Taylor signed a one-year contract with the Vikings on Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Taylor missed the 2018 season with a hip injury, but he'll get another chance with the Vikings this year. In two seasons with the Broncos, Taylor caught 29 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings have a talented set of receivers led by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, so Taylor fits in as a depth asset and will need to contribute on special teams.
Taylor has workouts scheduled with the Vikings on Monday and the Seahawks on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Taylor missed the entire 2018 season after having surgery on both hips. He's spent his entire pro career with the Broncos, landing on the practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2015, then catching 29 passes in 26 games between the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. These workouts are Taylor's opportunity to show two teams in search of wide receiver depth that he's fully healthy and ready to contribute once again. He'll hope to stick on the back end of a 53-man roster as a No. 4/5 receiver that can handle a sizable workload on special teams.
Taylor isn't expected to be tendered a contract by the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Taylor is a restricted free agent but would become an unrestricted free agent if the team doesn't make an offer. The 27-year-old missed the entirety of the 2018 season as he had difficulties in his recovery from hip surgery following the 2017 season.
The Broncos can activate Taylor (hip) next week, but he's still battling soreness and has lost 15 pounds since his surgeries, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports. Jhabvala relayed that Taylor still feels as though he's a ways away. Even if things were to break in the manner most favorable to Taylor's fantasy prospects -- he regains full health and the Broncos trade away one of their veteran receivers -- Taylor would still be no better than fifth or sixth in the receiver hierarchy behind the likes of first-year players Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick. If Taylor's activated, it'd likely be more for special teams purposes than anything else.
Taylor (hip) returned to practice Monday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Taylor has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since prior to the regular season after undergoing hip surgery earlier this spring. The Broncos have up to 21 days to decide whether to activate Taylor to the active roster or to place him on injured reserve, so keep tabs on the situation in the coming weeks.
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