Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals
|RB - #92||224.66||ARI||Active||2 years||23||5'9||214||@KULABAFI|
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-29-2014 by Brad Kruse
Stepfan Taylor was a rookie last year and he averaged a pedestrian 3.2 yards per carry. After the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, Taylor finds himself in contention for a RB2 role, possibly earning him significant playing time. He's going to be tough to trust unless his role becomes better defined. Looking over the last four years in offenses Tom Moore and Bruce Arians were involved with, they have typically operated shared backfields. The RB who had the most carries out of the backfield did not have the most receptions. This leads you to believe there will be an active third-down back. Ellington is an ideal fit for that role. This suggests the RB2 might play a lot of first and second downs to keep Ellington healthy. As Arizona's backup running back, Taylor will likely see eight to ten carries per week. Even with the early edge to fulfill that role, Taylor does not justify a draft pick at this time in redraft. He should only be considered in dynasties or leagues with really deep rosters.
Andre Ellington sat out of Wednesday's practice with a slight neck injury. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports that Stepfan Taylor has been taking repititions with the first team offense. This is a big indicator that Taylor has a slight edge over Jonathan Dwyer in the backup race. Since the Cardinals are currently favoring a two-back set, Taylor may see some valuable playing time. The second-year back out of Stanford has yet to contribute for the Cardinals, but all signs point north for the sophomore running back.
There is no doubt to the fact Ellington is the starter for the Cardinals. With Arians concerned about Ellington's workload, he is guaranteed to insert Taylor or Dwyer to lessen the load. While there is no clear-cut handcuff for Ellington, there is some value in owning either Taylor or Dwyer when the final depth chart is released. If you're looking to handcuff Ellington at this moment, the current option is Taylor.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/30 - Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor running with first team offense
7/29 - Cardinals RB Andre Ellington sidelined with neck injury
7/25 - Arizona RB Andre Ellington to be a 'bellcow'
Latest References to Stepfan Taylor on FFToolbox:
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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