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Stepfan Taylor | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/9/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 216
College: Stanford
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GM Steve Keim said Ryan Williams was released because "quite frankly, he was outperformed" by Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor.
With Rashard Mendenhall retiring and Williams gone, the depth chart in Arizona's backfield is clearing up. Andre Ellington is the obvious starter, leaving Taylor to battle new addition Jonathan Dwyer for the complementary role. Both players are replacement-level talents, but it's still a competition to monitor because the Cardinals showed a hesitancy to ride Ellington too heavily last season. May 21 - 8:09 AM

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The Cardinals are considering using second-year RB Stepfan Taylor in a short-yardage role this season.

Taylor was active for all 16 games as a rookie, but limited to 136 snaps and 36 rushing attempts. He's a candidate to replace Rashard Mendenhall and has the potential for a complementary role behind Andre Ellington if the Cardinals fail to upgrade in the draft. Jonathan Dwyer and Ryan Williams are expected to compete with Taylor for short-yardage duties.
Mar 28 - 5:36 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim talked up second-year RB Stepfan Taylor at the Combine as a potential "complement" to Andre Ellington in 2014.

Keim says he has "high expectations" for Taylor, who underwhelmed as a rookie with a 3.19 YPC average and eight receptions behind Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall. As Mendenhall is now a free agent, Taylor could take his old spot as a short-yardage back and committee partner. If this is all Ellington has to hold off for 2014 backfield work, it'd be ideal news for his fantasy outlook.
Feb 20 - 4:36 PM

Stepfan Taylor finished the 2013 season with 36 carries for 115 yards and eight catches for 71 yards.

Taylor was active for all 16 games, but never came close to challenging Rashard Mendenhall or Andre Ellington for snaps. The early-down job is theoretically open with Mendy ticketed for free agency, but we suspect the Cards would hand it to Ellington or Ryan Williams before turning to Taylor. He's more of a mudder than a playmaker.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:08:00 PM

Stepfan Taylor rushed three times for 15 yards and caught two passes for 45 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss at Philadelphia.

With Andre Ellington (knee) inactive, Taylor was the clear-cut backup to Rashard Mendenhall. Ryan Williams was a healthy scratch again and Alfonso Smith didn't get a touch. However, Taylor didn't have the same role as Ellington as he just came on when Mendy was gassed. The rookie will go back to his third-string role as soon Ellington returns.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:10:00 PM

Stepfan Taylor rushed 14 times for 38 yards in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Falcons.

With Rashard Mendenhall (toe) inactive, Taylor served as the power option behind electric starter Andre Ellington. He consistently slammed into the line, showing very little lateral ability or juice while just bulling his way for yards. It's a poor style for fantasy success. Even if Mendy isn't healthy following the Week 8 bye, Taylor won't be on the fantasy radar.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 07:52:00 PM

With Rashard Mendenhall (toe) not expected to play in Week 8 against the Falcons, the Cardinals will use Stepfan Taylor as Andre Ellington's primary backup and Alfonso Smith as their passing-down back.

Smith will be the main passing-down back because he's Arizona's best pass protector. And the Cardinals need pass protectors in the backfield because their front five is a sieve. Ryan Williams is uncertain whether he'll be active. So expect Ellington in the lead back role -- not quite feature back role -- with Taylor mixing in on early downs and Smith picking up oncoming blitzers.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 05:30:00 PM

Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor didn't touch the ball in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Rams.

Taylor was active over third-year pro Ryan Williams, but ran behind Alfonso Smith, and was limited to special teams. He actually appeared to be behind fellow rookie Andre Ellington on the depth chart, who drew three targets in the passing game. With Smith managing just 26 yards on 10 carries this afternoon, it's quite possible Taylor will get a look in Week 2 against the Lions, but he remains comfortably off the re-draft radar for the time being.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 08:28:00 PM

XTRA 910 Phoenix's Mike Jurecki expects Cardinals rookie RB Stepfan Taylor to handle short-yardage and goal-line work.

Jurecki was asked who Rashard Mendenhall's direct backup is, and he replied with Taylor. Ryan Williams is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Week 1 depth chart. He didn't show much in the preseason while he tried to work through knee complications. Taylor averaged just 3.2 YPC on 29 exhibition attempts. The Cardinals' running back situation is one to avoid in fantasy.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 02:20:00 PM

Cardinals rookie RB Stepfan Taylor had two carries for nine yards in Saturday's preseason game.

He added two catches for 15 yards. With Rashard Mendenhall potentially dealing with a serious knee injury, Taylor could be a candidate for early-season fantasy value. He has 29 carries for 92 yards (3.2 YPC) through three preseason games and is competing for backup duties with Ryan Williams.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 02:59:00 AM

Cardinals rookie RB Stepfan Taylor rushed 21 times for 63 yards in Friday night's preseason opener.

It's the kind of back Taylor is: an inside grinder who'll never rush for a high yards-per-carry average or break big plays. Aside from a 14-yard run, Taylor's YPC against the Packers was 2.45. He's no threat to Rashard Mendenhall.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Cardinals rookie RB Stepfan Taylor worked with position coach Stump Mitchell this week after missing OTAs and mandatory minicamp because of the NFL's graduation rule.

"Being the running back with us the primary thing (Taylor) has to know is his protections," Mitchell said. "His running skills and his ability to catch all of those things are natural as (a) running back." Taylor, who graduated last week, will vie to make the club as a reserve. With starter Rashard Mendenhall and third-year pro Ryan Williams each having recent injury issues, the rookie from Stanford might be worth monitoring during training camp.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 06:54:00 PM

Cardinals fifth-round RB Stepfan Taylor will not participate in this week's OTAs due to his commitments at Stanford.

Taylor will be the only Cardinal on the entire roster not in attendance Tuesday. It's not his fault, but it's also not the best way to kick off a career. Taylor projects to eventually be part of a tight battle for snaps with Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams and Andre Ellington.
Tue, May 14, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Cardinals signed fifth-round RB Stepfan Taylor to a four-year contract.

Taylor may have reminded coach Bruce Arians of Vick Ballard, who was Arians' feature back for a year in Indianapolis. He is a sub-average talent with pass-protection skills and a workmanlike on-field play style. Taylor enters a crowded Arizona backfield competing for snaps with more talented options Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, and fellow rookie Andre Ellington.
Fri, May 10, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Cardinals selected Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor with the No. 140 overall pick.

Taylor (5-foot-9 1/8, 214) succeeded Toby Gerhart as Stanford's bellcow back, rushing for 3,997 yards and 38 touchdowns on 787 carries (5.08 YPC) over the past three seasons. He made 97 career receptions. Despite great stats, Taylor is a poor man's Vick Ballard with pass-blocking chops but below-average run talent. He runs with a frenetic, choppy style, left too many yards on the field in college, and generally only gets what's blocked. Taylor's fullbackish 4.76 forty at the Combine ranked 27th-of-33 backs. His 1.64 ten-yard split was 26th. Taylor has the tape of a late-round pick and measurables of an undrafted free agent. He's a poor bet to beat out Rashard Mendenhall or Ryan Williams for snaps.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 02:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Ryan Lindley
RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3Jonathan Dwyer
4Jalen Parmele
5Zach Bauman
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Jonathan Dwyer
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Dan Buckner
5Kevin Ozier
WR21Michael Floyd
2Ted Ginn
3Jaron Brown
4Walter Powell
5Kelsey Pope
WR31Ted Ginn
TE1John Carlson
2Jake Ballard
3Rob Housler
4Troy Niklas
5Darren Fells
K1Jay Feely
2Danny Hrapmann
3Chandler Catanzaro