Seahawks “edge rusher” Darrell Taylor
What has happened to Darrell Taylor? He was a second-round draft pick with great promise who missed his rookie year of 2020 recovering from a leg injury he suffered in college. But in 2021 he started the season fantastically with 4 sacks in 5 games and finished with 6.5 for the season. 2021 was basically his rookie season so expectations were high for Taylor in 2022 and that he would be one of the key pieces of a sustained Seahawks pass rush.
He has failed. This year, Taylor has 1 sack (he managed to be credited with one in Week 3 against the Falcons) but just 7 tackles. He has 3 quarterback hits but 2 of those came in Week 1. Taylor has been atrocious against the run this year earning a grade of 38.4 from PFF. He is currently graded overall at 108 among edge rushers in the NFL. If you are keeping score, that is 2nd-from-worst in the league.
Taylor has even been basically demoted in Seattle. After getting consistently run over in the first three games, the Seahawks took some of his snaps away and gave them to rookie Boye Mafe. Mafe started in Week 5 and managed a quarterback hit. Mafe is raw and still has a lot to learn but he already seems better than Taylor.
Taylor simply can’t be trusted on the field. He is a liability against the run, can’t cover well and his one specialty should be pass rushing but he doesn’t do that well either this season. Taylor managed to have his best game against the run against the Saints but his worst against the pass. Seattle needed Taylor to be good this year and he hasn’t been.