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Draft Scout Devin Taylor News
09/22/16 - DE Devin Taylor missed practice Thursday with an ankle injury, perhaps leaving the Lions without two of their top pass rushers for Sunday's game against the Packers. If Taylor can't play, Wallace Gilberry and Kerry Hyder likely will start at defensive end.
09/19/16 - DE Devin Taylor had a big game after Ziggy Ansah left in the first series with an ankle injury. Taylor had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a safety. "Devin did a nice job and certainly was able to collapse the pocket some there," coach Jim Caldwell said. "We were able to get a little bit of pressure on the quarterback and I think overall he played pretty well."
12/03/15 - DE Devin Taylor was one of the early stars for the Lions, but he wound up as their goat. He was whistled for a facemask penalty against QB Aaron Rodgers, giving Green Bay one last play. "I can't control whatever they decide," he said. "I didn't believe I touched it." Taylor made two first-half sacks, giving him five for the season. His first sack stalled a Green Bay drive, and K Mason Crosby then missed a 41-yard field goal try. His second sack forced a Rodgers fumble, though Packers C Corey Linsley fell on it.
08/12/15 - DE Devin Taylor has looked excellent in one-on-one pass rush drills thus far in training camp.
06/17/15 - DE Devin Taylor earned first-team reps on Wednesday, but it was at a surprise position -- defensive tackle.
Under Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin last season, the Lions regularly flipped their ends and tackles in games, and Taylor said he has been training to play inside the last couple years.
With questions about their depth at tackle, the Lions could use bigger ends like Jason Jones and Taylor to fill the void left by the departures of Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley.
"They pretty much see me and J.J., I guess, as a similar body type, so they just work me inside," Taylor said. "Especially being a defensive end, you have a little bit maybe of a speed advantage over some of the other tackles because (offensive linemen are) not used to playing people who have that kind of quickness."
The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Taylor's ability to play multiple positions would give him an opportunity to play more in 2015. He flashed some talent as a rookie in 2013 with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in limited playing time.
However, he didn't earn more reps in 2014 as George Johnson and Darryl Tapp became the top backups to Jones and Ezekiel Ansah.
"One of the things that jumps out at you is the fact that he has an unbelievable amount of talent," head coach Jim Caldwell said.
"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 ones of those guys.
"He's a very, very important part of what we do, and we're expecting to see him develop by leaps and bounds."