J. J. Taylor
No. 42 – New England Patriots
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-04) January 4, 1998 (age 24)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Centennial HS
College:Arizona (2016–2019)
Undrafted:2020
Career history
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2021
Rushing yards:147
Rushing average:3.5
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:5
Receiving yards:12
Return yards:123
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Joseph Justyn "J.J." Taylor (born January 4, 1998) is an American football running back, and return specialist for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) and professional Rocket League esports player of Team Oxygen. He played college football at Arizona.

Early years

Taylor graduated in 2016 from Centennial High School in Corona, California.After converting from Defensive back to Running back, he was named Mr. Football as state's top offensive player by CalHiSports.com.[1] Also he was named All-Inland First-team. He was recognized as a Blue-Grey All-American. He gained 2,290 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior. He earned a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247 Sports. Taylor had offers from Washington State, Nevada, Ohio, Montana State, Sacramento State and Weber State from the Big Sky Conference as well.[2] Taylor committed to Arizona in 2015.[1][2]

College career

2016 season

He played in four games with one career start before going down with an injury as a true freshman.[3] Taylor rushed for 261 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries, even though he barely played in Arizona's first game of the season against BYU. The best proof came in a two-game stretch where Taylor rushed for a combined 267 yards on 37 carries with two touchdowns, particularly in Arizona's dominant win over Hawaii in Week 3. Taylor was poised for a breakout freshman season before the injury in Pac-12 opener, which occurred during the Wildcats’ fourth game against Washington. He still totaled 97 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.

2017 season

Taylor, a redshirt freshman from Corona, Calif., played in all 12 games and was the Pac-12's top freshman rusher with 828 yards (6.1 yards/carry), averaged 69.0 yards per game, and added five touchdowns. He rushed for a career-best 153 yards on 14 carries (10.9 avg.) with two touchdowns vs. Washington State.[4] Taylor was a major contributor to Arizona's ground game that averaged 324.4 yards per game (3rd in the FBS) and a school single-season team record 48 rushing touchdowns. Arizona rushed for 300 or more yards seven times, including a pair of 500+ yard games with a UA single-game record 534 yards vs. Oregon State. He was the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.[4]

2018 season

Taylor was put on the Doak Walker Award watch list in July 2018.[4] Against Southern Utah, Taylor returned a kickoff for a touchdown.[5] His redshirt sophomore year finished with 1,434 rushing yards and, 49 receiving yards, and seven total touchdowns.[1]

2019 season

As a redshirted junior in 2019, Taylor finished with 721 rushing yards and five touchdowns. On November 19, 2019, Taylor announced that we would forgo his senior year and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[2]

College statistics

Season Team Class Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2016 Arizona FR 38 261 6.9 2 2 16 8.0 0 40 277 6.9 2
2017 Arizona FR 146 847 5.8 5 12 49 4.1 2 158 896 5.7 7
2018 Arizona SO 255 1,434 5.6 6 16 133 8.3 0 271 1,567 5.8 6
2019 Arizona JR 148 721 4.9 5 32 289 9.0 0 180 1,010 5.6 5
Career[6] 587 3,263 5.6 18 62 487 7.9 2 649 3,750 5.8 20

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 5+14 in
(1.66 m)
185 lb
(84 kg)
28+34 in
(0.73 m)
8+12 in
(0.22 m)
4.61 s 4.15 s 7.00 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1]

Taylor signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2020.[7] On September 5, 2020, he was waived by the team and signed to the practice squad the following day.[8] He was promoted to the active roster on September 7, 2020.[9] Taylor made his professional debut in the Patriots Week one victory over the Miami Dolphins.[10]

On August 30, 2022, Taylor was waived by the Patriots and signed to the practice squad the next day.[11][12] He was promoted to the active roster on November 5.[13] He was waived on November 21 and re-signed to the practice squad.

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 NE 6 0 23 110 4.8 28 0 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0
2021 NE 5 0 19 37 1.9 15 2 4 8 2.0 5 0 1 1
Career[14] 11 0 38 147 3.4 30 2 4 7 2.5 4 0 1 1

References

  1. ^ a b c d "J.J. Taylor Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "J.J. Taylor planning to enter NFL Draft". WildcatAuthority.com. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Kelapire, Ryan (September 15, 2018). "Arizona DE Justin Belknap has broken foot, could be out for season, per reports". Arizona Desert Swarm. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Spears, Justin (July 18, 2018). "Arizona Wildcats RB J.J. Taylor put on Doak Walker Award watch list". Arizona Daily Star. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Christy, Mike (September 15, 2018). "Seen and heard: Game of firsts includes takeaway, sack and a win for Kevin Sumlin". Arizona Daily Star. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "J.J. Taylor". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Patriots Sign 15 Rookie Free Agents". Patriots.com. May 5, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "J.J. Taylor: Reverts to practice squad". CBSSports.com. September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Patriots sign two players to the 53-man roster from the practice squad; place two players on injured reserve". Patriots.com. September 7, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "J.J. Taylor". www.nfl.com. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  11. ^ "Patriots Make Roster Moves to Reach 53-Man Roster Limit". Patriots.com. August 30, 2022.
  12. ^ "Patriots Sign 15 Players to the Practice Squad". Patriots.com. August 31, 2022.
  13. ^ "Patriots Sign RB J.J. Taylor to the 53-Man Roster from the Practice Squad; Place OL Marcus Cannon on Injured Reserve; Elevate WR Lynn Bowden Jr. and Kody Russey to the Active Roster". Patriots.com. November 5, 2022.
  14. ^ "J.J. Taylor". NFL.com. Retrieved October 6, 2021.