Tennessee Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor had a rough night against the Philadelphia Eagles in week one of preseason action.
Taylor dropped a deep pass from Ryan Tannehill that would’ve resulted in a touchdown.
Taywan Taylor can’t help himself.
– Drops 3rd down pass
– Catches 3rd down conversion
– Drops TD
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) August 9, 2019
After the Titans’ 27-10 win, Taylor told reporters that he knows he has to make that catch.
Taywan Taylor on his deep-ball drop: “That’s the one I should have had… I think I was waiting on it. I’ve got to go attack it. I’ve got to attack that, plain and simple.” pic.twitter.com/BCbann3p2y
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) August 9, 2019
Tannehill, to his credit, took the blame for the dropped pass (which was slightly under thrown).
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 9, 2019
Regardless of who’s to blame, that’s a drop that can’t happen during the regular season. And Taylor knows it.
On Sunday, the third year wide receiver rebounded quite well at practice, hauling in a 40 yard touchdown pass from Tannehill.
Ryan Tannehill hit Taywan Taylor for a 40-yd TD. Taylor ran away from Kenneth Durden on a post route and easily hauled it in. #Titans
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) August 11, 2019
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel noticed Taylor’s sense of urgency after the Eagles game and complimented the former third round pick on Sunday.
Taywan Taylor has shown a sense of urgency & focus the last two days after his outing vs the Eagles pic.twitter.com/oeKFKxmTso
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) August 11, 2019
There were a lot of folks on social media calling for Taylor to be cut after his multiple drops against the Eagles.
I think that’s a bit of an overreaction for a player with his kind of raw talent.
Does Taylor need to take the next step?
Should he be nervous about his roster spot?
While I don’t think he’s in danger of being cut anytime soon, this is the NFL — someone is always gunning for your spot.
Taylor gets it. And he’s putting in the work to get better. In fact, he stayed late at practice on Sunday to get in some extra work.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 11, 2019
I don’t know what the future holds for Taylor. I don’t know if it’ll ever fully “click” for him.
But I think it’s clear that he’s doing everything he can to get better. Maybe the extra work will pay off. If it does, then the Titans will have a hell of an offensive weapon, because the raw talent is there for him to be a stud wide receiver.
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