Taylor said he's exclusively been playing at outside receiver through the first few days of training camp, PaulKuharsky.com reports.
Taylor primarily worked the slot as a rookie, logging 144 of his 246 offensive snaps in Weeks 3-7 when an injury to Corey Davis pushed Eric Decker outside. With Decker removed from the picture this offseason, the obvious solution was to have Taylor compete with Michael Campanaro and Tajae Sharpe for the slot/No. 3 role. The Titans are instead using Taylor as their No. 2 receiver, even leaving him outside in three-wide formations. While the plan could change if/when Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) is ready to practice, we at least need to consider the possibility that new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur simply prefers to keep Taylor outside. It's hard to say how the unexpected plan would impact Taylor's production, as he'd likely get more playing time but would probably draw fewer targets per snap than if he were playing the slot.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson doesn't anticipate adding any marquee wide receivers, as he's happy with the current group consisting of Taylor, Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis and Tajae Sharpe, Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com reports.
Selected 72nd overall in last year's draft, Taylor was fourth or fifth on the wideout depth chart for most of his rookie season, catching 16 of 27 targets for 231 yards (8.6 per target) and one touchdown. He'll likely get a shot to replace Eric Decker in the No. 3 role, though Sharpe and another veteran or draft pick also figure to be in the mix during training camp. While not especially impressive in terms of size (5-foot-11) or straight-line speed (4.5 40), Taylor could fit nicely in the slot between Davis and Matthews, the Titans' presumptive starters out wide.
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.
Taylor caught his only target for four yards in Saturday's 22-21, wild-card round win over the Chiefs.
Taylor continues to see minimal usage with all three of the wide receivers ahead of him on the depth chart healthy. Don't expect that to change this postseason.
Taylor finished without a catch but contributed a five-yard run in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jaguars.
The win secured a playoff spot for Tennessee, but the rookie wideout didn't have much of a hand in that accomplishment. While Taylor has big-play potential thanks to his speed and ability to make defenders miss in the open field, he didn't get to showcase those skills much in a rookie season that finishes with 16 catches for 231 yards and a touchdown in addition to 43 yards on eight rushing attempts.
|P3||8/25/18||@ PIT||4:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ LAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/18||@ DAL||8:15 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/18||@ HOU||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|