clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Broncos 2016 roster: Jordan Taylor

Breaking down the Denver Broncos 2016 90-man roster, one player, one post, one day at a time. Today we keep the football rolling looking at promising wide receiver Jordan Taylor.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we started doing last year here at Mile High Report, and we thought it went well. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2016 season in our 90-in-90 series.

Name: Jordan Taylor
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'5" Weight: 210
Age: 24  Experience: 2
College: Rice

The 2015 NFL Draft came and went and the name "Jordan Taylor" was not called. This means he was now an undrafted free agent and teams would calling him to see if he would like to sign with their team.

Well one team that came calling was the Denver Broncos, and Taylor decided to join this great Franchise and now had a chance to play and practice with the great Peyton Manning in what would be his final "rodeo".

Taylor was mostly an unknown at this point last year, but it did not take long for him to standout in Training Camp. Only two days into practice, Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak singled out Taylor during his post-practice press conference.

"He's got a long body. He's got a long stride. He can really run. He's got a big catch radius. I think you guys that have been watching practice through OTAs can agree that he's been a really impressive player. It's going to be important to see how he does, but one of the things he's got going for him is that he can handle a lot of information and he knows every spot out there right now. That's an advantage, and I think he's going to have an excellent chance to help this team."

Taylor continued to standout during camp and eventually the preseason, but unfortunately did not make the Broncos final roster. Taylor ultimately latched on to the Broncos Practice Squad and that is where he spent the entire 2015 season.

This might seem like a disappointing season for a player who some thought could crack the roster, but it ended up being a special one for Jordan Taylor.

As we know, quarterback Peyton Manning was sidelined with an injury for an extended time. He needed to rest his body while it healed and then eventually start rehabbing back into football shape. When Manning reached the rehab stage, he reached out to Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor.

Manning texted Taylor when he needed an early morning throwing partner and Taylor would show up hours early to help Manning out. Taylor would run whatever route Manning wanted him to run. They did this for quite awhile and Taylor was basically having two practice sessions a day. Manning joked that he was worried that he was running Taylor into the ground, but was grateful for his help.

"I feel bad because I was running him into the ground and he hadn’t even started practice yet," Manning said. "I have a bad habit of saying, just one more, and one more can turn into 10 more. I don’t think I could have gotten though my rehab and gotten back if it had not been for him. I am very grateful for his help."

Manning went on to start all three of the Broncos postseason games and won himself his second Super Bowl ring in what would be his final game in the NFL. One of the greatest players of all time went out on top because of the help of Jordan Taylor.

Whether or not Taylor makes it in the league, that right there is a pretty big accomplishment.

Taylor continued to look good this offseason and might be forming a connection with first-round pick, quarterback Paxton Lynch.

The two have hit on multiple long touchdowns this spring, and hope to continue that production into the summer months as both players try to win a role in the Broncos offense this year.

The good:

There is a lot to like about Jordan Taylor.

He has size, speed, soft hands, and has earned the praise from one of the greatest football players of all time, quarterback Peyton Manning.

Hard to argue with that.

Also, after starters Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, the 3, 4, and 5 receiver positions are wide open. The competition includes former second-round pick Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, veteran Jordan Norwood, and a group of hungry undrafted free agents.

Latimer has been a bit of a disappointment but started showing some progress late last season. He also turned into one of the Broncos better special teams players after coming up with a handful of big plays during the season/postseason. Fowler looked good last year but doesn't do anything great. Norwood can be a returner and man the slot, but he didn't look all that great last year. The other rookies will look to be this year's Jordan Taylor.

So there is a great opportunity for Taylor to carve himself out a role in the Broncos offense. He will need to stay healthy, continue having strong practices, and make a few big plays in the preseason. He has shown he is capable of doing all of this, so hopefully, he can do it again.

What will help Taylor out even more, is his work on special teams. Cody Latimer turned into one of the Broncos better gunners, so if Taylor could do that or compete for a returners job, his chances of making the team go up a bit.

The bad:

It is hard to come up with much bad considering how little we have seen from Taylor. Everything written about him has been positive, and the Manning story makes you like the guy even more.

If I had to come up with anything it would be his build. He isn't a big guy, more thin and a long strider. So he may have issues against stronger corners who like to press.

Also because of his thin build, he may struggle on special teams. He doesn't seem like a very physical guy so doubt he makes the team because of his gunner/blocking skills. Players like Cody Latimer who are bigger and more physical have more success in those roles.

He also doesn't have any experience as a returner, so that may be an issue for him if he is battling for the 4th or 5th roster spot at receiver.


Taylor on how Peyton Manning helped him be a better player.

"While he was rehabbing and trying to get himself better, he was critiquing my routes, my technique, my knowledge of the offense," Taylor said. "He definitely helped me out."

Roster Status:

I like his chances, but he will need to stay healthy and look good on special teams.

I think he has a golden opportunity to earn the number three receiving job this summer.(I will say the same for Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler as well.) His size, speed, and soft hands could make him a weapon for whoever is under center for the Broncos.

He will need to stay healthy, though, Any time missed could really hurt his chances at making the team. Especially if a player like Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, or one of the UDFA's step up.