WR Taylor Gabriel - Chicago Bears
|5-8, 176||Born: 2-17-1991||College: Abilene Christian||Drafted: ---|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Taylor Gabriel's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 18 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)
Taylor Gabriel was largely the second receiver for the Bears this week and was largely used as the second receiver as Trey Burton was out and Tarik Cohen was largely non-effective. Gabriel who was quiet for a majority of the game stepped up in a big way in the fourth quarter on a key 3rd and 11 as he was able to hang onto a pass in which he took a big hit from Corey Graham as he was surrounded by three Eagles defenders.
2018 Week 17 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
With no Allen Robinson in this game, Taylor Gabriel once again was looked upon to step up and he did before leaving this game with a rib injury. Gabriel left the game in the second quarter after a 42-yard completion on a diving catch that got the Bears down to the half-yard line. Gabriel simply out-ran defender Holton Hill utilizing Gabriel's speed for the near touchdown. Gabriel was a big factor early on in this game, and if Robinson is unable to go next week, Gabriel will once again be looked to play a significant role in this offense.
2018 Week 16 vs SF (3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Gabriel is the type of player who is not going to beat defenses with his route running ability, but instead, it's his speed that allows him to be productive. In this game, this was evidenced by a 16-yard play over the middle in which was only thrown four yards downfield, but Gabriel was able to use his speed to cut it up the middle for an additional 12 yards. Gabriel continues to see short passes in which the Bears are sacrificing upside for high efficiency which has greatly limited the upside of Gabriel on a week-to-week basis.
2018 Week 15 vs GB (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Taylor Gabriel has fallen on hard times recently as his role in this offense continues to diminish. With just three targets this week, Gabriel who had a defined role as a vertical speed player with Allen Robinson out is now being asked to run routes very similar to Tarik Cohen which are speed horizontal type routes. Gabriel is still a nice complimentary role player as defenses have to respect his speed every time he is on the field, but he has turned into a third or fourth option in the passing game for this Bears team.
2018 Week 14 vs LAR (7 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Gabriel was largely a non-factor in this game as while he saw seven targets in this game was largely unable to connect with Trubisky. The issue for Gabriel continues to be that he is not getting the deep targets that he was getting earlier this season now that Allen Robinson has returned from injury. He is primarily being used as a non-primary underneath receiver.
2018 Week 13 vs NYG (7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
This was largely a game that Taylor Gabriel wanted to forget. Gabriel was largely a non-factor and when he was a factor it was due to a late fumble in the fourth quarter that ultimately allowed the Giants to kick a field goal to make the game a 10 point game with just 2 minutes left. Gabriel was targeted 7 times in this game but wasn't able to get on the same page with Daniel in this game.
2018 Week 12 vs DET (8 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Taylor Gabriel continues to play a possession receiver role with Allen Robinson's return and Anthony Miller's continued development. This week was no different as the Bears used Gabriel using him primarily on quick out routes to get the ball out of Chase Daniel's hands quickly. The Bears also tried to get him in space on two plays throwing to Gabriel behind the backfield and while he was unable to do much it is still a great sign that the Bears are making a concerted effort to get Gabriel the ball even with a healthy receiving group back.
2018 Week 11 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 52 / 0 rec, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Taylor Gabriel was a big part of the Bears game plan in this game as they spread Gabriel out on horizontal type crossing routes in order to get him in space. The Bears did take two shots to Gabriel however as they tried to get the speedster vertical but had no success doing it as one of the passes was intercepted as Trubisky threw the ball in triple coverage and the other ended up being incomplete. Gabriel seemingly will continue to play the underneath possession type receiving role which he has excelled at, but the Bears will continue to take their one or two deep shots to him per game to keep the defense honest.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Like Cohen, the Bears just did not need Taylor Gabriel in this game to make any spectacular plays as they kept the game close to the vest. For a small receiver, Gabriel does a tremendous job with his catch radius as he knows how to position himself on a deep over the middle pass in which Gabriel was able to come back to a ball that was thrown behind him and adjust his body for 22 yards.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Gabriel was close to breaking a big one in the first quarter on a five-yard out route that Gabriel made the first defender miss on a juke only to be tripped up by Marcus Maye on a shoelace tackle in which if not for that Gabriel would have scored an 87-yard touchdown. Gabriel continues to be dynamic each time he touches the ball and the Bears are going to continue to take their deep shots down the field with him, but this week the Bears were unable to connect on the deep ball to Gabriel as it was a poorly thrown ball by Trubisky on an overthrow.
2018 Week 7 vs NE (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Patriots game planned to take Taylor Gabriel away from the Bears this week as they often had a safety over the top and to prevent the long play from Gabriel. This is to be expected as teams continue a focus on the speedy wide receiver. Gabriel had just three catches in this game and was infrequently targeted as he was often double covered with a defender underneath and over the top.
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (5 / 5 / 110 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Taylor Gabriel continues to be the perfect receiver for this offense. Each week seemingly he has continued to grow within this offense and it was exemplified this week with nine targets including a spectacular catch deep on the outside in which the defender was draped all over him and Gabriel was still able to come down with the ball on a deep throw. Gabriel was able to add another long reception for 54 yards in which he simply outran the cornerback and had several yards separation. What was particularly good to see regarding Gabriel was his usage lining up at various different receiving positions to create mismatches with his elite speed.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (7 / 7 / 104 / 2 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
After a very modest start to the season, Gabriel broke out in a big way this week against Tampa. He hauled in 2 separate 3-yard touchdown catches and had big catches of 30 and 33 yards. Gabriel caught all 7 of his targets this week and played a bigger role in the offense than he has in any other game this season. His 33-yard reception was a pass deep down the right sideline. The play prior he had run the same route and his corner was called for defensive holding. The Bears must have seen something they liked as they went back to the same play for the big gain. They ran a similar play for his 33-yard catch and again targeted Tampa deep down the left side. His first touchdown catch came on a shovel pass that he took off the end for an easy touchdown. The Bears lined up in a bunch formation and looked like they were going to try and power the ball up the middle. Gabriel ran across the formation and took the forward pitch from Trubisky for an easy touchdown. His second touchdown was a quick out that Trubisky threw a dart right to his chest. Gabriel's first step created enough separation for Trubisky to fit the ball in and then it was an easy 3-yard sprint into the end zone.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (10 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
In an effort to get Trubisky going and to feel more comfortable, the coaching staff called several quick hitting plays and highlighted the ability of Gabriel. He led the team with 10 targets but only hauled in 6 of them. Trubisky never found a groove after these easy completions and Gabriel could not turn them into bigger plays. HE averaged just under 6 yards per catch and only had one reception go for 10+ yards. Arizona's defense was not overbearing by any means, but Trubisky could not make anything happen through the air. Gabriel is a boom or bust candidate for the Bears and they will have to try and utilize his speed better if they want him to fall on the boom side of that spectrum.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Much like Cohen, the Seahawks had a plan in this game to leave Allen Robinson one on one for a majority of the game and to ensure that they were not beaten by the big play. Gabriel came close to a big play in the second possession of the game as he overthrew Gabriel on a deep pass that would have resulted in a big gain and a possible touchdown.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
The Bears tried to utilize Gabriel's speed in this game, and had success on the first drive as he was wide open on a deep out getting separation from the defensive back on him as Kevin King had to respect Taylor Gabriel's speed on a streak route leaving Gabriel wide open when he cut the route off and turned toward the sideline. Outside of this reception, Gabriel did not do much as he had four receptions for negative six yards as the team tried to get him involved in bubble screens and get him out in space, however, this was largely unsuccessful.
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