Tight end Ryan Taylor has played almost exclusively on special teams
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How did he get to Green Bay? Ryan Taylor was picked by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. His selection was a bit of a surprise considering that he played linebacker for his first three years at North Carolina. A productive senior season at tight end (36 receptions and 2 TDs) and a surprisingly good 40 time (4.65) obviously caught the attention of general manager Ted Thompson and his scouts.
What has he done in Green Bay? Taylor showed enough in his first training camp with the Packers to earn praise from Aaron Rodgers, but his work at tight end hasn’t been as appreciated by the coaches. He received 30 snaps on offense in 2011 and that number only increased to 138 last season – even though ...