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Taylor Thompson | Tight End | #85

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 268
College: Southern Methodist
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 5 (145) / TEN
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The NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of free agent TE Taylor Thompson.
Thompson was cut by the Titans back in June, but he claimed he was hurt and the Titans failed to release him with an injury settlement, as they believed he was healthy. Thompson now needs knee surgery, and the NFLPA is backing him. Thompson suspected back in June that he needed microfracture knee surgery. Wed, Sep 2, 2015 03:28:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The NFLPA is looking into the Titans' release of TE Taylor Thompson.

The Titans waived Thompson Friday without an injury designation. However, he says he needs knee surgery for a lingering issue stemming back to last season. Thompson went as far to say he could undergo microfracture surgery, which would keep him off the field for the 2015 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Titans waived TE Taylor Thompson.

Once upon a time, Thompson was an intriguing deep Dynasty prospect. The highly-athletic former college defensive end has been unable to stay healthy and believes he's still battling a knee issue, though the Titans think otherwise. Thompson failed to show up to his physical ahead of minicamp earlier this week.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 05:23:00 PM

Titans TE Taylor Thompson is having knee issues.

He also missed his physical before minicamp and could be subject to a fine. It's unknown if the injury will require surgery. Thompson has caught just 11-of-23 targets since entering the league in 2012. Delanie Walker is locked in as Tennessee's starting tight end.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 02:49:00 PM

Titans placed TE Taylor Thompson on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Thompson hasn't been able to shake a Week 3 knee injury. He's missed a golden opportunity in a Titans offense that is in full-blown evaluation mode. On 55 snaps this season, Thompson reeled in 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards. Through three seasons, he has just 11 grabs for 83 yards and one score. Thompson may be running out of time. He's been a name to watch in deep Dynasty leagues the past couple years, but his plus athleticism has yet to translate to the NFL after playing defensive end at SMU.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Taylor Thompson caught three passes for 39 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

A converted defensive end, Thompson has shown significant progress this preseason while catching 11 passes for 128 yards through three games. He's not going to pass Delanie Walker this year, but is worth monitoring in Dynasty formats.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:00:00 PM

Titans TE Taylor Thompson secured 5-of-5 targets for 56 yards in Friday night's second preseason game.

Continuing to build on his promising August, the converted defensive end now has eight grabs for 89 yards through two exhibition affairs. Thompson is a significantly better athlete than Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens. If Thompson keeps this up, the Titans will have to find ways to get him on the field.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Titans TE Taylor Thompson is now considered a "roster lock" after opening camp on the bubble.

Thompson is getting mixed into first-team two-tight end packages behind Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens, and TEs coach Mike Mularkey recently called Thompson "a very good run blocker." Thompson, 25 in October, is worth monitoring in Dynasty leagues, but isn't roster-able at this point. He still has great athleticism with a 37-inch vertical and 4.55 speed at 6-foot-6, 259.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 12:48:00 PM

Titans coaches have raved about third-year TE Taylor Thompson's progress.

Thompson played 272 snaps last year, but was a non-factor on offense. He's competing for the No. 3 tight end job behind Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens. The Nashville Tennessean expects Thompson to push for an expanded role in the receiving game. Thompson has just nine catches through two seasons and may never develop into more than a red-zone target.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 06:08:00 PM

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt pegged Titans TE Taylor Thompson as a player who could see a bigger offensive role this season.

A converted defensive end, Thompson has been used sparingly on offense with only nine receptions on 18 targets through two seasons in the NFL. Thompson is a project that may never develop into an offensive threat. He will serve as the No. 3 tight end behind Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 01:16:00 PM

Titans TE Taylor Thompson was held without a catch in Week 13.

Thompson was elevated into Tennessee's primary tight end role with Craig Stevens inactive and Delanie Walker leaving following a first-quarter concussion. He dropped two passes and looks to be still a project deep into his second NFL season. Thompson is a converted defensive end out of SMU.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 04:35:00 PM

Taylor Thompson caught a nine-yard touchdown pass in the Titans' Week 10 loss to the Jaguars.

Thompson caught six passes as a rookie in 2012; this was his first reception of the 2013 season. A former college defensive end, Thompson is still developing. He's the No. 3 tight end behind Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 05:33:00 PM

According to Pro Football Focus, just 31 percent of TE Taylor Thompson's snaps last season came on a play where he went out for a pass.

A converted defensive end, Thompson rarely saw the field as a rookie and didn't play more than 25 offensive snaps in a game until Week 16. The Titans moved on from Jared Cook this offseason, so Thompson is a candidate for an expanded role as a red-zone target. Delanie Walker will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting tight end job.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 08:47:00 PM

The Titans expect TE Taylor Thompson to be more of a factor in 2013.

Thompson, a converted defensive end, was far too raw to see real playing time in his rookie season. But if he can turn the corner in his development, there's plenty of opportunity for the 6'6/259 athlete. Jared Cook is a free agent and Craig Stevens is a blocker. Keep an eye on Thompson's upside.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 12:45:00 PM

Titans rookie TE Taylor Thompson caught two passes for 19 yards in the team's Week 17 win over Jacksonville.

A converted defensive end from SMU, Thompson was a fifth-round pick in April's draft. He finished his first NFL season with six receptions for just 46 yards and no scores. Blessed with big-time physical ability, Thompson will be a player to monitor during the offseason with Jared Cook ticketed for unrestricted free agency. There is some belief that Thompson could be a Rob Gronkowski-type player once he learns how to play the tight end position.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 05:30:00 PM

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