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Devin Taylor | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/15/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 270
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (132) / DET
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Giants re-signed DE Devin Taylor.
Taylor spent the offseason with the Giants, but he was cut after a poor training camp. New York could use some depth on the defensive line, however, and Taylor did record seven sacks for the Lions in 2015. Tue, Oct 31, 2017 10:41:00 AM

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Giants released DE Devin Taylor.

Taylor didn't have a good camp and was buried on the depth chart behind Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn and Avery Moss. The 27-year-old is less than two years removed from a seven-sack campaign in 2015. He should find work as a rotational pass rusher, perhaps with his old team, the Lions.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Giants signed DE Devin Taylor to a one-year contract.

They also signed S Duke Ihenacho. Taylor started all 16 games last year, but took a step back after his seven-sack 2015. With Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon locked in as starters, Taylor will return to a rotational role with the Giants.
Wed, May 24, 2017 07:20:00 PM

Free agent DE Devin Taylor is visiting the Giants on Monday.

After recording seven sacks in a rotational role for the Lions in 2015, Taylor took a step back as the starter last season, recording just 4.5 sacks and struggling against the run. The Giants do not need a starter with Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul atop the depth chart, but they do need depth behind the two stars. Taylor would be an upgrade to their rotation.
Mon, May 22, 2017 09:46:00 AM

The Detroit Free Press doesn't expect the Lions to re-sign free agent DE Devin Taylor.

Taylor took a step back in his first stint as a 16-game starter last season. The Lions can't afford to keep him with Ziggy Ansah and Haloti Ngata in the final year of their contracts. Despite his sacks dropoff, Taylor should generate solid interest heading into his age-27 season.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Lions.com reporter Tim Twentyman considers DE Devin Taylor a candidate for double-digit sacks this season.

Taylor should be plenty motivated heading into his walk year. He finished second on the team with seven sacks last season and could face a lot of one-on-one blocks with Ziggy Ansah and Haloti Ngata attracting attention on the other side of the line. The 2013 fourth-round pick is slated to begin the year as a starter for the first time in his career.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 01:13:00 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein expects DE Devin Taylor to start opposite Ziggy Ansah.

With Jason Jones officially gone, the Lions do not have many other options. A fourth-round pick in 2013, Taylor has not started a game since his rookie season, but he broke out with seven sacks in 550 snaps last year. Detroit will hope he can take another step forward in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Sat, May 21, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Lions DE Devin Taylor is expected to have a bigger role this season.

"You look at him, he’s improved," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He was a better player last year than he had been the previous year. He’s a better player that year than he was the year before that." A fourth-round pick in 2013, Taylor has started just two games in three seasons. He showed well in a rotational role last year, however, recording seven sacks in just 550 snaps. With Jason Jones likely to leave via free agency, Taylor has a good shot to earn a starting role this season.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 11:23:00 AM

The Lions are counting on third-year DE Devin Taylor to take a step forward.

"One of the things that jumps out is the fact he has an unbelievable amount of talent," coach Jim Caldwell said. "His skill level is unusual. He was a young player (last season). He's a very important part of what we do and we’re expecting to see him develop by leaps and bounds." Taylor was limited to 227 snaps last year. With Jason Jones (knee) sidelined, he has a chance to make a run at more playing time. Detroit's unproven options behind Haloti Ngata should allow Taylor to see a bigger role as an interior sub-package rusher.
Source: MLive.com
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 04:39:00 PM

Lions 2013 fourth-round pick Devin Taylor will push Jason Jones for the starting left end job in training camp.

Jones is the pretty heavy favorite, but Taylor performed better than expected in his rookie year (2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles) and offers versatility with an ability to rush the passer inside in sub-packages. We'd expect Taylor to end up playing around 30 percent of Detroit's defensive snaps as a sophomore.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Lions fourth-round DE Devin Taylor is sitting out OTAs this week with a hamstring injury.

It doesn't sound like a serious issue for Taylor, but he needs all the reps he can get as he battles for a top backup spot in a thin defensive end corps. The No. 132 overall pick in the draft registered 18.5 career sacks at South Carolina.
Wed, May 29, 2013 08:24:00 PM

Lions agreed to terms with No. 132 overall pick DE Devin Taylor on a four-year contract.

Taylor was a four-year starter at South Carolina, registering 18.5 career sacks and two forced fumbles. He has good length at 6-foot-7 and 266 pounds, but Taylor isn't overly powerful. In a shallow defensive end depth chart in Detroit, Taylor has an opportunity to see meaningful snaps as a rookie.
Thu, May 9, 2013 07:06:00 PM

Lions selected South Carolina DE Devin Taylor with the No. 132 overall pick.

