Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 59%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 5.1%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.9
Durability: question mark 5

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Tyrod Taylor Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Taylor opened last season as the Chargers’ starter. He threw for 208 scoreless yards and ran for 7 more in a 16-13 Week 1 win over the Bengals.
  • Just prior to kickoff of Week 2, the Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while giving a pain-killing injection. QB Justin Herbert played well in relief and kept the starting job the rest of the season.
  • Taylor’s last and only extensive NFL action came with the Bills from 2015-2017. He averaged 2,952 yards and 17 TDs passing and 525 yards and 4.7 TDs rushing per season. Taylor finished 17th, 15th and 19th among QBs in fantasy points those years.
  • He turns 32 in August.
  • The Texans signed Taylor to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract in free agency.
  • Houston also spent a 3rd-round pick on QB Davis Mills.
  • QB Deshaun Watson’s future with the team is on shaky ground. He requested a trade in January and is likely looking at a suspension after 22 sexual assault claims were filed against him in March.
  • Taylor and Mills will battle for the starting job if Watson isn’t available.
  • Whoever is under center will be working with a shaky pass-catching corps after the Texans lost WR Will Fuller in free agency. Houston’s top 5 WRs figure to be Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Nico Collins, Keke Coutee and Chris Conley. Jordan Akins looks like the top TE.
  • The Texans hired David Culley as their new HC this offseason. Culley retained OC Tim Kelly, though, so the offensive scheme shouldn’t change much.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Taylor’s experience probably makes him the favorite to be Houston’s Week 1 starter over rookie Davis Mills if Deshaun Watson isn’t available. Taylor can provide some fantasy value with his legs, but he’d still be an unexciting option pilioting what figures to be a bad Texans offense. And the team will likely want to get a look at Mills at some point.

Taylor is only worth a look near the end of 2-Q…

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Tyrod Taylor Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 18, 2020 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Taylor managed to suit up as Los Angeles' No. 2 quarterback Week 11 despite his lingering ribs injury
Sep 20, 2020 NFL Chest Lung Puncture Taylor suffered a punctured lung after pregame warmups in the Chargers' Week 2 contest against the Chiefs. He was sidelined for 6 games
Sep 20, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Taylor cleared the protocol in time for Week 4 but was held out because of a minor back injury.
Aug 23, 2018 NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Taylor dislocated his left pinkie in Cleveland's 3rd exhibition but returned to the game.
Jan 7, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Taylor was injured near the end of Buffalo's Wild Card loss to Jacksonville.
Dec 3, 2017 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Taylor missed 1 game with a bruised patellar tendon in his left knee.
Aug 26, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Taylor was concussed in Week 3 of the preseason. He received medical clearance the Tuesday before Week 1.
Nov 27, 2016 NFL Inguinal Groin Tear Grade 3 Taylor played through the injury before undergoing surgery in January of 2017.
Oct 11, 2015 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Taylor sprained his MCL against the Titans and missed 2 games.