Perseverance, flexibility, and effort have paid off for the New England Patriots’ J.J. Taylor. The undrafted novice running back was promoted to the team’s 53-man lineup on Monday, in addition to fellow rookie Cassh Maluia after the team placed running back Damien Harris and protective take on Beau Allen on hurt reserve.

After some early battles with ball security, Taylor began to show what made him a star with the Arizona Wildcats in college. Regardless of his size (5’5″) Taylor has exceptional strength and total athleticism. He keeps up terrific utilize and his low center of gravity makes it difficult for people to bring him down. He plays similarly to Darren Sproles or a slower, but more physically strong variation of the Chicago Bears’ Tarik Cohen.

Taylor’s potential as a kick returner, which is coincidentally where EA’s Madden 21 places him when you play a game with their latest roster upgrade, makes him even more of a possible possession to the team. Taylor will wear No. 42 for the Patriots, it’s double the number he wore in college. He could not get that number with the Patriots because free-agent signee Adrian Phillips is wearing No. 21.

As of now, with Harris’ hand injury, which could keep him out of action for 3 weeks, Sony Michel figures to be the early-down back. There’s likewise experienced third-down professional James White and Rex Burkhead. You ‘d need to believe Burkhead will be Michel’s primary backup and White will be the third-down person with Taylor perhaps getting a couple of want to spell him, if required.

There might be some special packages put in location to take benefit of what Taylor gives the table, however aside from that-barring some sort of injury-most of the novice’s opportunities might begin unique teams. In any case, he’s one injury away to anybody ahead of him from getting a larger function. Taylor will likely have three weeks to prove he is worthy of to stay with the 53-man roster.

At worst, he could be auditioning for an opportunity with another group the next time he’s sent down to the practice squad as there is a possibility another squad might make a quote for him at that time. No matter how you slice it, this is great news for Taylor.