4 things to know about the new Chiefs OT Jawaan Taylor

The Kansas City Chiefs then officially signed OT Jawaan Taylor Agreeing to terms during NFL statutory manipulation period. A former second-round draft pick in 2019, Taylor spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now that Taylor is official, let’s get to know this player a little better.

Here’s a quick look at four things the Kingdom of Chiefs should know about their latest offensive tackle:

Taylor dominated the stats in 2022

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Don’t let ESPN’s pass block win rates fool you. Taylor was one of the best tackles in the NFL last season, regardless of which side of the field he played. He allowed 21 total pressures in 19 combined regular-season and postseason games in 2022 according to PFF. His pass-blocking efficiency (pressure allowed per snap weighted in terms of sacks allowed) ranked fifth in the NFL behind Tristan Wirfs, Lane Johnson, Laremy Tunsil and Jack Conklin.

Only Wirfs and Johnson finished the 2022 NFL season at a lower allowable pressure rating.

If he can continue that kind of passing performance while switching to left tackle, the Chiefs will surely be happy with their investment.

He wore cleats to honor his father last season

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Taylor has the Jawaan Taylor Foundation, which supports underserved children and the elderly. When Rev. Robert Taylor passed away suddenly in January 2022, Taylor wore cleats designed by his mother in honor of his late father. Here is what he said to Jaguars.com about the decision:

“My dad was a big reason I wanted to start my own foundation and give back to youth, so I decided to honor both my dad and my foundation with my shoes this season. My shoes feature a photo of my late father Robert who along with my mother Wendy is the biggest influence on the type of man I have become and the influence and inspiration I hope to bring to the community.”

In his spare time he enjoys fishing:

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Taylor says he’s “laid back” and more of a couch potato, but when he’s out and about as a native of Florida, he usually goes fishing. Back in 2020, Taylor was on a fishing trip in Jupiter, Florida and caught the “fish of her life”. He reeled in a 400-pound Goliath grouper.


He won’t be deep sea fishing in Missouri, but rest assured a trip to the Ozarks is in his future.

He’s already speaking to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

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While Taylor won’t get a chance to step onto the field with his teammates until later this summer, he has already spoken to his new quarterback. Let’s just say Patrick Mahomes made a strong first impression.

“I had a chance to speak to Mahomes,” Taylor said. “He’s a really great guy. I can already tell he’s a really great leader, a laid back guy. I can’t wait to get out there and fight with him.”

Chiefs Kingdom shares this last feeling.

Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire

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