Packers release wide receiver Malik Taylor amid shoulder injury – Acme Packing Company

Packers release wide receiver Malik Taylor amid shoulder injury - Acme Packing Company

One day after reaching the NFL’s first cut limit of 85 players, the Green Bay Packers made another cut on Wednesday. On the way out is wide receiver Malik Taylor, who has been a loyal member of the Packers’ special teams over the past two seasons. According to ESPN’s Rob DemovskyTaylor is being released with an injury designation due to a shoulder injury that has had him in and out of practice for the past several weeks.

After going undrafted out of Ferris State University in 2019, Taylor signed briefly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but landed with the Packers just before training camp. He spent his rookie season on the Packers’ practice squad, but then made the active roster in 2020, when he played 15 regular season games, starting one, and suiting up in both postseason contests. Taylor made the roster again in 2021, seeing action in ten of the Packers’ 17 games but being inactive for the final four games, including the playoff loss to Green Bay.

In his NFL career, Taylor caught seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown, with that score coming against the Houston Texans in 2020. His most consistent stretch of playing time on offense came from weeks four through nine of that season, when he filled in for injured receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. Outside of that stretch, though, he’s only played more than ten offensive snaps twice, in week two of 2020 and in week one of 2021 when the Packers brought in their backups in a blowout loss to the. New Orleans Saints.

In fact, Taylor was overtaken by practice squad mentality Juwann Winfree when the Packers lacked Adams, Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling against the. Arizona Cardinals in 2021. Instead, Taylor’s contributions have almost exclusively come on special teams, where he has played more than 300 regular-season snaps in the past two years. He served as a part-time kick returner, but was most prominently featured on kick and punt coverage teams as a punter.

That’s the first cut from the Packers’ wide receiver group during training camp. The team seems likely to keep seven wideouts for the 2022 season, with Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs seemingly guaranteed spots. Fighting for some positions behind that group of five are Winfree, seventh-round draft pick Samori Toure, and undrafted rookies Danny Davis and Ishmael Hyman. However, Davis was apparently injured during Tuesday’s practice, which could affect his status for the final two preseason games.

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