Eagle soaring, Eagle down: Taylor does it all in Week 9; Tillery waived

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

Could Trent Taylor be finding his groove with the Cincinnati Bengals? He was a jack of all trades in Week 9 against Carolina. He carried the ball for the first time this season (three times for 18 yards), hauled in a season-high two passes for 14 yards, returned kicks for the first time this season (2 for 15 yards) and added 52 yards on three punt returns.

The former Evangel and Louisiana Tech star played 35 percent of the Bengals’ offensive snaps. His previous high this season had been 19 snaps.

The news in Los Angeles wasn’t as good for another former Eagle. Jerry Tillery, a former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers, was waived by the team. Coach Brandon Staley cited “competing visions.”

Tillery did not play more than half the defensive snaps in any game this season. The Notre Dame product can be claimed by another team in the league beginning Monday. 

LOCAL NFL STARS: 2022 Week 9

Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina (22, WR, Parkway)

The former Panther hauled in his first touchdown pass of the season in Week 9 – a 21-yarder from Baker Mayfield. In Thursday night’s Week 10 game against Atlanta, Marshall caught just a single pass, but it went for 43 yards. 

Israel Mukuamu, Dallas (22, S, Parkway)

Cowboys had Week 9 off. With Mukuamu in coverage this season, opposing quarterbacks are 5-of-6 of 29 yards. 

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (29, QB, Haughton)

Through the Week 9 bye, Prescott has played three games. He’s 54-of-81 passing for 591 yards and three touchdowns. He’s thrown two interceptions. 

Robert Rochell, Los Angeles Rams (24, DB, Fair Park)

Was limited to only special teams in Week 9 against Tampa Bay. 

L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City (25, DB, Minden)

Tallied five tackles and two passes defended against Tennessee. For the season, opposing quarterbacks are 39-of-56 passing for 390 yards and a touchdown with Sneed in coverage. 

Marquez Stevenson, Buffalo (23, WR, Northwood)

Still on injured reserve after foot surgery without a timetable to return.

Trent Taylor, Cincinnati (28, WR, Evangel)

Taylor did it all for the Bengals in Week 9. 

Jerry Tillery, Los Angeles Chargers (25, DL, Evangel)

The Chargers have moved on from a former first-round pick, who has been waived. He will be eligible to be claimed by another team Monday. 

Ar’Darius Washington, Baltimore (22, S, Evangel)

Played in one game this season. Currently on the Ravens’ practice squad. 

Devin White, Tampa Bay (24, LB, North Webster)

Posted a season-low four tackles against the Rams, but has played every snap on defense for the Buccaneers this season.

Tre’Davious White, Buffalo (27, DB, Green Oaks)

White’s return after an absence of nearly one year seems imminent. Perhaps Sunday is the day. 

Greedy Williams, Cleveland (24, DB, Calvary)

Browns were off in Week 9.

Rodarius Williams, New York Giants (25, DB, Calvary)

Hopes to return to action following the torn ACL suffered early last season. 

Brandon Wilson, Cincinnati (28, DB, Calvary Baptist)

On the PUP list. 

Donovan Wilson, Dallas Cowboys (27, S, Woodlawn)

Cowboys were off in Week 9. With Wilson in coverage, opposing quarterbacks are 15 of 25 for 95 yards with one touchdown and one interception this season.

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