NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have traded wide receiver Taywan Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a 2020 7th round draft pick, per the team.
Selected 72nd overall in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Taylor never lives up to his draft position or potential in Nashville. Struggles with drops and the ability to learn the Titans’ playbook through two different coaching staffs hindered the Western Kentucky product. Taylor’s skill set was unique on the Titans’s roster; no other offensive player has been able to consistently create separation the way that he did.
But, through two NFL seasons and a rocky preseason in Year 3, GM Jon Robinson elected to move on.
“I mean, he keeps competing and keeps showing up,” coach Mike Vrabel said of Taylor following Preseason Game 3. “I think we all just need to be a little more consistent and that goes for me and Tay (Taywan Taylor) and I would say everybody on the team or on the coaching staff. It’s just finding more ways to be consistent.”
Taylor was unable to find that aforementioned consistency which led to his original team shopping him for what value could be found for him as an asset. The team opted to go with career transient Khalif Raymond to fill out their receiver depth. The position group enters 2019 with more talent and higher expectations than any other season in quarterback Marcus Mariota’s career.
Two touchdowns in two seasons could not be tolerated from a player with Taylor’s ability, regardless of who is throwing you the ball. With Mariota in a contract year and facing career uncertainty, the Titans felt Raymond, not Taylor, gave them the best chance to improve this year’s roster on offense and on special teams.
Taywan Taylor was drafted in hopes of jump-starting the Titans’ passing attack but ultimately proved inadequate. And now his (Nashville) watch has ended.
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