Jamar Taylor

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Jamar Taylor
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Taylor with the Cleveland Browns in 2017
No. 21 – Cleveland Browns
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1990-09-29) September 29, 1990 (age 27)
San Diego, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: La Mesa (CA) Helix
College: Boise State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-MWC (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 201
Pass deflections: 27
Interceptions: 3
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Jamar Taylor (born September 29, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Boise State.

Early years

Taylor was born in San Diego, California. He attended Helix High School in La Mesa, California, and played high school football for the Helix Highlanders.

College career

Taylor attended the Boise State University, where he played for the Boise State Broncos football team from 2008 to 2012. During his college career, he had 132 tackles, seven interceptions and four sacks. As a senior in 2012, he was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) selection.[1]

Taylor was also a track and field athlete for Boise State, and recorded a personal best in the 100 meters of 10.72 seconds in 2012.

Professional career

Coming out of Boise State, Taylor was projected to be a first or second round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. On March 21, 2013, he participated at Boise State's pro day and opted to perform only positional drills. He was ranked the fourth best cornerback prospect in the draft by Sports Illustrated, the fifth best cornerback by NFLDraftScout.com, and the sixth best cornerback by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[2][3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
192 lb
(87 kg)
30 34 in
(0.78 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.39 s 1.53 s 2.57 s 4.06 s 6.82 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins selected Taylor in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[5] He was one of three defensive backs selected by the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft, along with Will Davis (third round) and Don Jones (seventh round).


On June 13, 2013, the Miami Dolphins signed him to a four-year, $3.62 million contract with $2 million guaranteed.[6][7]

Taylor competed with Will Davis, Richard Marshall, and Nolan Carroll for the second cornerback job on the Dolphins' depth chart throughout training camp.[8] Head coach Joe Philbin named him the Miami Dolphins' sixth cornerback on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Brent Grimes, Nolan Carroll, Will Davis, R. J. Stanford, and Dimitri Patterson.[9]

On September 30, 2013, he made his professional regular season debut during a 17-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints and made one tackle. He played in nine games his rookie year finishing with three total tackles.[10]


He returned in 2014 and competed with Will Davis, Walt Aikens, Jalil Brown, Kevin Fogg, and Steven Clarke for the third cornerback position.[11] Taylor was named the Dolphins' third cornerback on their depth chart to begin the 2014 season behind Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan.[12]

On November 13, 2014, Taylor earned his first career start after Cortland Finnegan was unable to play after sustaining an ankle injury the game prior.[13] He finished the 22-9 win against the Buffalo Bills with a season-high seven solo tackles. The next game, he earned six solo tackles in a 36-39 loss to the Denver Broncos and suffered a dislocated shoulder during the game that sidelined him for the next three games.[14] On December 23, 2014, he was placed on injured/reserve.[15] He finished the season with 31 combined tackles (30 solo) in 12 games and three starts.[16]


He attended training camp in 2015 and competed with Will Davis, Brice McCain, Bobby McCain, and Zack Bowman for the second cornerback job left vacant by the retirement of Cortland Finnegan.[17] Taylor started the regular season behind Brent Grimes, Brice McCain, and Zack Bowman on the Dolphins' depth chart.

In the Miami Dolphins' season-opening 17-10 victory over the Washington Redskins and recorded a season-high nine combined tackles and made his first career pass deflection. On October 25, he earned his first start of the season aftee Brice McCain was sidelined with a knee injury he suffered the previous week.[18] Taylor finished the 44-26 victory over the Houston Texans with seven combined tackles and a pass deflection. He started Weeks 7-12 and was a healthy scratch for four of the last five games of the season after struggling. Interim head coach Dan Campbell replaced Taylor on the active roster with Tony Lippett.[19] He played in 12 games with six starts finishing the year with 48 tackles (35 solo), four pass deflections, and a fumble recovery.[10]

