Taylor Reed
No. 35     Retired
Born: (1991-08-07) August 7, 1991 (age 28)
Beaumont, Texas
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeSouthern Methodist
High schoolWest Brook (Beaumont, Texas)
Career history
As player
2013Dallas Cowboys*
2013Winnipeg Blue Bombers*
2013Dallas Cowboys*
2013 2014New England Patriots*
20142015Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2016Calgary Stampeders
20162017Ottawa Redblacks
2018Toronto Argonauts
2018-PresentEdmonton Eskimos
*Offseason or practice squad only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Taylor Reed (born August 7, 1991) is a former gridiron football linebacker in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Southern Methodist University. He has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, New England Patriots, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Redblacks, and Toronto Argonauts.

Early yearsEdit

Reed played high school football for the West Brook Senior High School Bruins of Beaumont, Texas and earned all-district honors.[1]

College careerEdit

Reed played in 52 games for the SMU Mustangs from 2009 to 2012, recording 400 total tackles. He was named second-team All-Conference USA in 2011 and 2012, honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2010 and All-Freshman Conference USA in 2009.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 240 lb 4.63 s 1.65 s 2.70 s 4.25 s 7.22 s 30½ in 9 ft 9 in 29 reps

Dallas CowboysEdit

Reed was signed by the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) on May 10, 2013 after going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft.[1] He was released by the Cowboys on August 30, 2013.[2]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

On October 2, 2013, Reed was signed to the practice squad of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.[1]

Dallas Cowboys (II)Edit

Reed was signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad on November 18, 2013.[2] He was released by the Cowboys on November 26, 2013.[1]

New England PatriotsEdit

On December 30, 2013, Reed was signed to the practice squad of the New England Patriots of the NFL.[1] He was signed to a futures contract by the Patriots on January 20, 2014. He was released by the Patriots on March 10, 2014.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

Reed was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on June 27, 2014.[1] He was named Defensive Player of the Week for week twelve of the 2014 CFL season after recording six defensive tackles, one tackle for a loss, one special teams tackle and one quarterback sack.[3] In two seasons with the Tiger-Cats Reed played in 33 games contributing 141 defensive tackles, 7 special teams tackles, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

Calgary StampedersEdit

As a free agent Reed signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL on February 10, 2016.[4] He was released by the Stampeders on September 12, 2016.[5] Prior to being released he had played in all 10 games to start the 2016 season, contributing 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. The reason for his release was the exceptional play of national linebacker Alex Singleton.[6]

Ottawa RedblacksEdit

Reed was signed by the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL on September 13, 2016; only one day after being let go by Calgary.[7] He played in all 8 of the remaining regular season games for Ottawa, and their two playoff games. During the 2016 season with Ottawa he accumulated 39 tackles and 1 quarterback sack. He set a career-high 12 tackles against Winnipeg on October 29. Reed helped lead Ottawa's defense to a championship in the 104th Grey Cup game versus his former team, the Calgary Stampeders, with a final score of 39-33 in overtime. On January 10, 2017 the Redblacks confirmed they had signed Taylor Reed to a one-year extension. Reed would have become a free agent on February 14, 2017.[8] In his second season with the Redblacks Reed set a new career high with 94 tackles in 18 games: He also had four sacks. Following the season he was not re-signed by the Redblacks and became a free agent on February 13, 2018.[9]

Toronto Argonauts Edit

After being on the open market for a week Reed and the Toronto Argonauts agreed to a one-year contract on February 20, 2018.[10] On August 15, 2018, Reed was released by the Argonauts.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Taylor Reed". Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Taylor Reed". Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  3. "Reed & Sinkfield Collect CFL Honours". September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  4. Mitchell, Scott (February 10, 2016). "Stampeders sign Bakari Grant, Taylor Reed". Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  5. Fisher, Scott (September 12, 2016). "Calgary Stampeders release ML Taylor Reed". Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  6. Busby, Ian (2016-09-13). "Why the Stampeders released linebacker Taylor Reed".
  7. "REDBLACKS SIGN RECENTLY-RELEASED TAYLOR REED". September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  8. "REDBLACKS, Reed agree on one-year extension". 2017-01-10.
  9. "Best of the Rest: Help still available in free agency -" (in en-US). 2018-02-20.
  10. "Free agent LB Taylor Reed joins Argos -" (in en-US). 2018-02-20.

External linksEdit

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