Devin Taylor
DE #97
Height:
6-8
Weight:
275
College:
South Carolina
Hometown:
Seabrook, SC
Experience:
5

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 4th-round (132nd pick overall) draft choice by the Detroit Lions in 2013…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on May 25, 2017.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    In 4 seasons with Detroit, Taylor played in 61 regular-season games with 18 starts, and in 2 postseason games with 1 start…Career totals include 92 tackles (69 solo), 15.0 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in the regular season, and 5 tackles (3 solo) in the postseason.
-    In 2016, started all 16 regular-season games and the NFC Wild Card Game at defensive end…Finished the season with 28 tackles (21 solo), including 4.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble…Recorded 6 tackles (4 solo) at Indianapolis (9/11)…Contributed 7 tackles (4 solo), including 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for losses, vs. Tennessee (9/18)…Gave the Lions their first points when he tackled Demarco Murray in the end zone for a safety…Had 3 solo tackles, including a 6-yard sack of Carson Wentz, vs. Philadelphia (10/9)…Finished with 2 solo tackles, sacked Case Keenum for a 10-yard loss, and forced a fumble vs. Los Angeles (10/16). Also recorded 2 solo tackles, 1 quarterback hit and his 3rd-career pass defensed…Registered 2 solo tackles vs. Washington (10/23)…Sacked Drew Brees for a 7-yard loss at New Orleans (12/4)…Recorded 5 tackles (2 solo) in the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7).
-    In 2015, played in 15 games…Inactive at Minnesota (9/20)…Finished with career-high totals of 35 tackles (28 solo) and 7.0 sacks, plus 1 pass defensed, and 1 forced fumble…Taylor and teammate Ezekiel Ansah (14.5) combined for 21.5 sacks, the first pair of Lions teammates to combine for 20+ sacks since Robert Porcher (15.0) and Tracy Scroggins (8.5) together recorded 23.5 in 1999…Had 4 tackles (2 solo) at San Diego (9/13)…Registered 2 tackles and 1.0 sack for 11 yards vs. Denver (9/27)…Tallied 3 tackles (1 solo) and a half-sack at Seattle (10/5)…Posted 4 tackles (1 solo), including a 7-yard sack of Alex Smith, vs. Kansas City in London (11/1)…Collected 4 tackles (3 solo), and a half-sack vs. Philadelphia (11/22)…Netted a career-high 2.0 sacks for 18 yards among his 3 solo tackles and forced a fumble vs. Green Bay (12/2)…Had 3 tackles, including 1.0 sack, vs. San Francisco (12/27)…Sacked Jay Cutler at Chicago (1/3).
-    In 2014, played in all 16 games as a substitute defensive end…Finished with 15 tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sack, and 1 pass defensed….Recorded 4 tackles, including 1 for loss, at Carolina (9/14)…Registered 2 tackles vs. Miami (11/09)…Tallied 2 tackles, including 1.0 sack, vs. Minnesota (12/14).
-    As a rookie in 2013, played in 14 games with 2 starts and finished with 14 tackles (9 solo), 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed, and 2 forced fumbles…Made his NFL debut at Arizona (9/15)…Posted 2 solo tackles at Green Bay (10/6)…Registered 3 tackles (2 solo), including his first career sack, a 14-yard takedown of Brandon Weeden, at Cleveland (10/13)…Tallied 2 tackles (1 solo), including 1 tackle for loss, vs. Cincinnati (10/20)…Made his first career start at Chicago (11/10), and his 2nd at Pittsburgh (11/17)…Had his best game of the season on Thanksgiving Day, racking up 1.5 sacks (forcing a fumble on 1, and finishing with 3 tackles (2 solo) vs. Green Bay (11/28)…Posted 1 solo tackle for loss and 1 pass defensed vs. the Giants (12/22).

COLLEGE:
-    Played in 52 games with 45 starts at strongside defensive end at South Carolina…Started the final 40 games of his career…Totaled 161 tackles (107 solo), including 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 16 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) at strong-side defensive end…In 2012, started all 13 games and was named All-Southeastern Conference 3rd Team after finishing with 45 tackles (27 solo), 3.0 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 6 passes defensed.

