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Malik Taylor Defies Odds to Join Packers’ 2020 Receiving Corps

Just like our boy Allen Lazard, Malik Taylor has found his way onto the roster despite low expectations from observers. However, unlike Lazard who was initially on the practice squad early in the season, Taylor will be on board for Game 1 against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

While not quite the size of Lazard(who is 6’5″ and 227lbs), Taylor is larger than most at 6’1″ and 216lbs. Coach Matt LaFleur seems to like his receivers to be tall and somewhat built. This is probably what kept Maquez Valdes-Scantling(6’4″) on the team another season, although in my opinion, he has yet to impress very much.

Taylor joins 4 other WRs on the initial roster including #17 Davante Adams, #13 Allen Lazard, #83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and #19 Equanimeous St. Brown. Receivers Malik Turner(not to be confused with Malik Taylor), Darrius Shepherd, Reggie Begelton, and Jake Kumerow were among others to not make the 2020 roster after playing last year. Also helping Taylor’s odds was that off-season free agent acquisition WR Deven Funchess opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 — an option afforded to players that was the product of negotiations with the player’s union earlier this year.

He comes from the Ferris State. Taylor missed his senior year due to injury.

Taylor spoke with the media prior to the announcement that he made the cut:

WR Malik Taylor

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Malik Taylor (86) is shown Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, during the team’s first practice at training camp in Green Bay, Wis.

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Jason Parker

Was on the Allen Lazard hype-train before all the cool kids were doing it

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  1. wut September 6, 2020

    South Florida is not D2…

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    1. Jason Parker September 6, 2020

      My mistake, it’s fixed. Should be Ferris State

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      1. Ferris September 6, 2020

        That’s my school!

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  2. Ferris September 6, 2020

    Meanwhile, supreme talent Jordan Love…who “fell” to them in the first round, is 3rd string behind some guy nobody outside WI could name for a Porsche 911.
    Nice pick Gute…what a waste. We thought you traded up to pick Patrick Queen. You’ll look more stupid after this season.

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  3. PF4L September 6, 2020

    I have read that Love hasn’t been very good in camp. I’m not going to bash him or Gute over that. The NFL is quite a leap from Utah State. As much as i despise some of Gutes moves and his strategy of picking the future over now, i’m not going to rail on the kid. He has a special opportunity, whether or not he can seize that opportunity, is up to him. I wish Jordan Love no ill will.
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    As far as Gute goes concerning his moves and strategies…..time will make that final judgement, he bought himself some time. If he succeeds he will be lauded, if he fails, he will be exposed. Whatever happens……. it won’t be the fault of Jordan Love.

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    1. Ferris September 9, 2020

      Here is a list of 5 highly drafted QBs that were exposed as not very good players as soon as they arrived in the NFL. In camp/preseason they were bad and in games they were worse. Without even going down the Ryan Leaf road.
      1. Tim Couch
      2. Cade McNown
      3. Heath Shuler
      4. Akili Smith
      5. Jamarcus Russell

      Now here is the list that improved with time.

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      1. Cheese September 9, 2020

        I remember when there was talk about Brian Brohm overtaking Rodgers in 2008. Oh what could have been…

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        1. PF4L September 11, 2020

          That was a strange pick wasn’t it?
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          To spend a 2nd rounder for a back up QB. Makes me question what the confidence level with Rodgers between Ted, Gute, and Elliot.
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          https://youtu.be/he0BIKmoq0s

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