Taywan Taylor

Two areas of concern for Titans GM Jon Robinson heading in the offseason this year was the wide receiver position and the secondary.

Both were immediately addressed in free agency and the draft. From the three year deal with CB Logan Ryan, to both 1st round picks, WR Corey Davis and CB Adoree Jackson, Robinson made it a point to focus on team needs. But the guy who has impressed me the most this training camp is 3rd round pick Taywan Taylor out of Western Kentucky.

Even with a crowded wide receiver room now, I believe Taylor can be everything Kendall Wright wasn’t for this Titans team.

About the only similarity between the two are that they rock the #13 on the back of their jersey. Wright, who’s now in Chicago, seemed disgruntled with the Titans’ coaching staff last season and struggled with the injury bug to start the year. Taylor has entered his rookie season with the “all in” mentality. You constantly see him make plays with the first, second and third team offense, and he makes it a point to finish every play in practice. Exactly what Robinson wants.

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“It’s definitely preparing me with all of the different teams I’m playing with,” Taylor said. “Like I told coach, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help this team.”

The WKU product is no stranger to lining up all over the field. At Western, Taylor had back to back seasons with 80 or more catches and 1,400+ yards. After the Titans’ scrimmage at Nissan Stadium Saturday night, he credited his former Hilltopper head coach, Jeff Brohm, who is now in his first season at Purdue, as to how he learned how to lineup at multiple spots on the field.

“It’s helped me a lot. I feel like coach Brohm did a great job of utilizing me at different positions,” Taylor said. “Coach Mularkey and Coach Robiskie took notice of that. I want to keep learning so I can go out there and execute my assignment when it’s called.”

One reason I’ve taken notice to Taylor is what he’s been able to accomplish on the field. He can run every route and has the speed this wide receiver corps has been looking for over the last several years.

As you can see, Marcus Mariota throws a strike but the blow by speed, on top of the over the shoulder catching ability, really separates him from other guys on the roster.

Now, how will these practice reps translate to live action? That’s the million dollar question.

It’s all about opportunity, and Taylor has reeped the benefits of some injuries early in camp. Who knows how many reps or what team he would be running with if Corey Davis or Tajae Sharpe hadn’t be sidelined. Both will return to action sooner rather than later, but in the mean time, Taylor is racking up reps with Mariota and building stock with this coaching staff.

I expect Taylor to have a really good preseason and turn some heads with the numbers he’ll be able to put up in the four exhibition games.

While the star of the show is patiently waiting, Taylor will continue on with his ‘team first’ mentality and catch as many balls that are thrown to him.

Patiently Waiting…

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