The Philadelphia Eagles signed former NY Giants cornerback Shakial Taylor Tuesday, after Taylor was recently released.
Taylor opted out of the 2020 NFL season citing COVID-19 concerns, after the NY Giants originally tried to waive him, citing the fact that he fell into a high-risk category due to severe asthma. He was waived by the Giants on February 12.
He never appeared in a game for the Giants.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2019, Taylor made his debut against the Kansas City Chiefs when he produced one tackle and broke up a pass prior to being waived one month later. The Denver Broncos claimed Taylor off waivers the day after he was released by the Colts.
In five career games with the Broncos, Taylor has produced seven tackles and one pass breakup.
With the Eagles, Taylor will have a chance to compete for playing time in a secondary with plenty of question marks such as Cre’Von LeBlanc, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Grayland Arnold, and others.
Meanwhile, the NY Giants might not be done moving on from players who opted out. Former third-round supplemental draft pick Sam Beal could be on the way out, as well, after injuries derailed the start to his career prior to him opting out prior to last season.
Cornerback remains a significant need for the NY Giants, but it is obvious the organization didn’t believe Taylor is a fit.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.