Lane Taylor 2014 Report Card – Packers Player Grades

Green Bay Packers Report Cards, Player Grades
Packers OL Lane Taylor

1) Introduction: Lane Taylor made the 53-man roster for the second year in a row as an undrafted free agent. He was a backup guard and also saw action on special teams. After the 2014 season, he showed what he is: an undrafted free agent of marginal ability. Based on his on-field performance, it’s not a stretch to think 2014 was his final year in Green Bay.

2) Profile:

Lane Taylor

  • Age: 25
  • Born: 11/22/1989 in Arlington, Texas
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 324
  • College: Oklahoma State
  • Rookie Year: 2013
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: After seeing special teams and mop-up duty in 2013, his chances to make the 2014 were limited at best. Taylor probably only made the 2014 squad because of the season-ending injury to Don Barclay and the injured reserve with the return designation for J.C. Tretter during training camp. He was counted upon to back up both guard positions and contribute on field goal and extra point plays.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Taylor really had no highlights because he was a reserve player and usually only found the field during kicks and mop-up duty. However, in the game against the New Orleans Saints, T.J. Lang was injured and Taylor was thrust into the lineup with the starting offense. He struggled mightily and showed he was a marginal backup at best and his future in the league is in doubt.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Outside of the kicking game, Taylor made no positive contributions to the team. Even his kicking game contributions were troubling because he was part of the units that allowed far too many blocked kicks, including the inexcusable extra point blocks, which should never be blocked. He had trouble blocking anyone every time he was on the field.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Outside of the kicking game, Taylor made no positive contributions to the team.

7) Intangibles: He has an entry in Wikipedia.

Season Report Card (Player Grades):

(F) Level of expectations met during the season.

(F) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(Inc) Contributions to team during the playoffs.

Overall Grade: F

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  • Thegreatreynoldo

    I can’t even nitpick! Yep to everything.

  • croatpackfan

    It is hard to say that of any player, but this was right in the center…

  • Since ’61

    Chuck him! Thanks, Since ’61

  • Big T

    Maybe he would play better if TT would pay him the big bucks. Oh wait TT already tried that with Brad Jones. Did that work out???

  • Nick Perry

    It’s hard to understand he was part of the team at midseason still. The guy just isn’t good enough and to bring him in on goal line situations when they know he can’t block is kinda funny on it’s own.

    • Savage57

      Agree. Just invites another defender into the box so that the whiff block has more negative impact.

      Camp meat, then the streets.

    • Ed schoenfeld

      Taylor stayed on the team past mid-season because they used Tretter coming back to cut Sherrod, and none of the O-linemen on the practice squad were better. (The one who had a legitimate chance, Aaron Adams, went on injured reserve during the pre-season.)

      I’m looking for 2 draft picks on the O-Line. Nothing spectacular, just mid to late round guys who might develop. It’s time to re-stock the backups at a higher talent level than typically makes it to undrafted free agency.

      • http://allgbp.com/ Thegreatreynoldo

        I agree with the sentiment, but I am already looking for 2 ILBs, a DL, a CB or OT, in the 1st 5 rounds. I think there might be a WR or RB too tempting for TT in those mid rounds as well. There is some depth at OT, but not looking for an interior guy, so I am guessing the OT would have to be in the first 3 or 4 rounds. FA/re-signings, combine, and how the draft falls will dictate things, and TT will have to earn his money.