In our Matt LaFleur breakdown, we raved about Taywan Taylor’s limitless ceiling in the new OC’s screen-heavy, vertical-based attack. This was fully on display in a 4-catch, 95 yard, 2 TD monster against the Bucs. As a rookie, Taylor’s mammoth upside rotted in a “Exotic Smashmouth”-plagued rookie year. Following massive “Usage” and “Coaching Scheme” upgrades, Taylor comes with far more fantasy upside in his sophomore campaign.
Back in our early-June Coaching Carousel, The Wolf was already sniffing out Taylor’s massive upside. He wrote Taylor “was extremely explosive in college, with a game very similar to Robert Woods who thrived with LaFleur last season. Taylor has stuttering quicks and is dangerous on the short routes out of the slot, yet can plant-and-go vertically as well. LaFleur will undoubtedly capitalize on this versatility, as Taylor thrived on bubble screens, jet sweeps, and designed short YAC plays — all staples in this creative attack. Even if he’s currently going undrafted, Taylor should absolutely be on your radar.”
Taylor’s prime fit and dangerous screen ability were glaringly evident on his 47-yard catch and run score. The Titans’ uber-talented and athletic line got out front in a hurry, and Taylor read his blocks to perfection. He knifed through the congestion before busting into the open-field where no one will catch him and his blazing speed.
On his final drive of the night, Taylor logged 16 and 29 yard receptions, before capping his night off with a 3-yard slant score. Largely undrafted entering Saturday’s contest, Taylor will unfortunately now be a far more popular “Penny Stock,” but for good reason. He’s an explosive “Individual Talent” who’ll be utilized far more often and properly in LaFleur’s creative, aggressive scheme. Expect a handful of week-winning swings, with season-changing upside if he can carve out a meaningful weekly target share.