In the Chiefs’ search for stability at the offensive tackle spot post-Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, fans have learned a lot about arm length along with Andy Reid and Andy Heck’s historical preferences at the offensive tackle position. Taylor’s 35.25-inch arms are one of the reasons the team targeted him in free agency and his ability to use them to his advantage is quite impressive. It’s also likely one of the reasons that the Chiefs are so confident that he can make the switch to left tackle if necessary.
Jawaan Taylor (naturally) has some things to clean up after his first career start in week 1, but some of the things that made him such an intriguing prospect showed up.
Movement in the run game
Capitalizing on 35 1/8 arms
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Taylor is good at working guys around the arc using his length, but when combined with that punch, he can really disrupt even the best of pass-rush plans. His length allows for first contact often, which gives him a natural advantage on rushes, helping him from allowing defenders into his chest and keeping them from gaining a power and speed advantage.