Buffalo Bills UDFA Profile: Penn State safety Garrett Taylor
We take a closer look at Buffalo Bills undrafted free agent signing, safety Garrett Taylor, and how he might fit in this defense.
The Buffalo Bills signed two safeties in their undrafted free agent class with Josh Thomas out of Appalachian State and Garrett Taylor out of Penn State. Both of these players are going to be joining a position with established starters in Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, who form one of the best safety duos in the NFL.
The path for both of these will likely be on special teams and as backups. Let’s take a closer look at Garrett Taylor in this UDFA profile.
College: Penn State University
Weight: 198 pounds
Taylor’s last two seasons with the Nittany Lions were very productive with 155 total tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions and nine passes defended along with one defensive touchdown. He also was a leader for this defense being named team captain this past season to go along with excelling off the football field by being selected Academic All-Big-Ten all four years at Penn State.
How does he fit on the Buffalo Bills?
Fortunately we don’t need to do much guessing here as Garrett Taylor provided some insight into how the Buffalo Bills envision Taylor fitting into this defense. In a recent interview, Taylor said the Bills safeties coach had been in contact with him a lot leading up to the NFL Draft.
The team clearly did their homework on the Penn State safety and Taylor said their system is a good fit for his skill set. He mentioned that the coaches told him they expect him to play the role that Jordan Poyer does.
This is certainly interesting to hear considering the Bills do have their starters set but the depth behind them is certainly up for grabs. The team has players like Dean Marlowe and last year’s sixth round pick Jaquan Johnson but if Taylor has a good performance leading up to the 2020 season he could sneak on the 53-man roster.