WR Travis Taylor - Detroit Lions
|6-1, 199||Born: 3-30-1979||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
2007 Week 2 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Taylor came into the game when Oakland ran their three receiver sets, but was not targeted.
2007 Week 7 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Taylor was signed recently to help bolster an injury depleted group of receivers. He was the fifth option in the passing attack, which doesn't bode well considering how the second, third, and fourth options fared.
2006 Week 1 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Taylor was not much of a factor in the passing game and was only targeted twice. His one reception came on a play over the middle and he gained 24 yards.
2006 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Taylor pulled in a long 36 yard crossing route off of a play action pass from QB Brad Johnson after six consecutive runs by RB Chester Taylor at the start of the game. Taylor was also targeted at the goal line on a third and goal play at the end of the drive, but the pass was a bit too far out in front of him. He made an eye opening grab leaping high and reaching back over the top of a defender to snatch the pass. Taylor was the only Vikings' wide receiver to catch a ball in the first half. He disappeared in the second half with no targets.
2006 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
Taylor started opposite Troy Williamson and led the Vikings with six catches for 82 yards.
2006 Week 4 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Taylor was Brad Johnson's favorite target for the game but only caught four passes for 28 yards. His longest reception of the game was just 11 yards, late in the game. Taylor was the intended receiver on Johnson's second interception.
2006 Week 5 vs DET (8 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Taylor followed up one of the most potentially costly plays of the game with one of the most crucial. He fumbled midway through the third quarter trying to stretch out to get a first down, and the ball was recovered by Detroit. Taylor made up for that gaffe early in the fourth quarter, hauling in a wide open three yard touchdown pass from Johnson to close the gap to 17-10.
2006 Week 7 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Taylor caught a pair of Brad Johnson passes for 25 yards.
2006 Week 8 vs NE (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Taylor was targeted once in the first half. He made the catch but it was ruled out due to offensive pass interference. He was later seen on the sidelines having his eye examined. He saw more action in the second half and caught three passes. Two were for first downs of 22 yards and nine yards.
2006 Week 9 vs SF (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Taylor's biggest impact on this game was a horrible penalty he committed on an illegal block during a 65 yard touchdown reception by Chester Taylor that got the play called back. Taylor had three receptions for 19 yards but, he made little impact in the game outside of the penalty.
2006 Week 10 vs GB (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Taylor had another unspectacular game as he had three catches for 28 yards. He simply has trouble getting open and got an offensive pass interference penalty on a key third down play in the game trying to get separation from the defender. This is a penalty he seems to get called for quite often.
2006 Week 11 vs MIA (8 / 8 / 67 / 0 rec)
Taylor had a good game as he had a career high eight receptions in the game. Taylor was worked into the offense early in the game as he had four catches for 46 yards in the first half. His longest reception in the game was an 18 yard reception where he was tackled on the Miami one yard line just short of the end zone. Taylor also had a nice 13 yard catch on crossing route for a first down where the defender draped all over him. All of Taylor's other catches were short possession passes of five to ten yards. Taylor led the Vikings with 67 yards receiving in the game.
2006 Week 12 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Taylor had five receptions for 56 yards in a solid performance. He started out strong catching a 17 yard pass on first drive of the game. He also had 7 yard completion for a first down in the first half. He caught an 11 yard catch on the first play in the second half for a first down. Taylor also caught a big 13 yard reception in the Arizona 15 yard line for a first down. On the same drive he drew a pass interference penalty that put the ball on the Cardinal five yard line. Taylor didn't have huge numbers in the game but was effective possession receiver and made a few important catches for first downs.
2006 Week 13 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Taylor was a non-factor in the game. He had no catches or targets in the first half and only caught two passes for nine yards in the second half.
2006 Week 14 vs DET (3 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Taylor caught a 30 yard pass on seam route up the middle in the second quarter for a first down. It was his only catch of the game.
2006 Week 15 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)
Taylor scored the opening touchdown of the game on a high toss from QB Brad Johnson. Johnson was under pressure from a Jets blitz where the secondary was in zero coverage (no safety help), which allowed him to throw the ball up for grabs to Taylor. Taylor completed his post route and eluded his one defender to the middle of the field and collected the high arcing pass for a 30 yard touchdown on his first target of the game. Taylor added two more short catches before halftime, then added three catches on four chances in the final period, highlighted by a long 31 yard catch from QB Tarvaris Jackson, who played the entire fourth quarter. Taylor was also the intended receiver of a failed two point attempt in the final period.
