PLAYER
Devin Taylor
DE #98
Height:
6-7
Weight:
275
Age:
27
College:
South Carolina
Hometown:
Beaufort, SC
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
24
SCK
3.5
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 88 66 22 14.0 1 3 0 0 -- 0 0 4 0
2016 DET 11 11 24 18 6 3.5 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 DET 15 0 35 28 7 7.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2014 DET 16 0 15 11 4 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 DET 14 2 14 9 5 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @IND W 39-35 6 4 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 TEN L 15-16 7 4 3 1.5 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @GB L 27-34 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @CHI L 14-17 -- 0 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 PHI W 24-23 3 3 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 LA W 31-28 2 2 0 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
7 WAS W 20-17 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @HOU L 13-20 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @MIN W 22-16 -- 0 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 JAX W 26-19 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 MIN W 16-13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

A fourth-round pick (132nd overall) in 2013, Taylor is a lengthy defensive end who rotated into the Lions’ stout defensive line as a rookie and has continued to produce under Lions Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

PRO
A fourth-round pick (132nd overall) in 2013, Taylor is a lengthy defensive end who rotated into the Lions’ stout defensive line as a rookie and has continued to produce under Lions Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek.

  • With one sack by DE Ezekiel Ansah (14.5) and one by Taylor (7.0) in the 2015 finale at Chicago (1/3/16), together they accumulated over 20 sacks on the season (21.5). They became the first pair of Lions teammates to combine for 20+ sacks since DE Robert Porcher (15.0) and DE Tracy Scroggins (8.5) together recorded 23.5 in 1999. This marks the sixth time since 1982 that a pair of Lions teammates combined for 20+ sacks.

2015: Finished his third NFL season with a career-high seven sacks to go along with 35 total tackles (28 solo), one pass defense and one forced fumble. His seven sacks ranked second on the team behind DE Ezekiel Ansah (14.5).

  • Recorded four total tackles (two solo) in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).
  • Inactive in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Was a key contributor to the defensive line attack in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27). Notched two tackles and one sack for 11 yards. Also posted a tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.
  • In Week 4 at Seattle (10/5), notched three tackles (one solo) and split a sack with DE Jason Jones for a combined 5.5 yards. Under the Monday Night lights, bolstered a defensive line that put up 14 tackles and 4.5 sacks for a combined 23.5 yards.
  • Saw action at DE in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • Collected two tackles in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18).
  • Registered four total tackles in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Posted four tackles (one solo) in the International Series contest at Kansas City (11/1). Also sacked Kansas City QB Alex Smith for a seven-yard loss. Finished the day with two tackles for loss, one pass defense and one quarterback.
  • Saw action at DE in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/5). Was a part of a defensive front the sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers three times and allowed only 47 rushing yards.
  • Saw action at DE in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22) and was an active contributor on the defensive line.
  • Contributed at DE in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/22) and tied a single-game high with four tackles (one assist). Added 0.5 sacks and two quarterback hits on the day.
  • Had a breakout performance in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/2). Netted a career-high 2.0 sacks for 18 yards along with three solo tackles and snagged his first forced fumble of the season and third of his career.
  • Saw action at DE in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13) and notched one tackle.
  • Contributed at DE in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21). Posted one tackle for loss on the day.
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27), notched three tackles, one tackle for loss and 1.0 sack for 12 yards. Taylor’s tackle for loss and sack came on back-to-back plays for a combined 15 yards and halted the 49ers offensive drive. Also, recorded one quarterback hit in the game.
  • In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), posted yet another sack on the year when he took down Bears QB Jay Cutler to notch his seventh sack of the season.
  • In the finale, Taylor’s sack along with DE Ezekiel Ansah’s sack marked the first pair of Lions teammates to combine for 20+ sacks since DE Robert Porcher (15.0) and DE Tracy Scroggins (8.5) together recorded 23.5 in 1999. This marks the sixth time since 1982 that a pair of Lions teammates combined for 20+ sacks.

2014: Contributed at defensive end in a rotational role along the defensive line, finishing his second NFL season with 15 total tackles (11 solo), one sack (two yards) and one pass defense.

  • Recorded a quarterback hit in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Recorded four tackles, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Registered one tackle in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Posted one tackle in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Deflected one pass that led to a LB Tahir Whitehead interception in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Registered two tackles and a quarterback hit in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Posted two tackles in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Recorded two tackles (one for loss), one sack and one quarterback hit in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Posted one tackle in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).

2013: Played in 14 games (two starts) in his rookie season, tallying 14 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 sacks (18.5 yards), one pass defense and two forced fumbles. Combined with fellow rookie DE Ezekiel Ansah to form one of the best rookie defensive end combinations in the NFL in 2013.

