Getty The Falcons sign former Browns manager Vincent Taylor.
The Atlanta Falcons are set to sign defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, according to a report by NFL insider Jordan Schultz on Saturday, April 16.
Breaking: FA DT Vincent Taylor is signing with the #Falcons, per source.
Since 2017, the 6-foot-3, 311-pound Taylor has played in 40 games, totaling 65 tackles, two sacks and four QB hits.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 17, 2022
The signing announcement comes just days after the Falcons invited Vincent to visit, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
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Taylor was recruited out of the state of Oklahoma
Taylor, 28, first joined the NFL in 2017 as a sixth-round pick (194th overall) by the Miami Dolphins.
The Oklahoma State product played 13 games during his rookie year before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, which ended his season early. His second year in the league was also cut short by injury. Taylor played in eight games in 2018 before suffering a foot injury and landing on injured reserve again.
It was a “surprise” when the Dolphins released him before the 2019 season because, despite Taylor’s injury setbacks, he remained a valuable asset to the Miami defense.
He recorded 28 defensive stops and missed just 1 tackle during his first two NFL seasons with the Dolphins, earning him overall PFF ratings of 84.1 and 76.3.
Playing in a total of 21 games for Miami, Taylor made 45 tackles, had three QB hits and four tackles for loss and two sacks.
Vincent Taylor had good grades in his first two seasons in the league:
2017: 84.1 overall (185 snaps) 2018: 76.3 overall (204 snaps)
* In that time, Taylor racked up 28 defensive stops and missed just 1 tackle #Dolphins #FinsUp https://t.co/O0zAbQaSTZ
— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Dolphins) September 2, 2019
Taylor soon signed waivers on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster at the end of the season and resigned as part of the 2020 season roster cuts. After being cut by Buffalo, Taylor was claimed off waivers by Cleveland, where he appeared in 15 games for the Browns. , recording 12 tackles and one fumble recovery.
However, his most recent stay was in Houston last season and was also cut short after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1.
Since joining the league in 2017, Taylor has appeared in 40 NFL games, recording 65 tackles (42 solo), two sacks and four QB hits.
Taylor replaces Tyler Davison
Taylor’s signing helps fill the void in the Falcons’ defensive line depth chart left by nose tackle Tyeler Davison.
The Falcons parted ways with Davison just one day before free agency on March 15. Davison had signed a three-year, $12 million deal with Atlanta in 2020 and was nearing the final year of that deal.
Letting Davison go was ultimately a decision to save money. He had a salary cap of nearly $5 million for 2022 and his released release should free up roughly $3.69 million in cap space.
Davison, a former fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints, joined the Falcons in 2019. He finished the 2021 season recording 30 tackles (three for a loss) and had zero sacks. Not to mention the fact that Davison had also lost playing time to the Falcons’ monstrous manager, Anthony Rush.
Both Rush, who is 6-foot-4, 360 pounds, and Taylor, who is 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, are bigger defenders than Davison at 6-foot-2, 309 pounds.
Now, with the addition of Taylor, the Falcons’ defensive front currently consists of Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson, Anthony Rush, John Cominsky, Nick Thurman and Ta’Quon Graham.
You can also expect Atlanta to turn to the 2022 rookie draft class to add even more depth to their lineup.
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