Taylor (6-foot-7, 266) logged 18.5 sacks, 35 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles during his four-year Gamecocks career, bookending Jadeveon Clowney in his final two seasons. Taylor showed freakish straight-line athleticism with a 4.72 forty and 1.59 ten-yard split at the Combine, but he is painfully tight in the hips and a better athlete than football player. Taylor may need to adjust his game in the pros, focusing on power rushing. The Gamecock's length and straight-line speed should come in handy in the Lions' wide alignments.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:53:00 PM

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14DeAngelo Tyson
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28Ed Stinson
29Justin Trattou
30Fili Moala
31Henry Melton
32Vaughn Martin
33Phillip Hunt
34Ray Drew
35B.J. McBryde
36Mehdi Abdesmad
37Ryan Davis
38Keith Browner
39Scott Crichton
40George Uko
41Ishaq Williams
42Max Valles
43B.J. Larsen
44Dan Pettinato
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3Ken Bishop
4Desmond Bryant
5Dwan Edwards
6Paul Soliai
7Markus Kuhn
8Glenn Foster
9Colin Cole
10Kenrick Ellis
11Jerel Worthy
12Ryan Carrethers
13Nick Williams
14Brandon Bair
15Mike Martin
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18Charles Walker
19Khyri Thornton
20Lawrence Virgil
21David Parry
22Eric Crume
23Jason Jones
24Sen'Derrick Marks
25Martin Ifedi
26Ego Ferguson
27Bobby Richardson
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3Brodrick Bunkley
4Letroy Guion
5Dan Williams
6Louis Trinca-Pasat
7Terry Williams
8Devaunte Sigler
9T.J. Barnes
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16Roy Miller
17C.J. Wilson
18Jerrell Powe
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20Jasper Coleman
21Cam Thomas
22Matt Conrath
23William Campbell
24Chunky Clements
25Christo Bilukidi
26Alameda Ta'amu
27Mike Thornton
28Chigbo Anunoby
29Delvon Simmons
30Tevita Finau
31David Carter
32Cameron Botticelli
33Chuka Ndulue
34Josh Watson
35Kyle Rose
36Demetris Anderson
37Chris Neild
38Christian Tupou
39Isaako Aaitui
40Luther Robinson
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5James Laurinaitis
6Jason Williams
7Allen Bradford
8Arthur Brown
9Nick Moody
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13Marshall McFadden
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16Justin Durant
17Jerry Franklin
18Max Bullough
19Montese Overton
20Kache Palacio
21Jacob Lindsey
22Jack Lynn
23Terrance Plummer
24Tony Steward
25John Lotulelei
26Anthony Harrell
27Sam Barrington
28Chris Young
29Donnie Baggs
30Steven Daniels
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3Larry Dean
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6Keith Rivers
7Eric Pinkins
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14Dillon Lee
15Don Cherry
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20Travis Long
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22Torrey Green
23Matthew Wells
24Alex Singleton
25Courtland Clavette
26Nick Usher
27Lucas Wacha
28James Davidson
29Tyler Gray
30Jared Koster
31D.J. Lynch
32Abner Logan
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5Danny Lansanah
6J.T. Thomas
7Jake Ganus
8Shea McClellin
9Jo-Lonn Dunbar
10Quentin Groves
11Ronald Powell
12Tyler Starr
13Mike Mohamed
14Myke Tavarres
15Cap Capi
16Zeek Bigger
17Lamar Louis
18Justin Jackson
19Josh McNary
20Mike Moore
21Jared Barber
22Xzavier Dickson
23Markus Pierce-Brewster
24Josh Kaddu
25Travis Lewis
26Bjoern Werner
27Keshaun Malone
28Travis Feeney
29Darius English
30Ladell Fleming
31Jayson DiManche
32Matt Robinson
33Mister Alexander
34Ka'Lial Glaud
35Antonio Longino
36Gionni Paul
37Ivan McLennan
38Cameron Lawrence
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3D'Qwell Jackson
4Curtis Lofton
5Nate Irving
6Daryl Washington
7Glenn Carson
8David Talley
9Josh Mauga
10Erin Henderson
11Brad Jones
12Kenny Demens
13David Hawthorne
14Neiron Ball
15Jamari Lattimore
16Spencer Paysinger
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18Jeff Luc
19Quentin Gause
20Justin Tuggle
21Taiwan Jones
22Frank Shannon
23Kaelin Burnett
24Kevin Reddick
25Reggie Northrup
26Sio Moore
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3Jarvis Jones
4Tamba Hali
5Gerald Rivers
6Jonathan Newsome
7Randell Johnson
8Tony Washington
9Dezman Moses
10Sage Harold
11Diaheem Watkins
12Corey Lemonier
13Jason Neill
14IK Enemkpali
15Dan Skuta
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17Jarius Wynn
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3Leodis McKelvin
4Bashaud Breeland
5Antonio Cromartie
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7Jeremy Lane
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11Tim Jennings
12Cortland Finnegan
13Nolan Carroll
14Cortez Allen
15Darrelle Revis
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17Cariel Brooks
18Trey Caldwell
19Bill Bentley
20Adam Jones
21Justin Gilbert
22Delvin Breaux
23Zackary Bowman
24Alfonzo Dennard
25Bradley Fletcher
26R.J. Stanford
27Kayvon Webster
28Lardarius Webb
29Brandon Boykin
30Alan Ball
31Chris Cook
32Ri'Shard Anderson
33Kyle Arrington
34Darrin Walls
35Isaiah Frey
36Antwon Blake
37Dwayne Gratz
38Dax Swanson
39Jumal Rolle
40Darren Woodard
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37Durell Eskridge
38Lee Hightower
39Marcus McWilson
40Josh Evans
41Landon Feichter
42Anthony Walters
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45Aaron Taylor
46Justin Cox
47Chris Hackett
48Brandan Bishop
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4Will Blackmon
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11Jimmy Wilson
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16Jarrod Harper
17Justin Halley
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21Joe Powell
22Lorenzo Jerome
23Robert Lester
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26Kimario McFadden
27Brandian Ross
28Robert Smith
29Ray Vinopal
30Demarkus Perkins
31Lamarcus Brutus
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34Brian Randolph
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39Vinnie Sunseri
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