Falcons Add Another Gator

Florida Gators running back Kelvin Taylor at the 2014 Birmingham Bowl.

Florida Gators running back Kelvin Taylor at the 2014 Birmingham Bowl.

Former San Francisco draft pick and Seattle Seahawks running back Kelvin Taylor moves back east having signed running back Kelvin Taylor today. The son of long-time Jacksonville Jaguar running back Fred Taylor, he played alongside former Gators Keanu Neal and Bobby Poole. The 5’10” 205 lb back spent time on the Seahawks active roster but did not have a carry. The Falcons extended the contract after Taylor completed a workout for the coaching staff. Head Coach Dan Quinn liked what he saw of the second-year back. “In the workout, he moved good, caught the ball well, and did enough that he could get a few reps even in the practice today,” said Quinn.

The team’s first preseason game of the 2017 season is on Thursday in Miami against the Dolphins. Taylor could get some reps due to his familiarity with the offense in Seattle.  According to Quinn, the former Gator was brought in partially because of the groin injury suffered by fifth-year free agent signee B.J. Daniels.

Georgia Bulldog fans will remember Taylor for the 197 rushing yards he rang up against the Dawgs in Florida’s lopsided 38-20 win. Taylor showed good burst in college rushing for 1035 yards in his final season with the Gators. With the addition of Taylor, the Falcons now have four players on the roster that played in the 2014 Birmingham Bowl. Justin Hardy played for East Carolina against the trio of Gators.