WR Taywan Taylor - Tennessee Titans
|5-11, 203||Born: 3-2-1995||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Taylor did get free for what should have been a long score, but Marcus Mariota missed him. There could be better days to come, but this offense needs to put together two good weeks in a row before we would trust Taylor again.
Week 7: at Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Great matchup. The Titans passing offense has been one of the most unreliable units in the game, averaging under 180 passing yards per game with only four touchdowns compared to five interceptions. Marcus Mariota has passed for fewer than 130 yards in four of five games with twice as many interceptions (4) as passing touchdowns (2). His offensive line has a near-historic terrible performance last week as they allowed 11 sacks--one shy of tying an NFL record. Corey Davis is the top target here, but he struggled in coverage last week and can't do much when his quarterback can't come close to finding him with the ball. Outside of Davis, the rest of these offensive weapons have been far too unreliable to be considered as viable options. The Chargers passing defense showed some signs of improvement as they had their best game of the season against Baker Mayfield and the Browns last week. When facing suspect quarterbacks such as Baker Mayfield, Derek Carr, and Josh Allen, this unit has naturally looked great--amassing five interceptions to just three passing touchdowns allowed in those matchups. When facing better offenses such as the Rams and Chiefs though, they have of course been put on display as a reeling secondary. One big struggle has been the pass rush, but this defensive line racked up four sacks while the secondary chipped in for a fifth last week. Facing a Titans offensive line coming off a historically terrible performance, the five-sack game against Cleveland gives the Chargers solid momentum. Slot cornerback Desmond King had a great game last week as he blanketed Jarvis Landry while racking up a couple interceptions in the second half. King has had some up and down games, but he is playing well right now and should help put a lid on Taywan Taylor's upside. Corey Davis should be in line to draw a decent matchup against the worst of the three Chargers cornerbacks, Trevor Williams. However, rookie safety Derwin James has been a spectacular addition to this secondary and will definitely be helping keep an eye on the Titans' top receiver Davis.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Taywan Taylor's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor hauled in only one reception as he was minimally involved in the offense on a day where Marcus Mariota was sacked 11 times. Taylor did have a wide open deep look late in the first quarter that would have been a touchdown if not overthrown by Mariota.
2018 Week 5 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor cost the Titans on their first drive, fumbling after catching a short pass for five yards. Later in the first quarter, taylor took a flip pass in the backfield for six yards on a play that confused the Bills defense with Dion Lewis running the opposite direction. Taylor's biggest play of the game came right after the two-minute warning before halftime as he hauled in a pass on a comeback route in the flats for 19 yards, getting the Titans into Bills territory. Taylor was not targeted at all during the second half.
2018 Week 4 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 77 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor saw a heavy workload here as the departure of Rishard Matthews led to Taylor serving as the Titans #2 receiver behind Corey Davis. Taylor got involved in the third drive as he was the recipient of a short pass for 12 yards to kick it off. He was the culprit of a false start penalty on the next play, but then followed it up with another big catch for 16 yards. Later in the drive, Taylor nearly brought in a deep ball that would have been at least a 40-yard gain if not for an excellent play by the defender to knock the ball away. Taylor would see one more reception before halftime. Taylor had a relatively uneventful second half before making what was one of the biggest plays of the game for the Titans. On 4th-and-15 in overtime, the Titans had to convert to avoid taking the loss. Taylor would find his way behind the coverage to haul in a huge catch that moved the chains and kept the Titans in the game. This was his last reception of the game to cap off what would be the most productive game of his short career with highs in both receptions and receiving yards.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor led the team in targets and receptions, but each reception came on very short routes for meager single-digit games. He really had no highlight-worthy plays here, but the usage was encouraging to see him targeted so heavily despite this being an overall terrible day for the Titans passing offense.
2018 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)
Taywan Taylor saw two of his three receptions come on the second drive of the game, with his best being a touchdown reception to cap off the drive. Taylor did it all with individual effort on what looked like a busted screen pass, but he made a nice spin move before fighting his way through tacklers all the way into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Taylor would see another short pass before halftime and was not targeted at all during the second half of the game.
Latest NewsTitans | Taywan Taylor has rough afternoon (Sun Oct 7, 04:15 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor picked up three receptions for 30 yards on five targets in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills, but he lost a fumble, too. Our View: Taylor's early fumble gave the Bills all of the momentum and he never made a big play to atone for the mistake. There was excitement about his role as the #2 in this offense solidifying heading into Week 5, but both he and the Titans were immense disappointments.
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