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August 2, 2020 06:12 PM
Taquan Mizzell: Hits waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Saints waived Mizzell on Sunday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Mizzell hasn't logged an NFL snap in a game that matters since the Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles in January 2019. In the meantime, he resided on the Saints' practice squad last season and signed a reserve/future contract back in January. Mizzell will search for employment elsewhere.

January 7, 2020 08:40 PM
Saints' Taquan Mizzell: Inks deal with Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Monday, Mike Triplett of reports.

Mizzell didn't play an NFL snap this season, as he spent the entirety of 2019 on the Saints' practice squad. The 26-year-old has 12 games of NFL experience with the Bears over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, during which he recorded eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown while also contributing as a kick returner.

September 1, 2019 11:16 PM
Taquan Mizzell: Joins Saints' practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell went unclaimed on waivers and signed with New Orleans' practice squad Sunday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Mizzell had a series of quiet performances over the preseason with the Bears and was released Saturday. The 25-year-old shifted back and forth from running back and receiver over the course of the preseason, but ultimately couldn't stick to the Bears' roster as either.

August 25, 2019 12:12 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Catches one pass
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell caught one pass for nine yards in Chicago's win over the Colts on Saturday.

Mizzell entered the game in the second half when the deepest of the reserves were playing. On his reception, he was lined up as a wide receiver in the slot, a position he had been working at in the offseason, in addition to his work as a running back. After a lackluster preseason, he'll be on the bubble in terms of making the 53-man roster.

August 19, 2019 11:48 AM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Quiet performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell netted minus-1 yard on four carries in the Bears' preseason loss to the Giants on Friday.

After posting 35 yards on four touches in the preseason opener, Mizzell followed that up with a very uninspiring performance. He'll continue to battle with Ryan Nall and Kerrith Whyte for the No. 4 running back spot as the preseason moves forward.

August 10, 2019 03:52 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Four touches in preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell rushed twice for 14 yards while catching a pair of passes for an additional 21 yards in the Bears' 23-13 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Although he saw some offseason work as a wide receiver, Mizzell was used as a running back in the first preseason game. He's trying to stick with the team as the No. 4 running back, and his best chance of doing so is his continued involvement on special teams. In his current situation, he's not a recommended fantasy option.

May 22, 2019 04:20 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Moving to receiver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell has switched from running back to receiver during the Bears' offseason program, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

Mizzell saw most of his playing time on special teams in 2018, which included a role on kickoff returns. It's not clear if his position change is due to a lack of perceived upside at running back or if coach Matt Nagy just wants to give Mizzell a more realistic chance of making the roster at a less crowded position. In any case, Mizzell's hopes of cracking the roster will continue to hinge on his performance on the Bears' special-teams units.

January 1, 2019 03:36 AM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Zero touches in Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell didn't see work in the Bears' Week 17 victory, and he ended the season with nine carries for 16 yards while adding eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Mizzell saw his most work of 2018 when Chase Daniel stepped in for an injured Mitchell Trubisky for two weeks, but otherwise, Mizzell was Chicago's clear third-string running back. He'll be going into the last year of his contract in 2019 and will likely continue to work behind Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen in the Bears' backfield.

December 11, 2018 06:56 AM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Sees limited work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell had one carry for one yard in Chicago's 15-6 victory over the Rams on Sunday.

After seeing increased work in the two games that Chase Daniel was at quarterback, Mizzell went back to seeing exactly one carry and zero targets, which has been the amount of work he's logged in each of the four games he's played with Mitch Trubisky under center. It'll be tough to expect significant production from Mizzell during the fantasy playoffs.

December 3, 2018 10:56 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Increased role in Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell rushed three times for seven yards while adding a pair of receptions for an additional 16 yards in Chicago's overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Mizzell functioned as the clear No. 3 in Chicago's backfield, and his five touches represented a season high. Although he's not getting enough work to be a consistent fantasy option, he'd likely be thrust into a prominent role should Jordan Howard or Tarik Cohen suffer an injury.

November 23, 2018 11:52 AM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Scores first NFL touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown while adding seven yards on his lone rushing attempt in the Bears' victory over the Lions.

Mizzell scored his touchdown when he drew single coverage and easily got open behind his defender for an 11-yard score. In his four games since being signed from the practice squad, he's touched the football six times, and he seems to have emerged as Chicago's No. 3 running back. However, he won't likely see enough usage to become a fantasy factor unless the Bears suffer an injury at running back.

November 3, 2018 06:08 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Rejoins Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell signed a contract with the Bears on Saturday.

Mizzell was with the Bears for three games as a rookie last season and has been on the team's practice squad since getting waived at roster cutdowns in September. The 25-year-old should serve a special teams role with the rest of the Bears' running back group currently in good health.

September 3, 2018 08:16 PM
Taquan Mizzell: Waived by Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell was waived by the Bears on Saturday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

Mizzell appeared in three games with the Bears as a rookie in 2017, but he'll be a member of Chicago's practice squad to begin the 2018 regular season.

August 12, 2018 12:12 AM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Finds end zone
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell rushed 12 times for 27 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 30-27 loss to the Bengals.

With Chicago resting its top three running backs, Mizzell drew the start but failed to reach 2.5 yards per carry. Despite the unimpressive performance, he appears to be a lock to stick with the team as its fourth running back, meaning significant fantasy value is unlikely unless the team suffers injuries at the position.

August 4, 2018 07:08 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Rushes for 15 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell had five carries for 15 yards in Thursday's loss to the Ravens.

In a game that the Bears started their backups, Mizzell came into the contest after Bennie Cunningham served as the starter. Based on his usage, it seems clear that he'll be fourth on the team's depth chart at running back, and although he'll have a chance to make the 53-man roster, he may need an injury at the position to have any type of significant role in the offense. The second-year running back had a similar role last year when he was on the active roster for four games, though he didn't see a single snap.

January 5, 2018 08:08 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: Spends 2017 season on sidelines
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell was on the active roster for four games in 2017, but he didn't see a single snap.

Mizzell slotted as the fourth-string running back and the Bears stayed relatively healthy at the position all season, so he was never pressed into action. He's signed for two more seasons, but with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen serving as the top options in the backfield, he'll likely need an injury in order to see significant playing time. Should he find his way into the mix next in 2018, his best chance for fantasy production would likely be through the air, as he averaged 63 receptions over his last two collegiate campaigns.

September 10, 2017 12:00 PM
Bears' Taquan Mizzell: In street clothes for opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell (coach's decision) is inactive for the Bears' Week 1 matchup Sunday with the Falcons, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Mizzell's inactive status confirms that he's fourth in the pecking order at running back, with all of Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Benny Cunningham ahead of him on the depth chart. It will probably take an injury for Mizzell to be active at any point this season, and multiple injuries in order for him to log meaningful snaps on offense.

August 18, 2017 11:32 AM
Ravens' Taquan Mizzell: Gets 12 total touches Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mizzell had 10 carries for 38 yards along with a pair of receptions totaling 24 yards in Thursday's win over the Dolphins.

16 of Mizzell's 38 yards came on one run, meaning that his other nine carries only went for a total of 22 yards. Still, the fact that Mizzell got double digit carries for a second consecutive week shows that the Ravens are intent on seeing what they have in the rookie out of Virginia. Mizzell also showed his ability as a pass catcher by nabbing both of his targets for 24 yards. Pass catching was Mizzell's calling card at UVA, where he caught 127 passes over his final two seasons. Mizzell remains a long shot to make the final roster, but he's making a better case than the likes of Lorenzo Taliaferro through two preseason games.

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