Ryan Taylor (American football)

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Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor Rookie year Packers.jpg
No. 87     Cleveland Browns
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-16) November 16, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: Winston-Salem (NC) Mt. Tabor
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 218
Debuted in 2011 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 8
Receiving Yards 45
Receiving Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Ryan Lawrence Taylor[1] (born November 16, 1987) is an American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Packers out of the University of North Carolina in the seventh round (218th pick overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft.[2]

Early years[edit]

Taylor attended Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and played on all sides of the ball.[3] During his time on the team, he was a two time all-conference selection and went 12-2 in his sophomore season, making it into the state championship.[3] As a senior, Taylor broke the single season records with 64 receptions that went for 1,180 yards and had 13 touchdowns. On top of that, he rushed the ball 13 times for 85 yards and an additional three scores.[3] On special teams, he returned nine kicks and 16 punts for 177 and 116 yards respectively. Coming out of high school, Taylor received scholarship offers for lacrosse at the University of Virginia, but turned them down to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Rivals.com ranked him as the 47th best tight end in the country and he was considered the 21st best player in the state of North Carolina; he was also a member of the state's Shrine Team.[3]

College[edit]

Taylor played four seasons at North Carolina and departed as a redshirt senior. His role for the Tar Heels was limited to special teams during his first year. He was one of four true freshman to see playing time. Playing special teams he had four tackles, two solo stops and two assists.[1][3] He again continued to play primarily on special teams during his sophomore season. He had five tackles, and in a game against James Madison University recovered a blocked punt.[3] Taylor began to have a bigger role in his junior season, and was named as a special teams captain.[3] He played in all thirteen games and had 19 tackles, the majority of which were on special teams, but the others as a backup linebacker. During a game against NC State, he played on all three sides of the ball as a Tight End, Linebacker, and on special teams.[1] In 2009, he was redshirted after injuring his knee in camp.[3] In his final year with the Tar heels, he again played on all the sides of the ball and was the special teams captain for the second time in his career.[1] After the loss of starting tight end Zack Pianalto, he took over as the starter and went on to break the school record for receptions as a tight end with 36, two of those for touchdowns.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Taylor practicing for the Packers

Taylor was considered to be a possible H-back candidate in the National Football League.[4] Scouts stated that he had "solid hands" and "snatches low and high throws with equal aplomb".[4] They also stated that he was quick on his routes and could separate linebackers from the inside or outside.[4] For his negatives they stated that he only had "average" size for his position and did not possess the strength to be an inside linebacker.[4] They also stated that he could not separate with the speed of NFL linebackers.[4] Taylor was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round (218th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

On December 14, 2011, Taylor caught his first reception and touchdown as a professional, against the Oakland Raiders. The catch was a four yard completion from Aaron Rodgers.[5]

On November 9, 2012, Taylor was fined $21,000 for an illegal blindside block against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9. This fine was subsequently dropped to $15,000.[6]

On October 6, 2014, the Packers released Taylor and signed wide receiver Kevin Dorsey to the active roster.[7]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Taylor was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens on October 7, 2014.[8] He was inactive for weeks 6 and 7 and did not play in any games during his tenure with the Ravens.[9] On October 25, 2014, the Ravens cut Taylor to make room for the re-signing of tight end Phillip Supernaw from the practice squad to their 53-man roster.[10]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

The Cleveland Browns were awarded Taylor off waivers on October 27, 2014 from the Ravens.[11]

Career Stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Receiving Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2011 GB 15 1 1 4 4.0 4 1 1 0 0
2012 GB 16 1 1 11 11.0 11 0 1 0 0
2013 GB 14 6 9 30 5.0 8 0 2 1 0
Total Total 45 8 11 45 5.6 11 1 4 1 0

[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Green Bay Packers: Ryan Taylor". Packers.com. 
  2. ^ "Green Bay Packers Draft North Carolina TE Ryan Taylor, Arizona State DT Lawrence Guy in 7th Round". Green Bay Press-Gazette. April 30, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Player Bio:Ryan Taylor". Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ryan Taylor, North Carolina". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sunday, December 14". USA Today. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fines roundup: Michael Vick of Eagles docked for low block". National Football League. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  7. ^ Packers sign WR Kevin Dorsey to active roster, release TE Ryan Taylor www.Packers.com, Retrieved October 6, 2014
  8. ^ Wilson, Aaron. "Ravens awarded tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from Packers, cut Phillip Supernaw". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Ryan Taylor Game Logs www.nfl.com, Retrieved, October 27, 2014
  10. ^ cut Ryan Taylor, promote Phillip Supernaw to active roster www.baltimoresun.com, Retrieved, October 27, 2014
  11. ^ Browns awarded tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from Ravenswww.baltimoresun.com, Retrieved, October 27, 2014
  12. ^ "Ryan Taylor Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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