Patrick Taylor: San Francisco 49ers Bolster Running Back Corps with Signing from Green Bay Packers Reserves

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The 49ers gained running back depth with former Packers backup Patrick Taylor.

Taylor enters a room that is already filled with many others, with the potential to become a valuable asset and earn a more significant role during the offseason.

Taylor joined the Packers as an undrafted signee from Memphis in 2020. Following two exceptional seasons with the Tigers, during which he accumulated a total of 1,988 rushing yards and scored 29 touchdowns, Taylor unfortunately had to sit out the latter part of his senior year due to a foot injury.

Green Bay took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent, and he spent his whole rookie season on the reserve/non-football injury list until joining the practice squad in 2021.

Patrick Taylor’s NFL Career Since Debut

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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 17: Running Back Patrick Taylor #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball as linebacker Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pursues during the second half of an NFL football game at Lambeau Field on December 17, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Buccaneers beat the Packers 34-20.

In his sophomore season, Taylor was elevated to the active roster in November to make his NFL debut, participating in nine games and rushing for 89 yards and one score. In the two years since, he has appeared in 15 games and rushed for 172 yards.

He did not spend the entire 2023 season in Green Bay, however. After signing Taylor to their active roster in October, the Packers dismissed him.

The Patriots signed Taylor as a free agent to their practice squad. 

Green Bay decided to bring him back, signing him from New England’s training squad to their active roster, where he would spend the rest of the season.

Clash of Running Backs: Taylor vs. McCaffrey in SF

Taylor arrives in San Francisco to find the NFL’s highest-paid running back, Christian McCaffrey, already in the room. 

Elijah Mitchell as well as Jordan Mason both handled backup duties fairly evenly in 2023, but Mitchell missed several games due to injury, and both are expected to return.

Taylor has more receiving experience, but McCaffrey is also good at it.

So Taylor has some competition ahead of him. He’ll try to earn his way onto the roster and, if necessary, may be kept on hand in case Mitchell or others miss any additional time.

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