Former Hilltopper WR Taywan Taylor expecting big things in 2nd season with Titans
Taywan Taylor is one of the best wide receivers to ever don a Hilltopper football uniform. After being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2017, Taylor struggled in his first season in the NFL. Now in year two, things are looking like they’re about to change for the former Top.
His Twitter handle is @SilentGrind2. And in year two, Taywan Taylor has been doing just that – silently grinding in his second season with the Tennessee Titans and showing his coaches just what he’s capable of during the preseason.
Taylor’s been listed as the number one receiver on the depth chart so far in camp, and he showed why again he against the Buccaneers in game two of the preseason, racking up 95 yards on four catches, and finding the end zone twice for two touchdowns.
"I wanna be the guy every night because that’s what coach demands of me," Taylor said. "He demands the best out of all of us. I expect myself to come out and try and do that night in, night out. Make sure I’m available for my team and put us in the best position to be successful."
Titans starting quarterback Marcus Mariota has also taken notice of the improvement in Taylor’s game.
"He flashes his athletic ability all the time," said Mariota. "To see it coming out consistently is awesome."
During his rookie season, Taylor struggled to find his niche on this Titans team, only catching 16 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown. But with a new offensive coordinator and growing confidence in what he can bring to this team, it looks like Taylor is poised for a breakout second season in Nashville.
"We have to be able to find ways to get him the football and help us use his speed and continue to build his relationship with our quarterbacks," said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel.
"Definitely have confidence in myself because you can’t play this game without confidence," Taylor added. "Like I said, I just try to do a good job of being locked in and taking advantage of my opportunities. That’s what coach preaches. You only get so many. You never know when they come, so you gotta always be ready."
Season number two for Taylor and the Titans begins on Sept. 9 when they’ll face the Miami Dolphins to kick off their 2018-2019 season.