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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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Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart.
Thanks to Jonathan Dwyer's deactivation, Taylor will now be the primary "big back" complement to Andre Ellington. It's not a high-upside position outside of a potential goal-line vulture and weak handcuff. Sep 18 - 11:38 AM

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Stepfan Taylor caught three passes for 21 yards and one touchdown in Arizona's Week 1 win over the Chargers, adding five yards rushing on one attempt.

Taylor was the third back in the game behind Andre Ellington (foot) and Jonathan Dwyer. He got some run in the red zone early in the fourth quarter while Ellington nursed his injury. Taylor ended up catching a five-yard score from Carson Palmer on a rollout. Taylor isn't a fantasy option, and won't be anything more than a weak one in the event Ellington ever misses extended time.
Sep 9 - 2:14 AM

Stepfan Taylor rushed two times for 10 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Taylor didn't get any first-team reps, as he's clearly lost out to Jonathan Dwyer for the No. 2 job. Through three preseason games, Taylor has rushed 19 times for just 36 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards. He has the look of a borderline NFL talent.
Aug 24 - 11:26 PM

Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for nine yards on nine carries against the Texans.

Taylor's competition for the No. 2 job, Jonathan Dwyer, didn't fare much better, managing only seven yards on four carries. More important than the stats, Taylor was the second back through the gate, and is leading the race to back up Andre Ellington.
Aug 9 - 11:25 PM

Stepfan Taylor is listed as the No. 2 tailback on the Cardinals' first depth chart of training camp.

He seems comfortably ahead of Jonathan Dwyer, who's on the third team with UDFA Zach Bauman. Taylor lacks starting-caliber athleticism and was unimpressive as a rookie (3.2 YPC), but the coaching staff seems to love him. He has an outside chance at low-end flex value if he wins the old Rashard Mendenhall role. Andre Ellington is tough to buy as a true workhorse back.
Aug 6 - 8:44 PM

Stepfan Taylor ran as the first-team running back at Cardinals practice Tuesday with Andre Ellington sidelined by a neck injury.

Taylor is competing with Jonathan Dwyer for the big-back role in coach Bruce Arians' offense. Dwyer was expected to have an edge since he worked with Arians in Pittsburgh, but Arians' decision to run Taylor with the ones suggests he has a lead. Whoever wins the job will offer some goal-line potential.
Jul 29 - 9:23 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3Jalen Parmele
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Andre Ellington
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Ted Ginn
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1John Carlson
2Troy Niklas
3Rob Housler
4Darren Fells
K1Chandler Catanzaro