to injury, Taylor returned to the field (facing his former team) and the Patriots gave him a sizable workload. He only averaged 3 yards per carry, and looked a little rusty, dropping an open screen pass, but the Pats got his feet wet. Don't be surprised if they look to get him more involved in the offense in week 17 as they will want to get him back into football shape for their playoff run.
2009 Week 17 vs HOU (7 / 33 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor had a very productive day against the Texans, rushing for two short touchdowns on a pair of runs to the left end of the offensive line. Taylor's day could have been even better except he fumbled the ball in to the endzone on an off-tackle run to the right side, resulting in the Texans recovering the ball. Taylor's best run was on his second touchdown, wherein he showed quickness to the outside and closing speed to beat the Texans' linebackers to the endzone. Taylor finished the season with a career low of 269 yards on only 63 carries. He was only active in 6 games and only started one.
2009 Week 18 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor got healthy just in time to be rendered useless by the big early lead the Ravens opened up.
2008 Week 1 vs TEN (9 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Taylor did not have any holes to run through on his rushing attempts, and was not a factor in this game. He did have an opportunity in the red zone, but the pass was thrown behind him at the six yard line.
2008 Week 2 vs BUF (14 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
It usually took more than one tackler to bring him down, but he couldn't find much room and he only averaged 3.5 yards per rush. He is still quick and shifty and shows no signs of slowing up, but with the current state of the offense it's hard to see him making significant contributions.
2008 Week 3 vs IND (26 / 121 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Taylor carried the ball with great determination, attacking the line of scrimmage and refusing to go down at first contact. When he got through the line of scrimmage, Taylor showed very good cutback ability and speed to get by the first defender who came up to tackle him. He was very involved in this game emotionally also, cheering his teammates on from the sidelines.
2008 Week 4 vs HOU (10 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Taylor also had limited opportunities, also in large part due to the success of the short passing game. He had 13 touches, and ran with good strength on his pass receptions, turning short passes into good yards after the catch. He did not have much room to run, and as a result posted low rushing numbers.
2008 Week 5 vs PIT (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Taylor was limited all day. An injury to C Brad Meester coming into the game really effected the interior line blocking. Taylor had multiple tacklers in his face, saw no real cutback lanes and could not make anyone miss. He had only a limited role in the passing game.
2008 Week 6 vs DEN (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
On Taylor's second touch of the game, he took a big hit, the majority of which was absorbed by his head and neck. The hit caused Taylor to fumble the ball, but the Jaguar's main concern was his health as he left the game and didn't return until the fourth quarter. Upon his return he was used minimally, only being targeted on two passes and getting one carry. However, Taylor came through on this carry as he fought for some big extra yards to get the Jacksonville first down, allowing them to run out the clock and win the game.
2008 Week 8 vs CLE (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor was also stymied by Cleveland's defense and did not have any big plays as a result
2008 Week 9 vs CIN (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor's impact on the game was minimal. He had few opportunities and had to run hard just to get to the line of scrimmage to gain positive yards. To add insult to injury, Taylor's longest run, which was less than ten yards, was called back due to an offensive penalty
2008 Week 10 vs DET (18 / 80 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
RB Fred Taylor ran the ball well all game for the Jaguars. Taylor and RB Maurice Jones-Drew continue to be a formidable tandem in the backfield. Taylor was kept out of the end zone as Jones-Drew ran it in three times in the second quarter.
2008 Week 11 vs TEN (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Taylor had a very good first half, running with excellent power and using his speed and mobility to gain positive yards out of plays where he could have been stopped for a loss or no gain. However he had just one run of over three yards in the second half.
2008 Week 12 vs MIN (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Taylor was very quiet, as the Jaguars got behind early and needed to go to the air to get back into the game. Taylor saw just two passes head in his direction, and he dropped one of them. With Maurice Jones-Drew the far superior receiver out of the backfield, it wasn't a good situation for Taylor to put up big point totals. Jones-Drew briefly left the game with an apparent ankle injury early in the fourth quarter, but returned the following series. He didn't look to be in any pain after returning, but ankle injuries can flare up later in the day or even the day after. We'll keep you updated on how he's feeling this week, which could impact Taylor's workload next week.
