Taylor caught seven of nine targets for 77 yards during Sunday's 26-23 win over the Eagles.
Facing fourth and 15 and trailing in overtime, Marcus Mariota uncorked a rope to Taylor on the left sideline, a gain of 19 yards on the way to the Titans' comeback win. His seven catches matched his previous season total and his 77 yards passed his previous season total. Was it Mariota's improved health or a thinned out depth chart that did the trick? It's tough to say at this point. Sunday's game against a middle-of-the-road Bills pass defense should help shed some light.
Based on name recognition alone, the departure of Matthews is notable, but through three games, he logged just three catches on six targets for 11 yards, so it's not as though there's a great statistical void to be filled. With Corey Davis having established himself as the Titans' top receiver, Taylor is now a candidate to cement the team's No. 2 role at the position, with Tajae Sharpe also in the mix. In Week 3's 9-6 win over the Jaguars, Taylor recorded four catches for 30 yards on a team-high five targets. Looking ahead, as QB Marcus Mariota moves past the elbow issue that limited his passing upside last weekend, Taylor figures to see enough of an uptick in production to merit fantasy consideration in deeper formats.
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.
Vrabel specifically mentioned Taylor's speed as a threat to opposing defenses and the need to get him more involved in the offense as a result. Taylor played just nine snaps in Week 1 against Miami, and failed to connect with Marcus Mariota on an endzone target. However, with Delanie Walker (ankle) likely out for the season, another pass-catcher will need to step up in the Titans offense, and Taylor could emerge with a larger role.
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.
|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|
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