2006 Week 16 vs GB (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Taylor caught one pass in the first half that was negated by a penalty, but that was his only first half target. When Troy Williamson found himself in the doghouse after another drop, Taylor became the primary threat again. He was targeted a team high six times with Williamson getting no action. Despite the extra looks, Taylor managed just one reception. Of course, he also had a 42 yard grab late in the fourth quarter that was negated due to a penalty, par for the course with the Minnesota passing unit in this game.
2006 Week 17 vs STL (6 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Taylor had a 21 yard reception up the middle of the field in the third quarter, his longest of the game. He added four more catches for 32 more yards in the game including a three yard touchdown catch with about two minutes left in the game. He finished the game with a team high five receptions and 54 yards.
2005 Week 1 vs TB (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Travis Taylor made a nice catch for 25 yards, but he seemed lost in the mix with all the different receiving options.
2005 Week 2 vs CIN (12 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)
Taylor saw ten of his 13 targets in the second half, mostly after Nate Burleson left the game with an injury. Consequently, he was the Vikings' leading receiver.
2005 Week 3 vs NO (6 / 3 / 40 / 2 rec)
Taylor seemed to be on the verge of a breakout game, with two TDs in the first quarter. However, he was targeted only two times after the first quarter, finishing with three receptions for 40 yards.
2005 Week 4 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Taylor was the leading target for Culpepper in the game and had five catches for 62 yards. He will continue to see plenty of playing time while Nate Burleson remains sidelined with an injury.
2005 Week 6 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Taylor had a nice 31 yard catch on a post route to move the Vikings deep into Chicago territory in third quarter action. Aside from this reception, he had a quiet afternoon.
2005 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Taylor was primarily used as the third receiver with the return of Nate Burleson. He finished the game with three receptions for 36 yards including a 19 yard catch that put the Vikings into Green Bay territory as the Vikings continued their rally.
2005 Week 8 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Taylor did not catch a pass until the second half and had just two catches in the game. He had a nice 15 yard reception that put the Vikings in a first a goal situation. His other reception was a short two yard completion in the third quarter.
2005 Week 9 vs DET (4 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Taylor caught all four of his targets in the game but ended with just 27 yards to lead the Vikings. A five yard reception brought Taylor close to the end zone but was tackled at the three yard line. Taylor has not scored a touchdown since week three against New Orleans.
2005 Week 10 vs NYG (6 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Taylor caught one pass for eleven yards. He had a 27 yard touchdown called back for offensive pass interference on a play where he pushed Curtis Deloatch. He also dropped a perfectly thrown over the shoulder pass from Brad Johnson.
2005 Week 11 vs GB (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Both of Taylor's receptions went for first downs. The second was a excellent 35 yard grab on a badly thrown, jump ball type pass from Johnson.
2005 Week 12 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Taylor continues to be among the team leaders in targets every week, though disappears at times throughout the game. Most of Taylor's targets came early, and he did a good job of pulling them in.
2005 Week 13 vs DET (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Taylor had 14 yards on his only catch of the day.
2005 Week 14 vs STL (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Taylor gained eight yards on his only catch of the game.
2005 Week 15 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Taylor had three catches for 28 yards, including an 18 yarder into Pittsburgh territory in the second quarter, but Johnson threw his second interception four plays later.
2005 Week 16 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Taylor capped off the opening drive with a touchdown. It was a simple post pattern. CB Chris McAllister just let him run right by for the easy score. Taylor did a nice job of preventing an interception on his second target. WB Brad Johnson threw a terrible pass that S Ed Reed nearly picked off, but Taylor fought hard with Reed keeping him from catching the ball after it was deflected up into the air. Taylor caught a quick dump off pass on a blitz sight adjust and broke a tackle gaining 16 yards up the middle of the field, but dropped a sure first down on third and long two plays later. The pass was thrown low at his knees, but Taylor was alone on the side of the field and should have pulled it in.
2005 Week 17 vs CHI (9 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)
Taylor showed great hands on an early 25 yard reception over the middle on a pass that was thrown well behind him. He looked pretty good on-field, demonstrating a lot of effort and guts. But he also looked to be having fun off the field, on the sidelines, etc. We don't anticipate Taylor being a starting WR in Minnesota next year, but there are worse fill-ins and bye week fill-ins than Taylor, who actually had a decent season for the amount of time he played.