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Lance Taylor
Wide Receivers
College:
Alabama
Experience:
5

Bio

COACHING
Lance Taylor returns to Carolina in 2017 as the team’s wide receivers coach after being the running backs coach at Stanford for three seasons from 2014-16. He previously served as the Panthers’ assistant wide receivers coach in 2013.

While at Stanford, Taylor played a key role in the development of Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey. In 2015, McCaffrey set a school record with 2,019 rushing yards to earn Associated Press Player of the Year honors. At the same time, Taylor guided McCaffrey to team highs of 45 receptions, 645 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns, making him the only FBS player to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards.

During his first stint with the Panthers in 2013, Taylor contributed a team that won the NFC South. He worked with a receiving corps that featured three players with more than 500 receiving yards and at least four receiving touchdowns.

Prior to joining Carolina, Taylor spent three seasons with the New York Jets from 2010-12, serving as a coaching intern in 2010, offensive quality control coach in 2011 and assistant tight ends/quality control coach in 2012. As assistant tight ends coach, Taylor helped tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Dustin Keller rank second and third on the team with 29 and 28 catches, respectively.

In 2009, Taylor coached wide receivers at Appalachian State. Under his tutelage, the Mountaineers set school records with 284 receptions and 3,621 receiving yards. The team finished 11-3, won the Southern Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Nick Saban at his alma mater, Alabama, from 2007-08.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A walk-on at Alabama before earning a scholarship, Taylor played in 38 consecutive games at wide receiver from 1999-2003. As a senior, he was as a special teams captain in current Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula's first season as the Crimson Tide's head coach.

Taylor then played professionally for the Colorado Crush and Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League and Green Bay Blizzard and Louisville Fire of af2 from 2004-06.

He graduated from Alabama with a degree in business management. Taylor's father, James, also attended Alabama and was a member of the school's 1973 national championship team as a running back under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

HISTORY
Wide receiver: Alabama 1999-2003. Pro wide receiver/defensive back: Colorado Crush (AFL) 2004, Columbus Destroyers (AFL) 2005, Green Bay Blizzard (af2) 2005, Louisville Fire (af2) 2006. College coach: Alabama 2007-08, Appalachian State 2009, Stanford 2014-16. Pro coach: New York Jets 2010-12, Carolina Panthers 2013, rejoined Panthers in 2017.

COACHING
Lance Taylor returns to Carolina in 2017 as the team’s wide receivers coach after being the running backs coach at Stanford for three seasons from 2014-16. He previously served as the Panthers’ assistant wide receivers coach in 2013.

While at Stanford, Taylor played a key role in the development of Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey. In 2015, McCaffrey set a school record with 2,019 rushing yards to earn Associated Press Player of the Year honors. At the same time, Taylor guided McCaffrey to team highs of 45 receptions, 645 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns, making him the only FBS player to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards.

During his first stint with the Panthers in 2013, Taylor contributed a team that won the NFC South. He worked with a receiving corps that featured three players with more than 500 receiving yards and at least four receiving touchdowns.

Prior to joining Carolina, Taylor spent three seasons with the New York Jets from 2010-12, serving as a coaching intern in 2010, offensive quality control coach in 2011 and assistant tight ends/quality control coach in 2012. As assistant tight ends coach, Taylor helped tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Dustin Keller rank second and third on the team with 29 and 28 catches, respectively.

In 2009, Taylor coached wide receivers at Appalachian State. Under his tutelage, the Mountaineers set school records with 284 receptions and 3,621 receiving yards. The team finished 11-3, won the Southern Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Nick Saban at his alma mater, Alabama, from 2007-08.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A walk-on at Alabama before earning a scholarship, Taylor played in 38 consecutive games at wide receiver from 1999-2003. As a senior, he was as a special teams captain in current Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula's first season as the Crimson Tide's head coach.

Taylor then played professionally for the Colorado Crush and Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League and Green Bay Blizzard and Louisville Fire of af2 from 2004-06.

He graduated from Alabama with a degree in business management. Taylor's father, James, also attended Alabama and was a member of the school's 1973 national championship team as a running back under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

HISTORY
Wide receiver: Alabama 1999-2003. Pro wide receiver/defensive back: Colorado Crush (AFL) 2004, Columbus Destroyers (AFL) 2005, Green Bay Blizzard (af2) 2005, Louisville Fire (af2) 2006. College coach: Alabama 2007-08, Appalachian State 2009, Stanford 2014-16. Pro coach: New York Jets 2010-12, Carolina Panthers 2013, rejoined Panthers in 2017.