2008 Week 13 vs HOU (9 / 67 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Taylor made the most of his nine carries as he averaged 7.4 yards per rush and found the end zone on a four yard run in the fourth quarter. His rushing total included longer runs of 19 and 24 yards.
2008 Week 14 vs CHI (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
This game was a milestone day for Fred Taylor. He passed O.J. Simpson in the first quarter to move into seventeenth place all time rushing. Then in the second quarter he passed Corey Dillon for sixteenth. He only needs 100 yards to pass John Riggins for fifteenth all time. Fred Taylor actually looked like a young RB in this game. On his second run he bounced of two defenders sending them to the turf. He averaged over four yards per carry against a very tough Bears defense. Most of his yards were on second efforts, a good move, or pushing the pile. He also broke many tackles.
2007 Week 1 vs TEN (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor did not have many rushing attempts and was unable to get on track. He was routinely stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. He got past the line of scrimmage once, and showed good acceleration and power, but his productivity suffered from a lack of touches. Taylor was not involved in the passing game.
2007 Week 2 vs ATL (16 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Taylor did not get past the line of scrimmage often, but did show flashes of his explosion, power and speed on a couple of plays where he gained first downs. He turned his only target from a short pass into a first down by outrunning several defenders for an 11 yard gain, displaying good concentration while reeling in the pass.
2007 Week 3 vs DEN (17 / 84 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran very well, showing excellent quickness to elude would-be tacklers and dragging defenders for extra yards when he was tackled. Taylor was used mostly on runs up the middle, and showed a willingness to hit the hole hard and grind out tough yards. He had four red zone touches but was unable to score.
2007 Week 5 vs KC (16 / 51 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran very well, using more power than quickness in taking on Kansas City's defenders, and proved to be difficult to bring down on initial contact. Taylor did most of his work on runs up the middle, and showed a willingness to take on defenders and grind out tough yards. He had two red zone touches but was unable to score, and took himself out of the game late in the fourth quarter and was stretching his legs on the sideline afterwards.
2007 Week 6 vs HOU (6 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
On Jacksonville's second play of the game, Taylor took a handoff up the middle, cut to his left and dashed down the sideline 76 yards to the Houston 14. He only carried a total of five times, but that run set the tone as the Jaguars rushed for 244 yards in the game. Taylor suffered a groin pull in the first half of the game and did not return to the field.
2007 Week 7 vs IND (11 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran with conviction and looked really quick. He did not have any red zone carries, as Jones-Drew received all the rushing attempts every time the Jaguars got close to the Indianapolis goal line. Taylor did not receive much attention in the passing game, either.
2007 Week 8 vs TB (24 / 68 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran hard, using more power than quickness as he tried to overpower Tampa Bay's smaller, speedy defenders rather than try to outrun them. Although he proved difficult to bring down on first contact, Taylor was unable to gain many yards in large part to the Buccaneers having multiple defenders coming after him on every carry. Taylor had 24 carries but was not on the field during Jacksonville's two red zone possessions.
2007 Week 9 vs NO (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran very well, using more power than quickness in taking on the Saints' defenders. He too had limited opportunities due to the Jaguars having to rely on the passing game to try to catch up after giving up 21 unanswered points, and this limited his productivity. He was solid when he ran the ball, averaging just over four yards per carry. Taylor was involved on one play in the red zone, but did not have any other opportunities close to the end zone.
2007 Week 10 vs TEN (16 / 45 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran well, and appeared on the verge of breaking loose for big gains on a couple of occasions, but was unable to get past the secondary defenders. Taylor did achieve a significant milestone, going over 10,000 yards for his career on his longest gain of the day. He made the most of his one opportunity in the red zone, scoring a touchdown.
2007 Week 11 vs SD (20 / 85 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor turned in a very workmanlike performance of 85 yards on 20 carries (4.25 YPC). It was his ability to constantly move the chains and elude first tacklers that really helped to set up Jacksonville's deep passing game. Taylor nearly scored on a nine yard run to the one yard line, but he was spun down to the ground just before he was able to get in. In fairness to him, he did have to fight for several yards just to get as far as he did, and probably should have been taken down around the five yard line or so. In compiling his 85 yards, he passed former Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith for the most yards from scrimmage in franchise history.
