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Taylor Thompson | Tight End

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 268
College: Southern Methodist
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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. Jul 19 - 6:08 PM

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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.
Jun 21 - 1:16 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

Titans rookie TE Taylor Thompson has struggled in his first training camp, transitioning from college defensive end to NFL tight end.

The fifth-round pick's struggles are obviously forgivable, but also confirm he won't be making a first-year fantasy impact. Thompson has had too many fumbles and drops and is still learning to be a pass receiver. He has stood out on special teams, though, which should keep Thomas on the game-day roster initially.
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 10:29:00 PM

Titans OC Chris Palmer said he "could not be more excited about a young player and his development" than he is with fifth-round TE Taylor Thompson.

"I think Thompson is rare," Palmer added. "This guy ... it's just a question of how good he can be. How good does he want to be? How fast will he grow?" Palmer concedes the converted defensive will struggle while making the transition to tight end, however. Look for the payoff to come down the line for the Titans.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 09:44:00 PM

The Nashville Tennessean confirms fifth-round TE Taylor Thompson's "rapid development" led to the release of veteran Daniel Graham last month.

Coach Mike Munchak acknowledges the hyper-athletic converted defensive end is a "work in progress," but "so far, he's done a nice job." Added position coach John Zernhelt, "It's one thing to know who to block; it's another thing to know how to block. He's just at the start of the process." For fantasy purposes, Thompson is merely a deep-league Dynasty stash.
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Sources tell the Sporting News' Russ Lande that Titans fifth-rounder Taylor Thompson showed "elite athleticism similar to New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski" in offseason practices.

The converted defensive end has comparable measurables at 6'6" and 260 pounds with a sub-4.60 forty and a 37-inch vertical. Although Thompson's hands have been softer than expected, he's obviously not in Gronk's class as a pass-catcher and playmaker. The total package is worth a stash in deep Dynasty leagues, as Thompson is an intriguing project for the Titans.
Thu, Jul 5, 2012 07:39:00 PM

Titans GM Ruston Webster says fifth-round TE Taylor Thompson has been a "nice surprise" so far at OTAs.

"He's a very natural catcher," Webster observed. "From his defensive line days and all the weightlifting he's done, he's strong. So I think his blocking's gonna be good. It's exciting to watch him out here. ... He's a big man, and he's got really good hands." Thompson is expected to be a "redshirt" project as a rookie, but he could develop into an impact player down the line.
Tue, May 29, 2012 12:29:00 PM

Titans agreed to terms with fifth-round TE Taylor Thompson on a four-year contract.

A defensive end at SMU, Thompson switched to tight end at the Players All-Star Classic before blowing the doors off the Combine in February. During OTAs last week, OC Chris Palmer called Thompson's receiving skills "uncanny" while praising his "outstanding" speed, size, and hands. Thompson will likely be no higher than third on the depth chart as a rookie.
Tue, May 22, 2012 07:32:00 PM

Fifth-round TE Taylor Thompson's athleticism stood out at the Titans' rookie minicamp.

Both beat writer Jim Wyatt and second-round LB Zach Brown took notice. "...That big boy can run and he is long," Brown said. A 6-foot-6, 259 pound converted defensive end, Thompson lit up the Combine. He'll likely spend at least one season developing behind Jared Cook before the Titans look to involve him as a pass catcher, however.
Mon, May 14, 2012 10:43:00 AM

Titans OC Chris Palmer credits fifth-round pick Taylor Thompson with "uncanny" potential as a receiving tight end.

"His growth will have to come in the technique of blocking, but as far as being a receiving tight end, I think he’s uncanny," Palmer said. "He’s got outstanding speed. He’s got outstanding size and hands." The converted defensive end caught league-wide attention during a freak Pro Day workout. Thompson figures to spend a year learning behind Jared Cook in Tennessee.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 04:00:00 PM

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4Tyler Wilson
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2Shonn Greene
3Dexter McCluster
4Antonio Andrews
5Leon Washington
GLB1Shonn Greene
2Bishop Sankey
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2Bishop Sankey
FB1Jackie Battle
2Collin Mooney
WR11Kendall Wright
2Michael Preston
3Derek Hagan
4Brian Robiskie
5Rico Richardson
WR21Nate Washington
2Justin Hunter
3Marc Mariani
4Isaiah Williams
5Jaz Reynolds
WR31Justin Hunter
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Taylor Thompson
4Dorin Dickerson
5Jason Schepler
K1Maikon Bonani
2Travis Coons