OL Rod Taylor Jr. Signs With Pirates
By: Oliver Nissi
December 2, 2020
WORCESTER, MA. — The Massachusetts Pirates are happy to announce the signing of offensive lineman Rod Taylor Jr, who becomes the third offensive lineman to sign with the organization this offseason. Taylor Jr. (6’3”, 320 pounds) spoke with masspiratesfootball.com about joining a Pirates offensive line that is full of talent.
“It feels like it’s going to be a great offensive line. If we put our heads together, there’s no telling what we can do. It’s a blessing to sign here and I’m excited to start playing ball.”
Earlier this year, Taylor Jr. was selected to the XFL’s Team 9, which served as an extra squad for other XFL teams to fill open roster spots. Prior to that, Taylor Jr. was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim also spoke with masspiratesfootball.com and touched on Taylor Jr.’s versatility on the offensive line.
“What stood out to me about Rod was his feet. He’s very nimble footed and has great athleticism for a player his size. Especially playing within a new set of rules this year, we have to account for having a running game and being able to run block up front. His ability to get off the ball and get to the 2nd level and be effective blocking in space should prove to be valuable for our ball club. He also has experience playing on both sides of the line as well at a very high level in the SEC. Looking forward to getting Rod up here in Massachusetts along with the rest of our team and getting to work come March.”
Taylor Jr. began his college career at Ole Miss as a guard before playing both left and right tackle during his final three years at school. In his senior season, Taylor Jr. started all 12 games at right tackle. Taylor Jr. is a native of Jackson, Mississippi.
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