2007 Week 12 vs BUF (14 / 104 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Taylor gained a season high 104 yards on the day with 50 coming on a touchdown run in the first quarter. He is still the number one running back in Jacksonville as long as he's healthy.
2007 Week 13 vs IND (14 / 104 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor looked especially spry, breaking free for extra yards by using quickness to make defenders miss several times during the game. This was especially impressive against a Colts defense known for its speed and quickness. Taylor averaged 7.42 yards per carry and ran decisively between the tackles, then using his quickness to bounce several runs outside for significant gains.
2007 Week 14 vs CAR (18 / 132 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Fred Taylor had a huge game running for 132 yards on 18 carries. Throughout the game, Taylor ran hard breaking a number of tackles. From the Carolina 20 yard line, Garrard hit him on a short pass that Taylor took down to the two yard line. Later in the game, Taylor picked up four yards to the Carolina seven yard line. He didn't get another chance on that drive. Late in the third, Taylor got a carry from the three yard line but lost two yards. His highlight was an 80 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Taylor made a couple of quick cuts and was gone right up the middle. Taylor did fumble in the game when the defender put his helmet right on the ball and it flew backwards for a 21 yard loss. The defense would hold Carolina to a field goal.
2007 Week 15 vs PIT (25 / 147 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor had his fourth consecutive 100 yard game and his best rushing effort in more than two years. He ran hard and broke tackles frequently. Taylor, who last week moved into the eighteenth spot on the all time rushing list, went over the thousand yard mark for the seventh time in his career. He has the most career rushing yards of any player, who has failed to make the Pro-Bowl. Taylor had six runs of at least ten yards, including a 38 yard burst and a 12 yard touchdown run that sealed the game. Taylor now holds the opponent's records for rushing yards in a game and for his career at Heinz field.
2007 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 111 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor scored on the second play from scrimmage, a 62 yard rush through the middle. He only had seven carries on the day, and that's all the Jags needed from him. He finished the day with over a hundred yards.
2007 Week 18 vs PIT (16 / 48 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Fred Taylor rushed for only 48 yards on 16 carries. He did manage to get a rushing touchdown, but there was not much to be had against the stingy Steelers rush defense. He often turned nothing into something; however there just was not much to be had.
2007 Week 19 vs NE (13 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran with determination but did not have much room to operate against a tough New England run defense although he was one defender away from breaking a long run on a couple of his carries. Although he had two rushing attempts inside the ten yard line, he was unable to get to the end zone.
2006 Week 1 vs DAL (21 / 74 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)
Taylor carried 21 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 41 yards. His 115 total yards allowed the Jaguars to control the clock in the second half. He had 15 touches in the second half. Taylor looked healthy and ran hard.
2006 Week 2 vs PIT (22 / 92 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Taylor was a big part of the Jaguars' victory. Facing a very good run defense, Taylor was held to just 16 yards on eight carries in the first half. But he did manage a first down after a 19 yard reception. He began the second half with a 25 yard run and did well on the Jaguars' second drive of the half. He made a good second effort to convert a third down, and then broke a 14 yard run for another first down. The drive led to the opening score of the game. Taylor was used to run down the clock late in the game, but was still able to average over five yards per carry for the second half. He finished the day with 92 rushing yards and caught all three targets for a total of 29 yards.
2006 Week 3 vs IND (21 / 74 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran well during the first half, but did not have as many opportunities in the second half. He showed good quickness in making defenders miss, and was the featured back when Jacksonville was in the red zone during the first half, running the ball six times in the eight plays they ran in the red zone.
2006 Week 4 vs WAS (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Taylor was not a factor in this game as Jacksonville abandoned the run early. He was not on the field much in the second half.
2006 Week 5 vs NYJ (21 / 111 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)
Taylor had his first 100 yard game of the season. He was given the majority of the carries and remained sharp throughout the contest. Taylor's long run went for 14 yards. His touchdown was a 13 yard run through a huge hole up the middle. Taylor's 32 yard reception came on a screen pass. On the play, he broke the open-field tackle attempt of Brad Kassell to free himself for big yardage. Taylor exhibited the quickness and maneuverability to bounce runs outside when there was no hole in the middle of the line. Taylor dropped the other pass (a quick out) thrown his way.
