The former Hamilton Husky and ASU standout has been working hard to make an NFL depth chart the last couple seasons since leaving Tempe and this training camp is his best opportunity to do so thus far.
Going into camp, Arians mentioned that Taylor was in the best position for that number four wide receiver spot after Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts. But after sustaining an injury at the beginning of camp keeping him out of the Cardinals fist preseason game against the Packers, it set him back.
But Taylor returned to the field in preseason game number two and found a groove with Cardinals back-up quarterback Drew Stanton in the second quarter. He finished the game with four catches on six targets for 85 yards and had a possible touchdown go right through his finger tips.
“I knew there were four preseason games and it stunk missing the first one but I knew if I came back and had a strong showing today it would make up for it,” Taylor said Saturday after the game.”
“Kerry had a good week of practice too,” head coach Bruce Arians added. “It was good to see him back out there because he missed last week and it hurt him too. Those four, five and six spots (at wide receiver) are still up for grabs.”
It was important for Taylor to make up for it and make a statement in his first action of the preseason because in his eyes it helped further his cause in being on this Arizona Cardinals depth chart.
“I feel good right now,” Taylor mentioned. “But there is still two weeks to go. One week you can be great and the next week you can be horrible so I just need to keep working and doing what I got to do, be consistent and make plays.”
Since it was Taylor’s first action in front of fans and first game action in front of his teammates and coaches, he felt it was a good representation of what he can do on the football field when given the opportunity.
“I feel like I got a lot of opportunities today to make plays and I feel like I did that,” Taylor explained. “Hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Taylor seems to be in could position to land on the Cardinals 53 man roster once camp breaks but is not letting the opportunity slip through his fingers and will look to build off his great performance as camp resumes next week.