Found February 23, 2013 on
Tight end Ryan Taylor has played almost exclusively on special teams
The Packers’ roster is filled with stars, but there are just as many little-known backups whose dreams are a lot bigger than their current roles. I’ll be focusing on those players in this new weekly feature.
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 Andrew Quarless didn’t play a down and neither Tom Crabtree nor D.J. Williams distinguished themselves.
What can we expect in 2013? If Jermichael Finley stays and Quarless is healthy, Taylor will have his work cut out just trying to make the final 53. Crabtree and Williams are still around (I think Taylor is a better player than both, but the people that matter don’t seem to agree), and Thompson will probably bolster the position in the draft. What will keep Taylor in the mix is his outstanding work on special teams.
“The thought definitely crossed my mind (of not getting draft). I was out playing golf with my dad and about seven of my friends and as I watched the draft go by, it definitely started crossing my mind and I can’t tell you how excited I am just to get the opportunity to play on a team like the Green Bay Packers. That’s one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had.” [Green Bay Press-Gazette]
BEST OF MAXIM
Free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty has already visited with the Chiefs and Titans. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports, Canty is set to visit the Packers and Jaguars after the NFL Scouting Combine. It’s not a surprise that Canty is drawing so much attention. He was a difference maker for the Giants and still has plenty of football left in him. Canty will have...
According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is looking to make $14 million per season.
I can’t imagine any team giving Jennings that kind of money. He’s simply not worth it. He’s been injured too much over the past couple of seasons and he’s benefited from a great system in Green Bay.
I could see a team overpaying and giving...
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Green Bay Packers are still thinking about placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Interesting to hear the #Packers are still considering franchising Greg Jennings. Thought that ship had sailed. Apparently not.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 24, 2013
I’m not sure why the Packers would tag Jennings when...
INDIANAPOLIS Ted Thompson is understandably cautious about revealing any of the inner workings of the Green Bay Packers' front office. The quiet, unassuming 60-year-old general manager has always operated this way.
It's not that Thompson is unwilling to answer certain questions or discuss broad topics, but if the subject at hand would potentially turn what he deems confidential...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Training camp is still five months away, but even that length of time likely won't be enough for Green Bay Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy.
Worthy, who tore his ACL in the final game of the regular season, underwent knee surgery in mid-January and has a long road to recovery.
"I think training camp is definitely going to be a stretch, just because of...
Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee writes that it’s “almost impossible” to imagine the Packers releasing TE Jermichael Finley after listening to head coach Mike McCarthy at yesterday’s Combine presser.
“I thought Jermichael had probably the tale of two seasons,” McCarthy said, echoing his comments from immediately after the season ended. “I thought in...
Tom Pelissero of ESPN “heard” that Packers impending free agent WR Greg Jennings could be seeking a contract that would pay him as much as $14 million per year.
Lot of opinions here about what top receiver UFAs may command. Heard Greg Jennings wants $14M/year. Tough to see that happening.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 22, 2013
While Jennings, 29, has been a great...
Veteran James Jones led all wide receivers in touchdown catches last season
During a Tuesday morning appearance on the NFL Network’s NFL AM, James Jones said he was prepared to take on the role as Green Bay’s No. 1 wide receiver. ”I’m ready,” opined the six-year vet from San Jose State. “I work very hard every year. I’m ready to take in that role if we don’t get...
Today is the 29th day of FOX Sports Wisconsin Packers writer Paul Imig's offseason evaluations of every player on Green Bay's roster. Click here for all of Paul's previous evaluations and come back every day through mid-March for Paul's in-depth film and statistical analysis. Coming up soon:
Tuesday, Feb. 26:LB Clay Matthews
Wednesday, Feb. 27:S Jerron McMillian...
Today is the 27th day of FOX Sports Wisconsin Packers writer Paul Imig's offseason evaluations of every player on Green Bay's roster.Click here for all of Paul's previous evaluationsand come back every day through mid-March for Paul's in-depth film and statistical analysis. Coming up soon:
Today:G T.J. Lang
Sunday, Feb. 24:LB Jamari Lattimore
Monday, Feb. 25:LB Terrell...