Free-agent defensive end Devin Taylor visiting Giants

Analyst Ryan Smith dives into the career production of former Detroit Lions DE Devin Taylor.

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Free-agent defensive end Devin Taylor visiting Giants


  • Taylor’s PFF grades have never matched up with his sack numbers; in the 2015 season, he recorded nine sacks, but just 36 total QB pressures. Three of those sacks were of the clean-up or unblocked variety.
  • Rushing from both the left (55.7 percent) and right (44.3 percent) sides in 2016, Taylor ranked 89th of 110 edge defenders in pass-rushing productivity (6.5).
  • Most of wins in 2016 came from the outside (13) as opposed to inside (eight), or bullrush (five).

Devin Taylor pass-rushing productivity

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Ryan Smith has been an analyst for Pro Football Focus since 2015. He is featured on the weekly ACC podcast, and is also the Philadelphia Eagles Media Correspondent for PFF.

  • Andre Taylor

    With multiple teams desperate for pass rushers and no one team can ever have enough, i find it strange that no team has made a serious run at Devin Taylor. In 2015 Taylor looked like a budding star with 7.5 sacks, however last year he seem to regress with a heavier work load. At 6ft 7, 275lbs, and still only 27 years old, Taylor still has the potential to be a good solid pass rusher. The Giants have solid depth at the position, although once again you can never have too many pass rushers. To me they would be better served addressing either the O-line or looking for a LB with the resources they have left.

    • Tim Edell

      I doubt they will paying Taylor much money. And their only DE depth is Diggy, who retired for a week, and rookie Avery Moss who does “flash at times”

      • Andre Taylor

        Tim im a bit confused and not sure if your familiar with the Giants roster or rotation, yes they added DE/OLB Avery Moss in the draft. However besides starters DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and DE Olivier Vernon, the Giant’s have several prospects that they are high on. Former 3rd round pick DE Owa Odighizuwa, whom has flashed several times but injuries have hurt his development. Undrafted free agent gem DE Romeo Okwara who started off red hot in injury relief, but tailed off as the season wore on. Along with DE’s Kerry Wynn, and Ishaq Williams, thats why i was a bit surprised that the Giant’s were even looking at Taylor. However it maybe a case where they are looking for a versatile D-Lineman who can play multiple positions, especially after allowing DT Johnathan Hankins to walk during free agency. With All-Pro NT Damon Harrison and rookie DT Dalvin Tomlinson and DT Robert Thomas all being more run-stuffers than pass rushers. With Jay Bromley the only real pass rushing DT on the roster, with his size and strength the Giant’s may slide Taylor inside on 3rd and obvious passing situations. Taylor next to Bromley and or Olivier or Pierre-Paul on 3rd downs, allowing New York to generate pressure without blitzing. Where you got your depth chart from, but the Giant’s defensive line does have depth not including rookie Avery Moss.