  • Made his rookie debut in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Inactive in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Recorded a quarterback hit in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Posted two solo tackles in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Registered three tackles (two solo), one sack (14 yards) and one forced fumble in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • Posted two tackles (one solo), including one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Registered one solo tackle in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27). Drew a crucial holding penalty late in the fourth quarter that stopped the clock and gave QB Matthew Stafford enough time to engineer an 80-yard game-winning touchdown drive.
  • Started his first game and had one quarterback hit in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Started his second consecutive game at defensive end in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Had his best game of the season on Thanksgiving Day, racking up 1.5 sacks (six yards), one of which forced a fumble, three tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Assisted on a tackle and had one quarterback hit in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Posted one solo tackle for loss and a pass defense in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).

COLLEGE
Powerful defensive end with great length that started 45-of-52 games at South Carolina, including the final 40 games of his career. Recorded 161 tackles (107 solo), including 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 16 pass defenses and two interceptions (both returned for a touchdown) at strong-side defensive end.

2012: Named All-Southeastern Conference Third Team as he started all 13 games for the Gamecocks, extending his impressive string to 40 consecutive assignments with the first unit. Posted 45 tackles (27 solo), three sacks, one fumble recovery and six pass defenses.

  • Part of a defensive that finished 11th in the nation in total defense (315.54 ypg) as the unit recorded a total of 40 sacks on the season.
  • Had a pair of tackles for loss vs. Alabama-Birmingham.
  • Combined for 1.5 sacks in a win at Kentucky.
  • Added a season-best eight tackles vs. Wofford.
  • Teamed up with fellow DE Jadeveon Clowney for a sack at Clemson.

2011: Earned Associated Press honorable-mention All-SEC accolades, starting all 13 games at defensive end. Finished the season with 42 tackles (31 solo), including 8.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, two pass defenses and one interception as a member of a defense that ranked third in the nation in total defense (267.69 ypg).

  • Had a season-high nine tackles in a win over Navy.
  • Posted a nine-yard sack vs. Vanderbilt and added three sacks in three consecutive games vs. Mississippi State, Tennessee and Arkansas. Also returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown vs. Arkansas).
  • Registered one sack in the regular season finale vs. Clemson.
  • Was in on two tackles for loss, including a sack among his five stops in the Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

2010: Received first-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press, Phil Steele and Rivals.com, along with picking up second-team accolades from the league’s coaches. Started all 14 games as he recorded 46 tackles (33 solo) to lead the Gamecocks defensive linemen and also led the team and ranked eighth in the SEC with 13 tackles for loss. Finished the season with 7.5 sacks and eight pass defenses.

  • Recorded five tackles in the season-opener vs. Southern Mississippi.
  • Racked up two sacks and three tackles for loss in a win over Georgia.
  • Delivered five tackles and one sack vs. Kentucky.
  • Scored his first career touchdown vs. Tennessee with a 24-yard interception return and also recovered two Volunteer fumbles, earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades.
  • Logged a season-high seven stops in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl vs. Florida State.

2009: Started South Carolina’s first five games before splitting time at defensive end with Clifton Geathers, earning third-team Freshman All-American honors by CollegeFootballNews.com and Freshman All-SEC performer from the league’s coaches. Played in 12 of the team’s 13 games, finishing the season with 28 tackles (16 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles.

  • Made his first career start in the Gamecocks’ 7-3 win at North Carolina State. On his first snap from scrimmage, he forced a fumble which led to the game’s only touchdown and later blocked a punt on NC State’s second possession. Earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.
  • Had four tackles each vs. South Carolina and Tennessee.

2008: Red-shirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Beaufort (S.C.) High School where he helped lead his team to the Class 4A state championship game his senior year. As a senior, recorded 110 tackles with 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and received Associated Press First Team All-State honors.

  • Also lettered in basketball and track & field where as a senior, he won the class 4A state title in triple jump with a leap of 48 feet 3 inches.
  • Graduated from South Carolina with a degree in Integrated Information Technology.
  • Wears several thin wrist bands, each one representing a different life event.
  • Son of Sylvia Cuyler and Larry Taylor.

TAYLOR’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 4 (six times) Last at Chi 1/3/16
  • Sacks: 2.0 vs. GB 12/3/15
  • Sack Yards: 18 vs. GB 12/3/15
  • Forced Fumbles: 1 (three times) Last vs. GB 12/3/15
  • Pass Defenses: 1 (twice) Last at KC 11/1/15

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Taylor on Texans' offense

    Posted Oct 30, 2016

    DE Devin Taylor discusses the late-game success of the Texans' run game as well as the Lions' pass rush in the Week 8 loss to the Texans.

  • Lions' Halloween costumes

    Posted Oct 28, 2016

    Watch Lions players describe some of their latest and favorite costumes for Halloween.

  • Taylor on importance of win

    Posted Oct 9, 2016

    DE Devin Taylor talks about how important the Week 5 victory was and the importance of the pass rush in securing the game's final turnover.

  • Taylor on struggling pass rush

    Posted Oct 3, 2016

    DE Devin Taylor talks about why the pass rush has struggled and how Ezekiel Ansah's absence has effected the defensive line.

  • Taylor on first half defensive struggles

    Posted Sep 25, 2016

    DE Devin Taylor talks about why the defense struggled in the first half of the Week 3 loss to the Packers.

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