November 30th, 2020 at 2:37pm CST by Andrew Ortenberg
The injuries keep on coming for a banged up 49ers team. San Francisco picked up a huge win over the Rams yesterday but cornerback Jamar Taylor tore his ACL in the process, Matt Barrows of The Athletic tweets.
Obviously, he’ll miss the rest of the season. It’s an especially tough blow for Taylor since, as Barrows wrote in a piece just last week, he was having a strong season. Making it even tougher is the fact that Taylor is set to be a free agent at the end of the year, and this will surely negatively impact his market. If he avoided any other ligament damage he should be ready for the start of the 2021 campaign.
Taylor signed with the 49ers back in June, but was released right before the start of the season. He was soon added to the practice squad, and promoted to the active roster shortly thereafter. Due to injuries he quickly started getting real playing time, and has started three of their past seven games. He intercepted two passes during the 49ers’ win over the Patriots, his only two picks of the year.
A second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2013, Taylor has bounced around a bit. He started 29 games for the Browns from 2016-17, but hasn’t been able to find a consistent home since. As Barrows wrote in his piece, the coaching staff is fond of Taylor, and all the team’s cornerbacks will be free agents this spring. Perhaps he’ll be brought back on a one-year prove-it deal. He turned 30 in September.
September 5th, 2020 at 8:31pm CST by Zachary Links
On Saturday, the 49ers put a pair of former first-round notables on the curb. Defensive end Dion Jordan and Kevin White were dropped from the roster as a part of the club’s 20+ cuts on Saturday.
Jordan’s NFL career has taken some odd turns, to say the least. After being selected No. 3 overall by the Dolphins, Jordan did little to justify his pre-draft hype. After some underwhelming seasons, missed seasons, and a number of suspensions, Jordan found his way to the Seahawks in 2017. In 2018, he showed some promise as a rotational piece, and he parlayed that into a one-year deal with the Raiders. He hooked on with the Niners in early August, but he didn’t get to stay for long.
White, a former No. 7 overall pick of the Bears, came out of West Virginia with tons of hype. Over the last five years, injuries have limited him to just 14 games. The Niners have been decimated by injuries at wide receiver, but they still didn’t see enough out of White’s ~1 week audition to keep him. For his career, White has 25 catches for 285 yards and zero touchdowns.
The 49ers are adding some veteran cornerback depth. They announced Monday they have agreed to terms with Jamar Taylor. In a corresponding move, the 49ers waived former second-round corner Teez Tabor with a non-football injury designation.
Also a former second-rounder, Taylor has played seven NFL seasons — two of which with NFC West franchises, the Cardinals and Seahawks — and has bounced around the league. The 49ers will be the ex-Dolphin draftee’s seventh team.
Taylor, 30 in September, played in 12 games in 2019 — nine for the Seahawks and three for the Falcons. His last starts came for the 2018 Cardinals, but he was a regular starter with the 2016-17 Browns. Last season, Taylor played 204 defensive snaps.
A former Lions draftee, Tabor received a second chance with the 49ers last season. San Francisco signed the ex-Florida DB in September 2019 and stashed him on its practice squad. Tabor, however, has been unable to impress as a pro and will venture to the waiver wire.
December 10th, 2019 at 1:47pm CST by Zachary Links
The Falcons are signing cornerback Jamar Taylor, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. The veteran appeared in nine games with the Seahawks earlier this year before being released in late November.
Taylor had three passes defensed with the Seahawks, who dropped him twice in 2019 – once in August and again in November. All in all, he’s been a part-timer in his seventh pro season, notching 20 tackles in nine games as a backup.
The Falcons’ season is effectively over, but Taylor will get a chance to showcase himself before free agency begins in March. Still only 29, the former second-round pick could put himself in line for a deal with a cornerback-needy team.
The Seahawks’ tight end group has experienced considerable turnover this year, but they will add a key veteran for the stretch run. Seattle activated Ed Dickson from IR Wednesday.
Dickson’s second Seahawks season has unfolded similarly to his first. Last year, he did not debut until late October after spending the first several weeks of the season on Seattle’s NFI list because of a quadriceps injury. A late-summer knee surgery sidelined Dickson this year, and he experienced a slower-than-anticipated recovery. But the second-year Seahawk will make another midseason debut after returning to practice late last month.
The 10th-year veteran will again return for a Seahawks team that’s lost Will Dissly for the season. They also traded Nick Vannett to the Steelers. Yet this year, the team has received production from trade acquisition Jacob Hollister. Dickson joins Hollister and Luke Willson as Seattle’s active-roster tight ends.
In his abbreviated 2018 season, Dickson caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns. The former Ravens and Panthers tight end has exceeded 300 receiving yards in just two seasons (2011, 2017). The 32-year-old vet is known more for his blocking, and this transaction will stand to help Seattle’s run game.
This is the second time the Seahawks have cut Taylor this year. They did so in August but brought him back before Week 2. He’s played a part-time role in his seventh NFL season, making 20 tackles in nine games as a backup. He will be available on the waiver wire.