Rookie wide receiver Taywan Taylor might not have had as much fanfare as Corey Davis when he was drafted, but the hype train seemed to get going through training camp. If you watched every snap of the Titans’ preseason, you would have thought Taylor would have been a critical part of this offense. They threw him into the fire, lining him up in creative ways to get him the ball.
I thought he would be an instant x-factor in this offense, but so far that hasn’t been the case. I’m struggling to figure out why though.
Taylor played over half of the snaps last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but didn’t make an impact.
He didn’t record a catch and registered just one single rushing attempt for five yards. Part of that is playing with Matt Cassel, who has handcuffed the offense — but still. There’s no reason not to get him involved. As we saw in the preseason, you don’t have to throw him the ball to get him going.
Taylor lined up at running back, fullback and receiver during the preseason. He got rushing attempts and quick passes that simply allowed him to get a chance to make a play in space. Why aren’t we seeing that now?
Especially with Matt Cassel under center, everyone knows what it coming. You’re going to get a big dose of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Why not get creative and use Taywan as a change of pace?
Throw him a bubble screen, give him a pitch, hand him the ball — just give him a chance and try something different. We’ve seen what he can do, it’s just frustrating to see him go underused.
I understand Terry Robiskie’s hands are tied with Cassel under center, but the lack of Taywan on Sunday was one gripe I had with his play-calling. With Murray and Henry lacking some explosiveness, Taylor just seems like a guy that could give you a spark.
Hopefully that changes going forward.