Upon the release of troubled safety Will Hill, an immediate opportunity presented itself to move up the depth chart ranks for the New York Giants. It's something that wasn't lost on Cooper Taylor, who is entering his second year in the league after being selected in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
"You definitely see the opportunity there. But as the NFL is, it's a competition; it's between me and everyone else other than Antrel and Stevie," Taylor said earlier this offseason. "Everyone else is fighting for the rest of the jobs to get on this roster. Every day you've got to compete, show what you've got and make enough plays in order for the team to keep you here."
And compete, Taylor did. In fact, Taylor stood out quite often during the offseason workout program, making some of the flashiest plays in practice during Organized Team Activities (OTAs). And while his role is still yet to be determined, he did see some first-team reps, has improved on Special Teams and made some impressive strides as the teams heads into training camp.
It was enough to draw significant praise from safeties coach David Merritt, who believes Taylor's ceiling is unlimited.
"Cooper Taylor is another big kid. Cooper hopefully has the ability this year to break in and have the impact for us on special teams if he can stay healthy, which of course was the issue for him last year," Merritt told Inside Football. "The sky’s the limit for this young man. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast, but again Cooper is going to get his chance to shine on the field and in the preseason games, which is going to be really big."
As Stevie Brown works his way back from an ACL tear and with Will Hill now currently unemployed, Taylor is poised to see a lack of action throughout the preseason. If nothing else, he'll be given every opportunity to earn himself some playing time as he competes with Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe and C.J. Barnett for the No. 3 and No. 4 roles.
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