Has the transition from OLB to DE caused him to be sink in the depth cart? He received a lot of talk from the coaches in the spring about his pass rush ability. Since he moved back to DE there has been no word on him. Will he be considered a pass rushing specialists on 3rd and long since he is more of a prototypical 4-3 DE?
He is behind Agim, Watts, and it appears Jonathan Marshall at one defensive end.
I still think he has the potential to be a great one.
Important to note that he still has 3 years to play 3.
Michael Taylor is one of the most talented of the defensive line prospects as far as raw speed. He’s looked good in one-on-one stuff, but still is learning technique. He’ll be a factor at some point. A lot of time was wasted with him at standup outside linebacker in the spring. He’s back at D-end, a more natural spot. But he’s behind as far as knowledge of the position.
So you play him long yardage passing downs and turn him loose on the QB until he learns the entire defense.
He didn’t enjoy playing OLB in the spring and was happy when they moved him to DE, but he’s behind. It’ll be interesting to see what happens, because most of the guys he’s behind are around his age and have been at the position longer.
This happens every year. They always pump a kid up in the spring and then the player completely disappears in the fall.
To be honest, they pumped him up BEFORE spring and he disappeared early in spring. We reported that. It was widely written about that he had struggled at outside linebacker and was moving to end. Did you miss that?
Show me a sports program that doesn’t pump up players?