BIG RAPIDS — Former Ferris State wide receiver Malik Taylor signed with the Green Bay Packers Friday.
The announcement was made by Green Bay's General Manager Brian Gutekunst and Taylor is expected to join the organization for training camp, which begins next week. He was assigned jersey No. 86 for the Packers.
Taylor originally signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers immediately following April's NFL Draft and also had a tryout earlier this summer with the Indianapolis Colts.
A four-year letter winner for the Bulldogs, Taylor missed most of his senior campaign last fall due to injury after garnering preseason recognition as one of the nation's top wideouts. He returned late in the year during FSU's playoff run to the NCAA Division II National Championship game and finished the year with seven catches for 88 yards and score, including a key touchdown grab in Ferris State's national semifinal win at Minnesota State.
As a junior, Taylor caught a team-high 61 passes for 906 yards and six touchdowns as the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals. He also ranked as the team's leading receiver in 2016 when FSU advanced to the D2 National Semifinals by catching 47 balls for 1,017 yards and five scores. He appeared in nine games while making six grabs for 80 yards as a freshman following a redshirt campaign.
Taylor's 2,091 total receiving yards at Ferris State ranks seventh in school history as he made 121 total catches in a Bulldog uniform while also ranking as one of the squad's top return men on special teams.
Taylor was one of three Bulldogs who signed with NFL organizations as free agents this spring. He also is among 10 different FSU players who have earned opportunities in the NFL in recent history as seven former Bulldogs took part in NFL training camps last summer.
Along with Taylor, former Bulldog linebacker Brady Sheldon also is currently with the Packers' organization.