Taylor hauled in three of his four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against Houston. The highlight of Taylor's Week 2 performance was an 18-yard touchdown, which he caught behind the line of scrimmage and weaved through defenders to find the end zone. After playing only nine snaps Week 1, Taylor found himself on the field for 24 offensive snaps, including seven in the slot. More importantly, he tied for second on the team with four targets. Given the absence of Delanie Walker (ankle), there should be more room for Taylor to perform in the team's offense, and he flashed some of his potential in an improved Week 2 performance.
Taylor saw only one target but wasn't able to haul it in during Week 1 against Miami. Taylor was limited to only nine snaps, playing behind Tajae Sharpe in the opening game of the season. His minimal role was surprising given the cautious approach the team took with Rishard Matthews, holding him well below his usual snap count. Taylor had shown flashes of brilliance in game action in both his rookie campaign and preseason action, though it appears he'll need either injury or time to gain more trust with the coaching staff to gain an increased role.
Taylor secured all four of his targets for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' 30-14 preseason loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday. Taylor saw extensive playing time Saturday, making his touchdown catches in the first and third quarters. The second-year pro's first score capped a six-play, 75-yard first-quarter drive: Marcus Mariota found him on a screen pass that wound up going 47 yards, after Taylor did all the work by speeding up the right side of the field. He found paydirt on a second occasion when he secured a quick three-yard scoring pass from Blaine Gabbert on the Titans' first series of the third quarter. Taylor could see a considerable uptick in opportunity to open the season if Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) remains sidelined, but irrespective of the latter's status, he's poised to build on the 16-231-1 line he generated over 16 games as a rookie.
Taylor had a quiet preseason opener Thursday in Green Bay, catching one of two targets for nine yards in a 31-17 loss. Taylor's lone catch came courtesy of backup Blaine Gabbert on the team's third drive. The second-year wide receiver has been working on the outside in camp with Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) sidelined, but this poor performance suggests he still needs to develop in that role. Don't be surprised to see Taylor back in the slot when the games start to count.
Taylor caught one of three targets for five yards in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to the Patriots. Taylor's unremarkable performance in his final appearance of the season was par for the course in an underwhelming rookie campaign. He lost a battle for the slot receiver job to pending free agent Eric Decker this past offseason but shouldn't have much competition for that role next year with Tennessee unlikely to invest more draft capital into the wide receiver position after selecting Corey Davis and Taylor in the first and third rounds, respectively, of the 2017 NFL Draft.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|10||11/11||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|13||12/02||New York Jets||17||24.00|
|15||12/16||@New York Giants||6||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||27||16||231||1||9||14.44||33|