2006 Week 7 vs HOU (16 / 84 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran well, showing good speed, power and elusiveness on several rushing attempts. He became a non-factor after his fumble in the third quarter was converted into a Houston touchdown, and Jacksonville was forced to abandon the running game. Still, he finished with respectable numbers of 84 yards on 16 carries and 19 yards on one reception.
2006 Week 8 vs PHI (15 / 103 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Taylor got things off to a strong start for Jacksonville, as he ran four times on their opening series for 34 yards. The culmination of the drive was a 15 yard touchdown for Taylor on which he was hardly touched due to such an incredible job of blocking by his offensive line and FB Derrick Wimbush. Taylor added five more official carries for 33 more yards before halftime, but he also had a 54 yard touchdown run that was called back due to a penalty. Taylor also lost a five yard catch on another penalty call. His 72 yards rushing and a touchdown for the first half proved to be more than enough offense for Jacksonville. Taylor added 23 yards on just two carries in the third quarter, but he fell hard on top of the ball on the second carry and left the game until the final period. He added just two more carries for the game in the fourth quarter for eight more yards.
2006 Week 9 vs TEN (13 / 79 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor was very effective in his limited touches, averaging six yards per carry on just 13 rushing attempts. He ran hard and decisively, and showed good escapability on several rushing attempts. He had a very good game considering there was not a big emphasis on the running game by the Jaguars.
2006 Week 10 vs HOU (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Taylor gained 63 yards on 12 attempts. His long run went for 24 yards. However, Jacksonville trailed most of the game and never committed to establishing the running game. Taylor led the Jaguars with five receptions for 71 yards. Taylor had consecutive receptions of 18 and 36 yards in the fourth quarter. Taylor had a pass go off his fingertips on Jacksonville's last possession. The announcers speculated that he may have been bothered by sun in his eyes. Taylor fumbled in the second quarter, but Reggie Williams recovered it and Jacksonville retained possession.
2006 Week 11 vs NYG (24 / 79 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Taylor got most of the work on the ground for the Jaguars, and ended the game with 79 yards on 24 carries. He ran hard, with 22 of his runs going for positive yardage. Taylor scored the first touchdown of the game with a 10 yard run. He was unfortunate on the Jaguars' final possession of the first half when he was stripped of the ball as he was about to score on a 14 yard reception. Taylor went over 2000 carries for his career during the game.
2006 Week 12 vs BUF (22 / 101 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor ran very well and seemed to be on the verge of exploding for very long gains several times, but was tackled by multiple defenders who prevented them. He still managed to gain over 100 yards rushing, and was also featured on one series inside the red zone, although he was unable to score. Taylor ran just as effectively late in the game as he did early, and seemed to benefit from the rest he is able to have during the game due to Jones-Drew's productivity.
2006 Week 13 vs MIA (19 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor saw the bulk of the carries in the rushing game with 19 for 76 yards. He was crucial in helping to run out the clock for the Jaguars late in the game.
2006 Week 14 vs IND (9 / 131 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor was very effective in his limited touches, averaging 14.5 yards per carry on just nine rushing attempts, including his first carry, which was for 76 yards. He ran with good power, and showed excellent elusiveness several times, making use of a quick spin move to gain additional yards, and good speed to get to the corner on other carries. He left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury, and although he returned to the sideline in his uniform for the remainder of the game, did not return.
2006 Week 15 vs TEN (2 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor left the game early in the first quarter after just two carries. He hurt his leg while running for a 35 yard gain, which could have been for a lot more yards had he not slowed down as a result of him feeling pain in his leg. He did not return to the game
2006 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 26 / 1 rec)
Taylor was mostly held in check. He accumulated 26 yards on the ground on seven carries, but he caught the only ball targeted for him for 26 yards and a touchdown. Taylor as a backup is a luxury the Jaguars should cherish and continue to enjoy.
