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Brandon Taylor | Defensive Back | #28

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
College: LSU
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (73) / SD
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Chargers waived S Brandon Taylor.
The 73rd pick in the 2012 draft, Taylor tore his right ACL in December 2012. He was activated from PUP last August, but was a "healthy" scratch for all 18 Chargers games, including playoffs. Beat writers noticed diminished explosion at OTAs. Likely damaged goods, we wouldn't expect Taylor to earn a look on waivers, but his draft pedigree could net him a minimum deal before camp. Thu, Jun 19, 2014 02:13:00 PM

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Chargers S Brandon Taylor will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery after the season.

Taylor tore his right ACL last December. He was activated from the PUP list in August but hasn't played a snap all season. The No. 73 overall pick in the 2012 draft has appeared in just four career games. Taylor suffered a setback with the knee during the preseason and admits he still isn't 100 percent.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Chargers activated SS Brandon Taylor from the active/PUP list.

The Chargers' 2012 third-round pick, Taylor tore his ACL last December. He can now begin pushing Marcus Gilchrist to start at strong safety. In all likelihood, Gilchrist will take the job and Taylor will play on special teams.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 06:18:00 PM

Chargers placed SS Brandon Taylor (ACL surgery) on active/PUP.

Taylor tore the ACL in December and had the knee reconstructed in January. His return timetable is unknown. Marcus Gilchrist will open Chargers camp as the starting strong safety. Taylor was a 2012 third-round pick out of LSU.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Chargers SS Brandon Taylor (ACL surgery) has been sprinting at minicamp.

Taylor is about six months removed from his knee reconstruction. Last year's third-round pick, Taylor hasn't been taking part in team drills but hopes to at some point during training camp. He's in the mix to start next to Eric Weddle.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 06:01:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego acknowledges second-year SS Brandon Taylor's (ACL surgery) status for training camp is "in question."

Taylor didn't have his knee reconstructed until January, giving him just seven months to rehab and recover before camp. The Chargers are auditioning former slot CB Marcus Gilchrist at strong safety in the meantime. Eric Weddle remains locked in at free safety, but the other position is wide open to competition.
Sun, May 5, 2013 12:17:00 PM

Chargers SS Brandon Taylor (ACL surgery) visited Dr. James Andrews this week and was deemed "ahead of schedule" in his rehab.

Taylor tore his ACL in December and had surgery in January. He's "tentatively" expected to be ready for Week 1, although Taylor's training camp status is unknown. The Chargers can't count on Taylor to open the year as a starter.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 11:08:00 PM

The Chargers "hope" Brandon Taylor will be the team's starting strong safety for 2013 following Friday's release of Atari Bigby.

It's optimistic. Taylor was the No. 73 pick in last year's draft, but he played in just four games as a rookie before tearing his ACL in late December. He spent most of his time as an in-the-box safety at LSU. Taylor is questionable for training camp due to his knee, and it could cost him a shot at winning the job.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 03:40:00 PM

Chargers rookie S Brandon Taylor will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL on Thursday.

Taylor made his first career start in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Jets and promptly blew out the knee ligament. A third-round pick out of LSU, Taylor should remain a part of the Chargers' 2013 plans as a special teamer and potential third safety. His status for training camp next summer will be in doubt, though.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 05:22:00 PM

Chargers rookie SS Brandon Taylor is expected to start Sunday's game against the Jets.

The Chargers are going to use the final two games as an evaluation for Taylor, who will be making his first career start. The third-round pick replaces Corey Lynch as a "box" safety next to Eric Weddle.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 08:25:00 AM

Chargers agreed to terms with third-round SS Brandon Taylor on a four-year contract.

The Chargers wanted to trade up for Mark Barron on the draft's first day, but settled for a small move up the board to secure Taylor on day two. A thumping, "box" safety who draws high marks for football IQ and sure tackling, Taylor figures to open the season as San Diego's starter adjacent FS Eric Weddle.
Mon, May 14, 2012 04:37:00 PM

GM A.J. Smith revealed that SS Brandon Taylor was the player the Chargers aggressively targeted "to go on the attack" at the top of the third round last week.

Smith ended up moving up only five spots because the price tag was too high in the top 10 picks of the round. "(Taylor) can run support. He's extremely competitive," said Smith. "He's football smart. He's aggressive. He's not a cautious guy. I just like his overall game." Taylor will be in the mix to start at strong safety as a rookie.
Fri, May 4, 2012 08:26:00 AM

Chargers traded up with the Dolphins to select LSU SS Brandon Taylor with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Taylor is an in-the-box thumping defensive back at 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds with 4.54 wheels. Much more a strong safety than free, Taylor spent most of his college career in the box while the likes of Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, and Mo Claiborne patrolled the back end. Taylor only had four career interceptions in 33 starts. He does address a need position in San Diego.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 09:47:00 PM

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