Hilltoppers In The NFL Week 1 | WKU Connection

After the 1st week of the NFL season here is how the former WKU standouts did.

Joel IyiebuniweChicago BearsLBNo stats recorded     Loss 10-3
Jack DoyleIndianapolis ColtsTE1 catch 20 yards        Loss 30-24
Deon YelderKansas City Chiefs TENo stats recorded     Win 40-26
Tyler HigbeeLA RamsTE4 catches 20 yards and a Touchdown                   Win 30-27
Taywan TaylorCleveland BrownsWRNo stats recorded       Loss 43-13
Forrest LampLA ChargersGNo stats recorded          Win 30-27 
George FantSeattle SeahawksOTNo stats recorded       Win   21-20

Hilltoppers in The NFL: Week 1 Schedule

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Opening night in the NFL is here, over the next few days 7 Hilltoppers will suite up for their squads. You can find their schedules here every week.

Joel IyiebuniweChicago BearsLBGreen Bay
Thurs. 7:20 PM
Jack DoyleIndianapolis ColtsTE@ LA Chargers
Sun. 3:05 PM
Deon YelderKansas City Chiefs TE@ Jaguars
Sun. 12 PM
Tyler HigbeeLA RamsTE@ Panthers
Sun. 12 PM
Taywan TaylorCleveland BrownsWRTitans
Sun. 12 PM
Forrest LampLA ChargersGColts
Sun. 3:05 PM
George FantSeattle SeahawksOTBengals
Sun. 3:05 PM

Taylor On Being Traded To The Browns, “A Dream Come True” | WKU Connection

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In the media’s first opportunity to ask former WKU receiver Taywan Taylor some questions Taylor said the opportunity to play for the Cleveland Browns was, “a dream come true”

Taylor’s first game as a member of the Cleveland Browns will be Sunday vs his former team the Tennessee Titans. It was hinted that Taylor might be asked to contribute right away vs his former team in a quote by Browns Head Coach Freddie Kitchens.

Taylor will wear #10 for Cleveland.

More comments from Taylor can be found here:

The Browns also have a interesting YouTube series “Building the Browns” similar to HBO’s “Hard Knocks” I am sure Taylor will be featured on the series at some point. Here is the most recent episode-

Which Former Hilltoppers Made The Cut? | WKU Connection

As NFL teams begin to finalize their rosters ahead of week 1, here is a list of former Hilltoppers who made the cut for their teams final 53 man roster:

•TE- Jack Doyle (Colts)

•TE- Deon Yelder (Chiefs)

•TE- Tyler Higbee (Rams)

•OT- George Fant (Seahawks)

•OG- Forrest Lamp (Chargers)

•LB- Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Bears)

WR Taywan Taylor was recently involved in a trade sending him to Cleveland in return for a 2020 draft pick.

Taylor’s battle will be uphill in Cleveland, having established NFL veterans ahead of him like, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Laundry, and Rashard Higgins. Playing time and targets will not come so easily.

To this point of his career Taylor has totaled 53 catches for 697 yards in 29 games played.

We’re behind you Taywan!

LOOK: 2 Former Hilltoppers Face-off In NFL Preseason | WKU Connection


Friday night the Titans defeated the bears (19-15) in week 4 of the NFL preseason.

After the game we got a picture of former Hilltoppers Joel iyiegbuniwe, and Taywan Taylor.

Taylor finished the game without recording any stats. Iyiegbuniwe recorded 2 tackles for the Bears defense.

The Tennessee Titans finish the preseason (2-2) as they face off with the Cleveland Browns next Sunday. Rumors have been floating that Taywan Taylor could be heading to Cleveland via trade.

The Bears finish the preseason (1-3). They will play the Green Bay Packers next Thursday night in the NFL season opener.

Taywan Taylor Falling Down The Titans Depth Cart | WKU Connection

Aug 18, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor (13) rushes for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor played exclusively with the Titans 3rd string offense Sunday night vs. Pittsburgh in week 3 of the NFL preseason.

Taylor, whom was thought to be a starter coming into training camp has seen his snaps decrease from 34 in week 2 vs. New England to 21 vs. Pittsburgh in week 3.

Rumors have started floating that Taylor may be cut- should the Titans decide to keep 5 receivers and rookie A.J. Brown keep improving week after week.

WATCH: Former WKU WR Taywan Taylor With A Bad Drop In The NFL Pre-Season | WKU Connection


On Thursday night the Tennessee Titans took on the Philadelphia Eagles in week 1 of the NFL pre-season. As you can tell from the heading former WKU WR Taywan Taylor had a pretty bad drop that caused some interesting takes from Titans fans. Here is the video:

It’s bad I know, but you should see the replies..

There’s many more but you get the picture. The Titans film room who posted the video even had this to say regarding the outburst from fans:

Right now I think its safe to say Taywan’s spot is safe on the Titans 53 man roster.