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Green Bay signs wide receiver Malik Taylor

Malik Taylor, Packers

The Green Bay Packers signed free agent wide receiver Malik Taylor, the team announced on Friday.

Taylor went undrafted in April out of Ferris State, a Division II school in Grand Rapids, MI. He finished his college career with 121 catches for 2,091 yards, missing most of his senior season due to injury. Taylor first broke out as a junior, earning all-conference honors with 61 catches for 906 yards and six touchdowns. He also occasionally returned kicks at Ferris State.

Taylor signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late April, subsequently participating in the team’s minicamp. He was released two weeks later, then briefly caught on with the Indianapolis Colts before again hitting the open market.

At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Taylor certainly has the combination of size and athleticism necessary to play in the NFL. Participating in Central Michigan’s Pro Day, he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, leaping 36 inches in the vertical jump and 10 feet, six inches in the broad jump.

The Packers fired long-time coach Mike McCarthy in early December, replacing him with first-year coach Matt LaFleur a few weeks later. Considered a quarterback guru of sorts, LaFleur spent last season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. He’d previously been with the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons, where he received widespread credit for the rapid development of Jared Goff and the 2016 MVP campaign of Matt Ryan.

Green Bay, with a healthy Aaron Rodgers and employing LaFleur’s much-hyped scheme, figure to be far more explosive offensively this season. We’ll find out during training camp if Taylor will be a part of the fireworks.

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