It’s just the way things go in the NFL. Players come. Players go. That won’t change for as long as the game is played. That’s why you cheer harder for the names on the front of the jerseys than the names on the back, but when someone who used to rock the team colors trades the familiar jersey for that of a rival, antennas can tune to the frequency. That’s what Tennessee Titans fans are dealing with on May 20th.
Former Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor just got scooped up by the Houston Texans according to Aaron Wilson who quotes “a league source not authorized to speak publicly”.
Taylor spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. That didn’t go quite as he would have liked (six in-game appearances over two seasons with no catches), but we all know the young man has talent.
Okay Tennessee Titans fans, let’s talk about some numbers.
In 31 games with the Titans (that includes two playoff games and nine starts), Taywan Taylor hauled in 86 passes for 706 receiving yards and two trips to paydirt. He won’t shift the balance of power in the AFC South by any means. He may not even make the team, but he gives a Texans squad additional firepower if they’re interested in giving him a spot on the 53-man roster. That’s something that they desperately needed.
He also gives a Titans team, one that struggled to cover everybody in 2020, something to think about. Again, this isn’t an earth-shattering development, but knowing that the Titans get two games on their schedule versus the Houston Texans, as they do every year, any move by a rival that could make them better is definitely one that’s worth a discussion, even if it’s a very brief discussion.
Again, Taylor still has to make the team though. As mentioned, the Browns certainly didn’t get much out of him.
Taywan Taylor played his college ball at Western Kentucky. In 50 games at the collegiate level, which is an accomplishment in and of itself these days, he racked up 253 receptions for 4,234 yards and 41 trips to the end zone. He gets another opportunity in the NFL, his third. We’ll have to wait and see how things turn out.