Titans WR Taywan Taylor striving to be 'best I can be'

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  • By Grant Gordon NFL.com
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There's plenty of promise to be found within the ranks of the Tennessee Titans wide receiver corps.

Much is expected of free-agent signee Adam Humphries along with speedy second-round rookie A.J. Brown. Corey Davis is still vying to live up to the expectations of his fifth-overall selection in 2017 and Tajae Sharpe is a steady if not overlooked starting presence returning to the fold.

But don't forget about Taywan Taylor, who's on track to get more chances and maintain his improvement heading into Year 3.

"I have to keep getting better to be the best I can be," Taylor said via team reporter Jim Wyatt.

A rather ho-hum season was had by Taylor in 2018 at first glance. However, if you compare it to his rookie campaign, it's abundantly evident that when given more opportunity, Taylor rewarded the Titans with more production.

In 2017, the third-round pick out of Western Kentucky was targeted 28 times in 16 games and produced 16 receptions for 231 yards. Those statistics more than doubled in his second year with Taylor tallying 37 catches for 466 yards receiving on 56 targets in 13 games.

Steadfast on continuing his ascent, Taylor has the right mindset heading into training camp.

"Coach [Mike] Vrabel and [receivers coach] Rob Moore emphasize: There's no point in being out here if you're just going through the motions," Taylor said. "Everybody's days are numbered in the NFL, and we are all thankful to be out here. I don't want to be complacent."

Complacency hardly seems to be a problem for the 24-year-old wideout, who has garnered praise from his coaching staff that could lead to more chances.

"I think Tay has done a solid job for us," Moore said. "Honestly, I just think we need to give him more opportunities. Give him more opportunities to showcase what he can do and I think he'll take advantage of his opportunities."

Taylor's 466 yards receiving were second-best on the run-heavy Titans and his 37 catches for third (second among receivers). He's clearly become a known commodity within the Tennessee roster, but the additions of Humphries and Brown will no doubt test that.

Still, furtherance of his game is the foremost goal.

"Every day I am critiquing myself, and coach says you have to be the best critic of yourself as possible - that's where it starts," Taylor said. "Every day is an opportunity to get better. You want to key in on what you have to get better at because we can all get better at something.

"For myself, I want to get better at everything."

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