Taylor saved one of his more productive efforts of the season for last, as his seven stops equaled his second-highest total of the campaign. Taylor saw an extended run as a starter in the middle after Kwon Alexander (knee) was lost for the season in Week 7, and he was adequate in the role while compiling a career-high 60 tackles and a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and five passes defensed overall. Taylor now heads into unrestricted free agency after having played in 45 out of a possible 48 games for the Bucs over the last three seasons, and he could certainly find a role as a depth option and special teams stalwart elsewhere if Tampa doesn't bring him back into the fold.
Taylor returned to action after a one-game absence in Week 15 against the Ravens due to a personal issue. The 28-year-old checked in behind the safety duo of Andrew Adams and Jordan Whitehead in tackles for the Bucs on the afternoon, and he's now posted between four and nine stops in six of the last seven games. Taylor will look to put together a strong finish to his season against the Falcons in Week 17.
Taylor (personal) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Taylor missed Sunday's loss to the Ravens due to a personal issue, but now appears to have fully returned to team activities. There's no reason to doubt the starting linebacker's availability for Tampa Bay's tilt against the Cowboys in Week 16.
As previously reported, Taylor (personal) is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Ravens.
Taylor has been manning the middle linebacker spot in place of Kwon Alexander (IR-knee), so his absence further depletes a thin position. Smith also reports that Riley Bullough will start in Taylor's place against a run-heavy Ravens offense.
Taylor missed the Buccaneers' flight out of Florida on Saturday while awaiting the birth of his child. It appears he'll remain away from the team to be with his family Sunday, leaving Devante Bond and Riley Bullough to fill starting roles at linebacker alongside standout Lavonte David.
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||13||11.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||31||22.0||9||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||60||41.0||19||1||1||7||7.0||7||0||5|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||1|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|