Chester Taylor Signs with Bears — Move Him Down Your Rankings
At least when he was backing up Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor was a pretty valuable commodity. You knew that the pieces were in place, name an impressive offensive line, for big time numbers if AP went down. He also brought something (pass receiving ability) to the table that wasn’t a strength for All Day.
After signing with the Bears, he finds himself in an offense where neither of those will be in play. First of all, Chicago’s line went downhill fast. Not only do the struggle to protect the quarterback, but they have trouble opening holes. The tried to put a band-aid on it with Orlando Pace, but that failed miserably. Plus, they are short of draft picks to add one in the draft. The odds of their line improving this year are slim.
Matt Forte has 120 catches in two years meaning Chester’s receptions (45 & 44 the past two years) will likely come down. He could be hard-pressed to reach the 762.5 total yards he’s averaged as Peterson’s backup.
To me signing with Chicago makes little sense. If I were Chester Houston or Philly would have been more ideal destinations. Not only would he have the opportunity for more touches, but he’d be on a contender.
Taylor is still worth having at the end of your draft, but he doesn’t have the upside he once did.