A day after reaching the NFL’s first 85-player limit, the Green Bay Packers made another cut on Wednesday. Heading out is wide receiver Malik Taylor, who has been a loyal member of the Packers’ special teams for the past two seasons. According to ESPN’s Rob DemovskyTaylor is being released with an injury designation due to a shoulder injury that has seen him in and out of training in recent weeks.
After dropping out of Ferris State University in 2019, Taylor briefly signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but landed right before training camp with the Packers. He spent his rookie season in the Packers’ exhibition squad, but then made the active roster in 2020, playing 15 regular-season games, starting one and appearing in both postseason games. Taylor made the roster again in 2021, seeing action in 10 of the Packers’ 17 games, but was inactive for the final four games, including Green Bay’s loss to the playoffs.
In his NFL career, Taylor has racked up seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown, with that score against the Houston Texans in 2020. His most consistent playing time on offense came from weeks four through nine of that season, when he came full circle. for injured recipients Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. Outside of that stretch, however, he only played more than ten offensive snaps twice, in week two of 2020 and week one of 2021 when the Packers brought in their backups in a slam-dunk loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Taylor was even passed over by Juwann Winfree, when the Packers missed Adams, Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling against the Arizona Cardinals in 2021. Instead, Taylor’s contributions have come almost exclusively from special teams, where he has played in more than 300 regular season shots in The past two years. He has served as a part-time kickoff returnee, but was most prominent on kick and point reporting teams as a shooter.
This is the first part of the Packers’ wide receiver group during training camp. The team looks likely to retain seven wideouts for the 2022 season, with Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs seemingly guaranteed spots. Fighting for a few positions behind that group of five are Winfree, seventh round draft pick Samori Toure, and undrafted rookies Danny Davis and Ishmael Hyman. However, Davis was apparently injured in Tuesday’s practice, which could affect his standings for the final two games of the preseason.
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