Ryan Taylor Fantasy News

Travis Kelce leaves practice with leg injury

Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:35pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce left practice early on Monday because of a leg injury. Kelce walked off on his own power, but the extent of the injury is unknown. Trainer Rick Burkholder said the team will have an update on Kelce’s condition on Tuesday.

In Kelce’s absence Monday, the Chiefs turned to veterans Ryan Taylor and Richard Gordon, rookie James O’Shaughnessy and second-year pro Demetrius Harris, who recently returned to practice after overcoming multiple surgeries and a staph infection on his foot.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelce, 25, is being counted on to lead the tight end group, since veteran Anthony Fasano was released in February. Kelce caught 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014.

Packers TE Richard Rodgers 'held his own' in first start, has 'immense' upside

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 2:43pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Beat writer Tyler Dunne on the Packers' TE situation:

The rookie (Richard Rodgers) drew the start in the first preseason game and held his own. His upside is immense. The Packers have two years invested in (Brandon Bostick), and seem ready to expand his role in the offense. (Ryan Taylor) is a fierce blocker and remains one of Green Bay's top special teams players. The wild card appears to be (Andrew Quarless), who was injured the entire spring and has had a quiet camp. But the Packers have kept four tight ends every year since 2010, and even kept five in 2011. If the Packers don't stray from that philosophy, Quarless should be safe. The controversial Lyerla (knee) will likely receive an injury settlement or end up on the injured list.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers and Bostick offer explosion and playmaking ability in the passing game, while Quarless has experience after starting much of the season last year. Given that he started the first preseason game, it appears that Rodgers has the edge, but Bostick had a nifty catch and run later in the game. Stay tuned.

Packers sign troubled TE Colt Lyerla

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 10:08am

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

After trying out with the Packers during their rookie minicamp this past weekend, the team signed TE Colt Lyerla on Monday.

It's a small risk for Green Bay, which might not have the services of tight end Jermichael Finley, who is injured and a free agent. Because while Lyerla has talent, the 6-foot-4, 242-pounder also has plenty of transgressions in his past.

As CBSSports.com wrote on his draft profile, "[He] abruptly quit the team on Oct. 6, calling his choice to leave the Ducks as a "personal decision." This occurred after missing the Ducks' Sept. 14 game against Tennessee for what Lyerla later called the stomach flu but head coach Mark Helfrich characterized simply as "circumstances." Arrested Oct. 23, 2013 when undercover police discovered inhaling a "white powdery substance" inside a car. Lyerla later admitted the substance was cocaine. This was hardly Lyerla's only run-in with police. He had his driver's license suspended Oct. 11, 2013, after receiving four driving tickets in the previous 24 months."

Lyerla has a long track record of off field issues but as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in February, "I put myself in a position where my back's against the wall, to the point that if I don't do everything perfect and the right way, I won't be able to play football, let alone be successful in any shape or form."

Fantasy Impact:

The signing shows just how desperate the Packers are at tight end. Lyerla joins Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers and Ryan Taylor at the position. Lyerla has a 39" vertical and posted a 4.61 40-yard dash at the Combine.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (illness, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 17.

Thursday, December 26, 2013, 6:21pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (illness) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice.

Brandon Bostick trying to fill Finley's shoes

Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:19am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Brandon Bostick could very well be the Packers' future at tight end given the likelihood that Jermichael Finley will not return to the team next season. Finley suffered a herniated disc in his neck and is recovering from single-level fusion surgery, according to a report.

The Packers also have Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor to fill the void Finley has left, but neither of them has the Finley-like athletic qualities that Bostick does. The 6-3, 255-pound tight end ran faster and jumped higher than Finley coming out of college and has people pondering the limits of his ability.

"I think there's a lot of potential there," receiver James Jones said. "No. 1, he's extremely fast for his position. He has great hands and if he can just get it in his mind that nobody can stop him, and go out there and play the way he plays at practice, he's going to become a great player because he has all the tools."

Bostick has just four catches for 68 yards this season, but his recent contribution has the coaches contemplating how good he can be. At Newberry, he was a dominant receiver and even played one year of basketball. But it took him a year of being on the practice squad and improved special teams play to get him where he is now.

"He has a lot of potential," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "He's gotten better. He has a lot of physical tools to work with. He's doing well; he can do better."

But to get on the field more, Bostick has to block better. It has been the pebble in his shoe since making the switch to tight end, and while he has made a lot of gains, it was obvious against the Giants that when a blocker was needed Quarless or Taylor was called upon.

"He's made the most of his opportunities," tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said. "That's a positive. We still have some things we'd like to clean up and improve, but he's definitely taking a step in the right direction."

Fantasy Impact:

It's doubtful that Bostick suddenly becomes startable this year in redraft leagues, but dynasty/keeper owners should take note. It's very unlikely that Finley will be back at 2014, so the Packers have a large hole at TE.

MNF Injury Report - James Jones QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5:17pm

Bears

OUT
LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), QB Jay Cutler (groin)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Joe Anderson (abdomen)

PROBABLE
LB Blake Costanzo (knee), CB Charles Tillman (knee), S Major Wright (knee)

Packers

OUT
TE Jermichael Finley (neck), LB Clay Matthews (thumb)

DOUBTFUL
LB Nick Perry (foot)

QUESTIONABLE
WR James Jones (knee)

PROBABLE
LB Brad Jones (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (toes), TE Ryan Taylor (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

Jones was limited in practice Thursday through Saturday this week. Some beat reporters said he looked like he was doing everything on Saturday, but in reality it appears to be the dreaded game-time decision for Jones. If you don't have a backup plan, you should probably move on from Jones and go another direction again this week. Jarrett Boykin would lose a little value if Jones plays.

Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:11pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday.

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6:09pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday.

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:15pm

Packers Inactives
Jermichael Finley TE
Brad Jones ILB
James Jones WR
Clay Matthews OLB
James Nixon CB
Nick Perry OLB
Ryan Taylor TE

Fantasy Impact:

RB James Starks is active for Green Bay. He should see some touches behind Eddie Lacy.

Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:59pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (knee) missed practice again Thursday.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:13pm

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (neck) was ruled out for Week 8. Ryan Taylor (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick figure to fill in while Finley is out, which could be for the remainder of the season.

James Jones officially OUT for Packers

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:10pm

Packers Inactives
Casey Hayward CB
Brad Jones ILB
James Jones WR
Clay Matthews OLB
Nick Perry OLB
James Starks RB
Ryan Taylor TE

Fantasy Impact:

Jarrett Boykin & Myles White will fill in for James Jones. Randall Cobb is also out.

Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:10pm

Packers TE Ryan Taylor (knee, out) has been ruled out for Week 7.

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