WR Taywan Taylor - Tennessee Titans
|5-11, 203||Born: 3-2-1995||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
Week 14: vs Jacksonville Jaguars
FBG says: Bad matchup. Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense continued to show their inconsistency in last week's game as they could not move the ball effectively at all until after the half when Mariota led a furious rally to win from two touchdowns behind. While the offensive line struggled to protect Mariota, he did have some clean pockets to throw from at times, which Mariota took full advantage of by connecting with receivers from 20 or more yards out on six separate occasions. Mariota has been reluctant to push the ball downfield for much of the season, but he has picked up his deep balls in recent weeks. Taywan Taylor was the beneficiary last week as he returned from an injury that had held him out since Week 9. Taylor hauled in catches of 44 and 55 yards despite his first target not coming until the fourth quarter. Corey Davis saw an uptick in targets last week after back-to-back outings with just four targets in each. He hauled in the game-winning touchdown for his third score in the last four games as Davis, but competition for touches is high in this offense--especially with Mariota airing it out to nine different players in last week's game. With names like Cameron Batson and Anthony Firkser to consider, along with Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe finally getting healthy, it will be tough to rely on any one weapon in this passing offense. The Jaguars secondary has been the subject of much criticism as of late with on-field play slipping far below expectations compared to their elite 2017 season. The secondary has been inconsistent while the pass rush has looked very lackluster with just 24 sacks on the season--sixth-fewest in the league. Last week was quite the bounce-back game for this unit though, as they shut out the Colts while making Andrew Luck look as terrible as he has all season. The coverage was strong with both A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey back to their normal selves despite Ramsey coming into last week as questionable with a knee injury. He looked just fine and should pose a very difficult matchup for top Titans receiver Corey Davis this week. Ramsey contributed to holding Davis to just two receptions for 34 yards in their last meeting, granted that was with an injured Marcus Mariota who should never have been on the field in the first place. The Titans offensive line has played very poorly in recent weeks and may not hold up to the talent from the Jaguars defense, despite their underwhelming performances against opposing quarterbacks this season. Overall, this is not a matchup anyone on this Titans offense should be looking forward to despite the struggles of this Jacksonville defense throughout the season.
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 13 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 104 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor made a boisterous return to the field this week after being sidelined since Week 9. Taylor would lead the Titans in receiving yards highlighted by a couple of spectacular deep balls in the fourth quarter. He would not even see a target until the first play of the fourth quarter when Mariota missed him deep over the middle. On the next drive, they connected on a 44-yard deep ball where Taylor leaped forward to make a spectacular catch over his shoulder. On the first play of the next drive, Taylor streaked downfield on his way to a 55-yard reception as his straight-line speed was simply too much for the Jets secondary. Taylor was again the target of the first pass of the next drive as he hauled in the short one for five yards to get him over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career.
2018 Week 9 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor was forced to exit this game with a foot injury after hauling in his second reception of the night. He was able to walk off under his own power, but Taylor would not return to the game.
2018 Week 7 vs LAC (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Taywan Taylor was not much of a factor last week with only one reception on two targets. His other target was an ugly drop of what would have been at least a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter as the ball bounced right off his chest.
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 | Six grabs for Taywan Taylor (Thu Dec 6, 11:24 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor caught six passes on seven targets for 59 yards in a 30-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. Our View: Taylor almost had an additional long catch that would have put him near 100 yards on the night. He'll be worth considering as a WR3/Flex next week against the Giants in big play leagues.
link to story Titans | Big game for Taywan Taylor (Sun Dec 2, 11:10 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor caught three of his five targets for 104 yards in a 26-22 win over the New York Jets in Week 13. link to story Titans | Week 13 injury report for Titans (Fri Nov 30, 03:52 PM) - Tennessee Titans RB David Fluellen (knee) and S Dane Cruikshank (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and have been ruled out for Week 13. CB Malcolm Butler (concussion), CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), OG Josh Kline (shoulder), OT Taylor Lewan (ankle), WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle), WR Taywan Taylor (foot) and LB Will Compton (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report. link to story Titans | Thursday injury report for Titans (Thu Nov 29, 04:00 PM) - Tennessee Titans S Dane Cruikshank (knee) and RB David Fluellen (knee) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 29. LB Will Compton (hamstring) was limited. CB Malcolm Butler (concussion), CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), OG Joshua Kline (shoulder), OT Taylor Lewan (ankle), WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle) and WR Taywan Taylor (foot) participated fully. link to story Titans | Wednesday injury report for Titans (Wed Nov 28, 05:43 PM) - Tennessee Titans S Dane Cruikshank (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28. CB Malcolm Butler (concussion), RB David Fluellen (knee), CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), OG Josh Kline (shoulder), OT Taylor Lewan (ankle) and WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle) were limited. WR Taywan Taylor (foot) fully participated. link to story More News
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