Tuesday, May 28, 2019 01:02 PM
Jordan Taylor Comfortable in Helping Offensive Transition
Vikings OTA Practice No. 3
View photos of the Vikings during their third OTA practice on May 23 at TCO Performance Center.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are working on new concepts for the offense and with new faces in the huddle.
Minnesota’s Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski is in his first year at that role, and the Vikings added multiple assistants on that side of the ball.
Although new to the Vikings, Jordan Taylor was able to help the transition during last week’s first three voluntary Organized Team Activity practices.
“I’m familiar with the offense having played for [Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor Gary] Kubiak,” said Taylor, who joined Kubiak’s Broncos an undrafted rookie in 2015 and worked his way up from Denver’s practice squad to play in 2016. “Right now, it’s just a time of getting things on film and knowing the concepts and knowing the offense. With the 1s, they want things to look as clean as possible.”
The 6-foot-5 newcomer with shoulder-length blonde hair ran with the first-team offense on Tuesday and Wednesday opposite Adam Thielen before Stefon Diggs returned to action Thursday.
“I wanted to take advantage of being able to go with the 1s and be able to hone-in on things and try to work on my technique knowing that Diggs was coming back, and I’d get bumped back,” Taylor added. “Which is fine. I knew that coming in. That’s part of knowing your role on the team and embracing it.”
It’s understandable if Taylor isn’t a known commodity to Vikings fans just yet.
He joined the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Rice in the spring of 2015 and helped play a small part in Denver winning Super Bowl 50. Taylor ran routes for quarterback Peyton Manning as the future Hall of Famer rehabbed a foot injury. Manning thanked Taylor by getting him a custom suit before Super Bowl 50.
Taylor played in 26 games in 2016 and 2017, recording 29 total receptions for 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his career.
But he missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing bi-lateral hip surgeries after the 2017 season.
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