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NFL Rumors: How Much Playing Time Will Brandon Taylor get on Sunday?

Brandon Taylor San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-US Presswire

Brandon Taylor was a third round pick for the San Diego Chargers in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Taylor spent four years with the LSU Tigers in college before he entered the draft in April.

Taylor’s most productive season with LSU happened in 2011 when he had 71 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, seven pass deflections, two interceptions and a sack.

Atari Bigby started all 11 games for San Diego at strong safety before he injured his groin and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.  Bigby’s production will be difficult to replace as his 44 tackles rank third on San Diego’s roster.

Corey Lynch will start in Bigby’s place on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at home.  According to Michael Gehlken of nctimes.com, Taylor was told that he will make his NFL debut on Sunday.

Taylor was quoted as saying “It will be a dream come true.  This is a moment I’ve been waiting on since I was a kid. You’ve got to go out and perform well, show these coaches I can play in this league and that they drafted me for the right reasons.”

San Diego allows 3.8 yards per rushing attempt which ranks sixth in the NFL in terms of yards per attempt allowed.  It will be interesting to see how San Diego responds to the loss of Bigby.

I think that it will take a combined effort from Lynch and Taylor to make up for the loss of Bigby.

San Diego’s season is realistically on the line when they play Cincinnati on Sunday at 1:05 PM PDT.  San Diego has a 4-7 record with five games left and trails the Pittsburgh Steelers by two games for the final wild card spot.

Cincinnati also has a 6-5 record, so it seems as though nine wins is the magic number to earn that final playoff spot in the AFC.