The NFL made its lengthy awaited return on Thursday evening, however Chiefs proper sort out Jawaan Taylor’s efficiency turned some heads.
Over the course of the Chiefs sport towards the Detroit Lions, Taylor appeared to line up too far into the backfield, however the referees apparently didn’t discover, as a result of they didn’t throw flags for false-start penalties for almost all of the sport.
Nevertheless, late within the sport officers penalized Taylor for a false begin throughout a essential drive for the Chiefs. The penalty name prompted former Bengals huge receiver and broadcaster Cris Collinsworth to level out how Taylor had dedicated penalties all through the evening.
“You see Jawaan Taylor taking part in slot receiver lastly obtained busted,” Collinsworth stated as he poked enjoyable at the Chiefs offensive lineman.
Taylor appeared to constantly shift his proper leg earlier than the soccer was snapped, however he largely averted false-start penalties.
NBC’s Terry McAulay later supplied a proof of what was taking place on the sphere.
“To be on the road, his helmet has to interrupt the waistline of the middle,” McAulay defined in the course of the broadcast.
“And to be trustworthy, we have watched [Taylor] the entire sport. He is actually not remotely shut, and it is actually placing the defensive finish at an amazing drawback when he could be that far again.”
Taylor spent the primary 4 years of his profession with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed a four-year contract with the Chiefs earlier this yr.
JJ Watt took to social media to weigh in on Taylor’s pre-snap motion.
“Watch intently, many offensive tackles leap the snap rely and depart simply earlier than the ball is definitely snapped. It’s a bit of factor, however makes an enormous distinction. Refs usually let it slide. So long as they don’t name it, I’d maintain doing it too if I used to be them.” Watt wrote on X, the corporate previously generally known as Twitter.
The defending Tremendous Bowl champion Chiefs had considerably of a disappointing exhibiting of their 2023 debut. Kansas Metropolis suffered a 21-20 loss to the Lions, as star tight finish Travis Kelce watched from sidelines as he recovered from an damage.
Patrick Mahomes relied on a few of the younger cross catchers on the Chiefs roster, which yielded blended outcomes.
The Chiefs journey to Jacksonville for Week 2, whereas the Lions head dwelling to host the Seahawks on Sept. 17.