Detroit Lions' Devin Taylor could make an impact at D-tackle
Devin Taylor, a fourth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in the 2013 NFL draft, played defensive end throughout his first two professional seasons. Last year, however, he didn't start a single game. A reserve in the D-end rotation, Taylor had 15 tackles and only one sack.
The lack of production is not an indictment of Taylor's ability, though. In fact, Jim Caldwell recently raved about the lineman's unique athleticism to Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News.
"One of the things that jumps out at you is the fact that he has an unbelievable amount of talent," Caldwell told The Detroit News. "His skill level is unusual. He's got speed, he's got length, he's tough, and I think with him, he was a bit of a young player. But I think now you're starting to see some of these guys develop. He's one of those guys.
"He's a very important part of what we do."
A new avenue is opening for Taylor, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 275 pounds, to get on the field in 2015. He has taken first team-reps at defensive tackle during Lions minicamp, The Detroit News reports. Taylor believes he can have a quickness advantage on the inside, but he still isn't sure about the scope of the experiment.
"I have no idea what their plan is for me. I'm just here to get better and do what I can," Taylor told the publication.
(h/t The Detroit News)
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