The San Francisco 49ers announced they signed cornerback Jamar Taylor to the practice squad. Taylor spent training camp with the Niners and knows the defense well as he played with the starters for a few weeks while K’Wuan Williams was injured during training camp. Williams, who was battling a hip injury and was limited during Thursday’s practice, is likely still having issues, and that’s why the team added Taylor ahead of Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
If the starters were healthy, I’d imagine defensive coordinator Robert Saleh wouldn’t have any issue playing Jason Verrett outside with Emmanuel Moseley sliding inside to play the slot. Moseley played a handful of snaps in the slot towards the Jets game’s end and practiced there with the second team during training camp. That would make for an easy transition, but Moseley remains in the concussion protocol.
The Miami Dolphins originally drafted Taylor (5-11, 192) in the second round (54th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Throughout his seven-year NFL career with the Dolphins (2013-15), Cleveland Browns (2016-17), Arizona Cardinals (2018), Denver Broncos (2018), Seattle Seahawks (2019), and Atlanta Falcons (2019), he has appeared in 90 games (41 starts) and registered 236 tackles, 31 passes defended, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 0.5 sack. In 2019 with the Seahawks and Falcons, he saw action in 12 games and finished with 21 tackles, and three passes defended. Taylor signed with the 49ers as a free agent on July 6, 2020, and was released by the team on September 5. He has experience playing both inside and out but is better suited to play in the slot.