Ex-Cat J.J. Taylor has a chance to surprise with New England Patriots

A day after the New England Patriots cut ex-Cat J.J. Taylor, the Patriots decided to bring him on to the 53-man roster where he has a chance to surprise!

Finally, some good news for the Arizona Football program as former Wildcat J.J. Taylor officially made the 53-man roster with the New England Patriots.

Just a day after being cut and signed to the Practice Squad, the Patriots announced that they instead would be bringing up J.J., filling in that final spot, replacing injured running back, Damien Harris.

Certainly great news for him, as he becomes the sixth Wildcat that is currently on an NFL Roster. Additionally, it is great to see J.J. get a much-deserved opportunity, especially after going undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft following a terrific collegiate career.

At 5-feet-6-inches and 185 pounds, J.J. was considered to be the smallest running back in the draft class of 2020, however, as we all know, his game is rather large in stature.

A standout at Arizona from 2016-2019, Taylor appeared in 40 games, totaling 3,263 rushing yards on 587 carries (5.6 average) with 18 touchdowns on 587 carries. Additionally, he did it through the air as well, adding another 487 yards on 62 receptions with five touchdowns.

With New England, at least seeing him get an opportunity is a great thing. And I know I may be a bit biased here, but I feel he provides a lot of value in the Patriots organization, especially given his versatility not only in the running game, but also in the passing game and on special teams as well!

Heck, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, New England head coach was complimentary of J.J. as well. “[He’s] Been competitive…taken advantage of opportunities. RB position is 1 you can see a lot more in live competition, where tackling/blitz pickup become more of a focal point. Will be interesting to see how he plays & get better evaluation of that.”

Pretty strong praise, considering it is coming from one the NFL’s most legendary coaches!

At Zona Zealots, we’re excited for J.J. and can’t wait to see what he can do in Foxborough this season! As always, Bear Down, Arizona!