Cleveland Browns

On April 30, 2016, Taylor was traded to the Cleveland Browns along with a seventh round pick (250th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Browns' seventh round pick (223rd overall) in the same draft. The Dolphins used the selection to draft quarterback Brandon Doughty.[20]


He attended the Cleveland Browns' training camp and competed with Tramon Williams, K'Waun Williams, Pierre Desir, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Justin Gilbert for the second starting cornerback job.[21] Head coach Hue Jackson named Taylor one of the Browns' starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season, alongside Joe Haden.[22]

He started the Browns' 10-29 season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, finishing with five solo tackles. On September 25, 2016, Taylor recorded a solo tackle, defended a pass, and made the first interception of his career, intercepting Miami Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill in a 24-30 overtime loss.[23] The following game, he collected a season-high seven combined tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted a pass from Kirk Cousins in a 20-31 loss to the Washington Redskins.[24] In Week 16, he made five combined tackles, deflected three passes, and intercepted Philip Rivers as. the Browns earned their first win of the season during a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers.[25] Through the his first 11 games and 10 starts as a Brown, Taylor has set career highs with two interceptions and eight passes defended. He finiahed his first season in Cleveland with a career-high 57 combined tackles (46 solo), career-high 13 pass deflections, and a career-high three interceptions in 14 starts and 15 games.[10]

On December 10, 2016, the Cleveland Browns signed Taylor to a three-year, $16.5 million contract extension with $5.5 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3 million.[6][26][27]


The Cleveland Browns named Taylor their starting cornerback to begin the regular season, alongside Jason McCourty.[28]

During a Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, he recorded a career-high nine combined tackles.[10]


  1. ^ Mountain West Announces 2012 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors
  2. ^ Chris Burke (March 26, 2013). "2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Defense". si.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mike Mayock (April 21, 2013). "2013 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock's top 100 prospects". NFL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Jamar Taylor". NFL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kent, Andy (April 26, 2013). "Boise State CB Jamar Taylor Taken By Miami In Second Round". MiamiDolphins.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Spotrac.com: Jamar Taylor contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Kevin Nogle (May 30, 2013). "Report: Dolphins sign Jamar Taylor". thephinsider.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ourlads.com: Miami Dolphins' depth chart: 7/02/2013". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Ourlads.com: Miami Dolphins' depth chart: 09/05/2013". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d Cite error: The named reference NFL was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  11. ^ "Ourlads.com: Miami Dolphins' depth chart: 08/01/2014". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ourlads.com: Miami Dolphins' depth chart: 10/01/2014". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  13. ^ Adam Beasley (December 9, 2014). "Dolphins' Cortland Finnegan ready to return from injury, might retire after season". miamiherald.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  14. ^ Andrew Abramson (November 14, 2014). "Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor out about three weeks; Philbin repeatedly takes blame for Broncos loss". dailydolphin.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ Mello, Igor (December 23, 2014). "Dolphins place OL Nate Garner, CB Jamar Taylor on IR". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Jamar Taylor". NFL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Ourlads.com: Miami Dolphins' depth chart: 08/01/2015". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  18. ^ Arun Srinivasan. "Dolphins' Brice McCain leaves game vs. Titans with knee injury". thescore.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  19. ^ Andrew Abramson (December 6, 2015). "Dolphins' Jamar Taylor goes from starter to inactive". dailydolphin.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  20. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 30, 2016). "Browns swing trade for Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor". NFL.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ourlads.com: Cleveland Browns' depth chart: 08/01/2016". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Ourlads.com: Cleveland Browns' depth chart: 10/01/2016". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  23. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 3-2016: Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins". NFL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  24. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 4-2016: Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins". NFL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  25. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 16-2016: San Diego Chargers @ Cleveland Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Browns sign DB Jamar Taylor to contract extension". ClevelandBrowns.com. December 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (December 10, 2016). "Browns sign CB Jamar Taylor to 3-year, $15M extension". NFL.com. 
  28. ^ "Ourlads.com: Cleveland Browns' depth chart: 10/01/2017". ourlads.com. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 

External links

  • Miami Dolphins bio
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