Green Bay Packers third-string running back Patrick Taylor could be in line to start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Aaron Jones is dealing with a knee injury still and A.J. Dillon is dealing with a broken thumb that he suffered during the 24-22 loss against the New York Giants on Monday night football.
Taylor being the starting running back on Sunday in a big game for the Packers could be very interesting. He rushed for 30 yards on four carries and averaged 7.5 yards per carry and against the Giants on Monday night football. Overall on the season, Patrick Taylor has rushed for 101 yards on 20 carries and zero touchdowns and is averaging 5,1 yards per carry.
He has also caught eight passes for 54 yards receiving and is averaging 6.8 yards per reception. Taylor being the starting running back potentially on Sunday is something that Packers fans did not envision entering this season.
Aaron Jones has been injured for half of the season and this is the first time this season that A.J. Dillon is dealing with an injury for the Packers.
Patrick Taylor Needs To Step Up for the Green Bay Packers Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Taylor has been third on the Packers’ depth chart at the running back position for most of the season. He can finally have his one shining moment for the franchise this weekend. Packers fans and everyone else seemed surprised when A.J. Dillon broke his thumb and it didn’t feel like he did, but he did.
It will be extremely hard for him to play with a broken thumb and it will probably hurt the team more than help the team. Dillon would be prone to fumbling the football if he isn’t able to hold the ball correctly. Patrick Taylor could show some elusiveness and extra juice in the running game.
There are many fantasy football owners who are in the playoffs that are picking up Taylor off the waiver wire this week because of injuries to Jones and Dillon. We will see if Taylor will make his first career NFL start or not on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7). The injury report on Friday will tell everything.