Not only will he see more snaps as a part of Denver’s offense with fellow wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer, and Isaiah McKenzie all out this week, he will also have the opportunity to return punts for the Broncos on Sunday.
Denver head coach Vance Joseph said on Wednesday that Taylor and Hunter Sharp, another wideout who was elevated to the Broncos’ 53-man roster from their practice squad on Wednesday, will be the team’s two punt returners against the Chargers on Sunday afternoon.
With the injuries the Broncos have suffered at the wide receiver position, both Taylor and Sharp are locks to be active on game day, so they should each have an opportunity in the return game. With that being said, there is a trust factor with Taylor, and it would be mildly shocking to see anyone other than “Sunshine” trot onto the field when the Chargers line up for their first punt of the day.
Sharp will be appearing in the first regular season game of his career, whereas Taylor has 18 regular season games and a full season on the practice squad experience under his belt.
Joseph said McKenzie is week-to-week with his ankle injury. The rookie from the University of Georgia has already given the Broncos ample reason to believe they have found a game-changing punt returner.
In five games, McKenzie has 14 punt returns for 139 yards (9.9 yards per return), and he has come dangerously close to breaking off huge plays on multiple occasions.
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