2005 Week 1 vs SEA (20 / 76 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
On Taylor's first carry, he was unable to convert a red zone third and one. He was continually frustrated for most of the first three quarters, finding little room to operate. He showed some of his nifty old moves on a couple of occasions, but the Seattle defensive line did an excellent job in limiting his opportunities. Most important to Taylor owners, he didn't look to be playing hurt. He wore the knee brace as he did during the preseason but commented earlier that it was no problem. He said he'd worn a similar brace for many games in college and it was not a problem hampering his speed or mobility.
2005 Week 2 vs IND (16 / 81 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Taylor posted some pretty good numbers in the game with 89 yards on just 16 carries. He looks almost 100% recovered from his off season knee surgery and should continue to put up decent rushing numbers as long as he stays healthy. Taylor was able to make sharp cuts and was not afraid to tuck his helmet and power his way for a few extra yards. In the first half, it appeared the Jaguars were going to use Taylor as the workhorse rushing for 66 yards on 11 carries but in the second half Jacksonville showed impatience with the run and moved to a passing attack.
2005 Week 3 vs NYJ (37 / 98 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor was the workhorse who made the Jacksonville offense go during this game. Though he only averaged 2.6 yards per carry, he helped to keep the chains moving and found the end zone once. Taylor had three runs of 14 yards each and one run for seven yards. None of Taylor's remaining 33 carries went for more than four yards. Taylor was targeted once on an unsuccessful screen attempt.
2005 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Taylor was not a factor in this game. He was only able to carry the ball eight times, and was not utilized much in the passing game. It appeared that Denver's defenders manhandled Jacksonville's offensive line, as Taylor spent most of his eight carries attempting to evade a Bronco defender behind the line of scrimmage. Taylor did have one reception called back due to a penalty on one of Jacksonville's offensive linemen.
2005 Week 5 vs CIN (24 / 132 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor did an outstanding job running the football. He did not appear to have any lingering effects from his knee surgery, as he showed quick feet in making defenders miss, and sharp cutting ability, which resulted in large gains. On one play, a Bengals' defender appeared to have Taylor wrapped up for a loss, but Taylor made a spin move to free himself, then made two additional defenders miss him as he ran for positive yardage. The combination of speed and power that Taylor has was too much for Cincinnati's defenders. There were numerous occasions where he dragged multiple defenders several yards before being brought down. There were many other occasions where he changed direction quickly, and outran the pursuing defenders for large gains.
2005 Week 8 vs STL (22 / 165 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Taylor had a very good game running the football. It did not appear as though his ankle was bothering him, as he showed he could cut at full speed several times during the game. He also demonstrated he has no problem taking contact and dragging defenders with him for additional yardage, which he did on multiple occasions.
2005 Week 9 vs HOU (12 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Taylor left the game early in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Prior to the injury, he was having a solid game. While he did not reel off one of the long runs he is known for, he put in a workmanlike effort in both the running and passing games. Though the Texans were keying on Taylor, he still managed to power his way through tacklers for a 4.0 yards per carry average.
2005 Week 11 vs TEN (6 / -8 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor started but had a very sub-par game, in large part to the run defense of the Titans. He was stopped behind the line of scrimmage several times, and did not have a chance to get going. He did not play most of the second half
2005 Week 14 vs IND (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor returned from injury, but was not effective, thanks to a very determined Colts' defense. Taylor did not have an opportunity to break through the initial wave of defenders, and was ineffective in this game.
2005 Week 15 vs SF (17 / 61 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Taylor also played well considering he split carries with Jones. While he did not have any long runs, Taylor ran hard and with power, and gained positive yards on the majority of his rushing attempts. He was unable to get outside and use his speed, as San Francisco's defenders caught him before he could run past them, but Taylor turned in a workmanlike 74 combined yards.
2005 Week 16 vs HOU (22 / 101 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
After sharing the load last week with Greg Jones, this week Taylor was the workhorse for Jacksonville with 22 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. Taylor had success running the ball inside and outside the tackles throughout most of the game. Although most of his carries were relatively short gains, he did have a nice 18 yard gain on a draw play on second down and 15 yards to go. Taylor had the misfortune of being replaced by Toefield at the goal line on two occasions. He scored on a 15 yard run in the fourth quarter aided by poor tackling by Houston. Taylor has just three rushing touchdowns for the season and this marked just his third game with over 100 yards.