PERSONAL:
-    Graduated from South Carolina with a degree in integrated information…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 10.0 sacks and 19 tackles for losses…Earned AP First-Team All-State honors…Also lettered in basketball and track and field where as a senior, he won the Class 4A state title in triple jump with a leap of 48 feet, 3 inches.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 4th-round (132nd pick overall) draft choice by the Detroit Lions in 2013…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on May 25, 2017.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    In 4 seasons with Detroit, Taylor played in 61 regular-season games with 18 starts, and in 2 postseason games with 1 start…Career totals include 92 tackles (69 solo), 15.0 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in the regular season, and 5 tackles (3 solo) in the postseason.
-    In 2016, started all 16 regular-season games and the NFC Wild Card Game at defensive end…Finished the season with 28 tackles (21 solo), including 4.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble…Recorded 6 tackles (4 solo) at Indianapolis (9/11)…Contributed 7 tackles (4 solo), including 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for losses, vs. Tennessee (9/18)…Gave the Lions their first points when he tackled Demarco Murray in the end zone for a safety…Had 3 solo tackles, including a 6-yard sack of Carson Wentz, vs. Philadelphia (10/9)…Finished with 2 solo tackles, sacked Case Keenum for a 10-yard loss, and forced a fumble vs. Los Angeles (10/16). Also recorded 2 solo tackles, 1 quarterback hit and his 3rd-career pass defensed…Registered 2 solo tackles vs. Washington (10/23)…Sacked Drew Brees for a 7-yard loss at New Orleans (12/4)…Recorded 5 tackles (2 solo) in the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7).
-    In 2015, played in 15 games…Inactive at Minnesota (9/20)…Finished with career-high totals of 35 tackles (28 solo) and 7.0 sacks, plus 1 pass defensed, and 1 forced fumble…Taylor and teammate Ezekiel Ansah (14.5) combined for 21.5 sacks, the first pair of Lions teammates to combine for 20+ sacks since Robert Porcher (15.0) and Tracy Scroggins (8.5) together recorded 23.5 in 1999…Had 4 tackles (2 solo) at San Diego (9/13)…Registered 2 tackles and 1.0 sack for 11 yards vs. Denver (9/27)…Tallied 3 tackles (1 solo) and a half-sack at Seattle (10/5)…Posted 4 tackles (1 solo), including a 7-yard sack of Alex Smith, vs. Kansas City in London (11/1)…Collected 4 tackles (3 solo), and a half-sack vs. Philadelphia (11/22)…Netted a career-high 2.0 sacks for 18 yards among his 3 solo tackles and forced a fumble vs. Green Bay (12/2)…Had 3 tackles, including 1.0 sack, vs. San Francisco (12/27)…Sacked Jay Cutler at Chicago (1/3).
-    In 2014, played in all 16 games as a substitute defensive end…Finished with 15 tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sack, and 1 pass defensed….Recorded 4 tackles, including 1 for loss, at Carolina (9/14)…Registered 2 tackles vs. Miami (11/09)…Tallied 2 tackles, including 1.0 sack, vs. Minnesota (12/14).
-    As a rookie in 2013, played in 14 games with 2 starts and finished with 14 tackles (9 solo), 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed, and 2 forced fumbles…Made his NFL debut at Arizona (9/15)…Posted 2 solo tackles at Green Bay (10/6)…Registered 3 tackles (2 solo), including his first career sack, a 14-yard takedown of Brandon Weeden, at Cleveland (10/13)…Tallied 2 tackles (1 solo), including 1 tackle for loss, vs. Cincinnati (10/20)…Made his first career start at Chicago (11/10), and his 2nd at Pittsburgh (11/17)…Had his best game of the season on Thanksgiving Day, racking up 1.5 sacks (forcing a fumble on 1, and finishing with 3 tackles (2 solo) vs. Green Bay (11/28)…Posted 1 solo tackle for loss and 1 pass defensed vs. the Giants (12/22).

COLLEGE:
-    Played in 52 games with 45 starts at strongside defensive end at South Carolina…Started the final 40 games of his career…Totaled 161 tackles (107 solo), including 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 16 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) at strong-side defensive end…In 2012, started all 13 games and was named All-Southeastern Conference 3rd Team after finishing with 45 tackles (27 solo), 3.0 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 6 passes defensed.

PERSONAL:
-    Graduated from South Carolina with a degree in integrated information…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 10.0 sacks and 19 tackles for losses…Earned AP First-Team All-State honors…Also lettered in basketball and track and field where as a senior, he won the Class 4A state title in triple jump with a leap of 48 feet, 3 inches.
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 63 93 69 24 15 1 3 0 0 0 -- 0
2017 NYG 2 1 0 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016 DET 16 28 21 7 4.5 1 1 -- -- -- -- --
2015 DET 15 35 28 7 7 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2014 DET 16 15 11 4 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 DET 14 14 9 5 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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