#79

Eric Taylor

Weight:

309 lbs

Height:

6' 2"

Position:

Defensive Tackle

College:

Memphis

Birthdate:

Dec 14th, 1981

Career Years:

7

Team:

Alumni

Highlights

2014

Taylor played in 17 regular-season games for the Lions as well as the Eastern Semifinal. During the regular season, he recorded 30 tackles, including one tackle for loss, one sack, five pass knockdowns and one fumble recovery that he returned 19 yards. Taylor’s season high of four tackles came in a July 4 game against the Alouettes and his sack was against the Edmonton Eskimos on June 28. He had three tackles in the Eastern Semifinal.

2013

Eric started all 18 games in 2013 for the first time in his career and ranked third on the club with a career-high five sacks. His 35 tackles last season were also a career-high and ranked fifth among all defensive tackles. Eric’s strong play also earned him four pass knockdowns as well as a forced a fumble while making it three years running with at least one fumble recovery. His five sacks came in five different games including back-to-back affairs in September. 

2012

Eric enjoyed an effective second season with the Lions, starting 15 of 18 games. His four sacks ranked fourth on the club and his 21 tackles were the best among Lions interior linemen. Two of his tackles went for a loss and he ranked second in the CFL among defensive linemen with five pass knockdowns in the backfield.  His best game of the season came on Jun 29/12 vs Winnipeg with two sacks, three tackles, a forced fumble and a pass knockdown.   

2011

Taylor joined the Lions in 2011, but injuries and competition for playing time limited him to just seven regular season games. He regained a spot in the regular lineup over the last three regular season games, rotating along the defensive line with Aaron Hunt and Khreem Smith. Taylor recorded 21 tackles in just seven games along with three sacks and a forced fumble. He spent nine more weeks on the 46-man roster but was reserved. 

2010

Taylor joined the Argonauts in February 2010 after he was acquired from Edmonton in a trade for non-import receivers Andre Talbot and Brad Smith.  Last season as a member of the Double Blue, the Memphis grad appeared in 13 regular season games racking up 17 defensive tackles and three sacks. 

2009

Taylor has played seven games (seven starts) at defensive tackle and has recorded 21 defensive tackles, a tackle for a loss, a knockdown and two sacks. He was on the 1-game injured list for games seven and eight.

2008

Taylor played in all six games (six starts) since signing with the team in September. He recorded 16 defensive tackles, one knockdown, one fumble recovery and two tackles for a loss. He had his first CFL quarterback sack in BC on Oct 10. In the East Semi-Final and East Final he started at defensive tackle and had two tackles in each game.

College

Taylor played 36 games in his four years with Memphis, recording 89 solo tackles (plus 62 assisted), 20 tackles for losses for 85 yards, six sacks, 12 passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one interception for 52 yards