The Undrafted Chicago Bears Rookie, who refuses to be ignored

The Undrafted Chicago Bears Rookie, who refuses to be ignored

It’s always exciting to see undrafted rookies throughout the early stages of an NFL season. There is always the possibility that they will make the team and become a valuable contributor. Fans of the Chicago Bears enjoy stories like this. It’s why they backed Bryce Callahan, Roy Robertson-Harris, and Sam Mustipher. Underdog stories are fantastic. It appears that another one is brewing down at Halas.

It appears Taylor isn’t done. He’s continued to wreak havoc in different ways. Nicholas Moreano caught one such moment on Wednesday’s practice.

When monitoring practices with enough regularity, it becomes easier to spot when certain names keep popping up. Names you didn’t expect. That guy right now has to be Carson Taylor. The 6’4 defensive end from Northern Arizona had 14.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for a loss in 25 games. His 4.59 speed and 38-inch vertical also drew lots of attention. After a successful tryout with the Bears, they signed him. Then he started beating Teven Jenkins in practice, according to Adam Hoge.

Chicago Bears are likely watching Taylor close right now.
Defensive end feels like a position in flux for them. Much of that is due to the status of Robert Quinn. He has yet to join the team in any capacity, including mandatory minicamps. This has led to speculation that he could be traded at some point soon. If that’s the case, it would be welcome news if somebody like Taylor could step up as a possible depth option. He certainly has enough traits to believe he’s capable of it.


The size is there, as is the athletic potential. As with all undrafted players, it comes down to whether they can handle the jump to the big leagues. Taylor spent his entire college career feasting on opponents that would be in different occupations by the time they graduated. Beating Jenkins without pads is a good start, but it becomes quite different when guys are allowed to start really getting physical. That is why training camp should be interesting to watch for him.

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