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Lorenzo Taliaferro | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/23/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 226
College: Coastal Carolina
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Ravens placed RB Lorenzo Taliaferro on injured reserve with a sprained foot, ending his season.
Taliaferro sat out Week 15, but was listed with knee and ankle issues. It's unclear how severe his foot injury is. Foot sprains can be very tricky injuries for running backs to heal up from. A fourth-rounder out of small-school Coastal Carolina, Taliaferro had an impressive rookie season, averaging 4.3 yards on 68 carries. He scored four touchdowns, and added eight receptions. Taliaferro spent some time in coach John Harbaugh's doghouse for fumbling issues, but is a more intriguing long-term prospect than Bernard Pierce. Taliaferro could get a chance to lead the Ravens' backfield in 2015. Tue, Dec 16, 2014 02:51:00 PM

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Lorenzo Taliaferro (ankle/knee) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Per reporter Aaron Wilson, Taliaferro could "just as easily be ruled out." Translated, he isn't going to play against the Jaguars. Expect Bernard Pierce to fill in as the No. 2 back behind Justin Forsett this week. Forsett is set up for a monster workload in a game where Baltimore is a heavy favorite.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 02:14:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee, ankle) remained sidelined Thursday, and is expected to miss Week 15.

The word that Taliaferro is likely to sit comes from beat writer Aaron Wilson. It means Bernard Pierce will handle back-up work behind Justin Forsett.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee, ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Taliaferro is day to day with knee and ankle sprains. His status for Week 15 is in question. Taliaferro will be updated again on Thursday.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:53:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro has been diagnosed with sprains in his knee and ankle.

He's "day to day," the Ravens are saying. Taliaferro rushed seven times for 35 yards and had a 20-yard reception in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. Taliaferro is uncertain to play in Week 15 against Jacksonville.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 04:26:00 PM

With Justin Forsett playing through a knee injury, Lorenzo Taliaferro was re-involved in the Ravens' offense for their Week 14 win over the Dolphins, rushing seven times for 35 yards.

He added a 20-yard reception. The eight touches were Taliaferro's first in a month. Taliaferro was clearly ahead of Bernard Pierce on the depth chart, but Pierce managed to turn his three touches into 50 yards of his own. Taliaferro got a carry from the Dolphins' two-yard line in the fourth quarter, but couldn't cash it in for a score. Although it was nice to see Taliaferro out of the doghouse, he can't be counted on as an RB3 for Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Coach John Harbaugh insists Lorenzo Taliaferro isn't in the doghouse.

Taliaferro has barely been used since fumbling in Week 9, totaling three carries over the last three games. Justin Forsett is playing at an All-Pro level and Bernard Pierce has taken over No. 2 duties. Taliaferro remains a Dynasty hold as Forsett is on a one-year deal and Pierce has scuffled badly since an impressive 2012 rookie campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 10 yards on three carries in the Ravens' Week 10 win over the Titans.

After losing a critical fumble in last week's loss to Pittsburgh, Taliaferro was demoted behind Bernard Pierce in this game. He didn't play a snap until midway through the fourth quarter, when Pierce left with an apparent arm or elbow injury. Taliaferro will have low-end flex value when he plays ahead of Pierce, but is useless when Pierce plays ahead of him. And there is no predictability in the Ravens' No. 2-back usage. Taliaferro is just an RB4 stash entering a Week 11 bye. He needs Justin Forsett to get injured to become a truly start-able asset.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed seven times for 21 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Steelers, adding three catches for 34 yards.

Taliaferro was used in a committee with Justin Forsett, but saw limited snaps after losing a fumble in the second quarter. He struggled in short-yardage situations and didn't get any red-zone opportunities. Taliaferro will be just a touchdown-dependent RB4 for Week 10.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 12:54:00 AM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed seven times for 27 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 42 yards in the Ravens' Week 8 loss to the Bengals.

Taliaferro was Baltimore's No. 2 back behind Justin Forsett this week, with Bernard Pierce a healthy scratch. The fourth-round pick consistently replaced Justin Forsett in short-yardage situations, scoring twice on red-zone carries. An underrated asset in the passing game, "Zo" wound up leading the Ravens in receiving yards against the Bengals. Taliaferro's usage will probably be hit or miss going forward behind Forsett, but he won't be a bad bet for short TDs on a weekly basis as long as he keeps his current role. He's worth rostering everywhere. The Ravens face a soft Pittsburgh run defense next.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 04:21:00 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects Lorenzo Taliaferro to take over as Baltimore's goal-line back in the absence of Bernard Pierce.

Pierce is a healthy scratch against the Bengals and appears to have been passed by Taliaferro on the depth chart. Although Taliaferro's fantasy usefulness has been hit-or-miss all season, the fourth-round rookie out of Coastal Carolina is averaging a rock-solid 4.52 YPC and now has a bead on red-zone carries in Gary Kubiak's running back-friendly offense entering a plus Week 8 matchup against the Bengals' league-worst run defense. Taliaferro is suddenly a compelling flex option in TD-heavy fantasy leagues and should be owned in all 12- and 14-teamers.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Lorenzo Taliaferro was held to three yards on four carries in the Ravens' Week 7 loss to the Falcons.

Taliaferro has fallen clearly behind Justin Forsett and Bernard Pierce, and is no longer worth waiting on in 12-team leagues. He remains borderline stash-worthy in 14- and 16-teamers, but would need a Forsett or Pierce injury to matter.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 29 yards on two carries in the Ravens' Week 6 win over the Bucs.

He added two catches for 18 yards. Taliaferro was the clear No. 3 back behind Justin Forsett and Bernard Pierce. Pierce out-touched Taliaferro 15-4 and also scored a touchdown. Taliaferro isn't worth holding onto in 12-team leagues with Forsett producing as the starter and Pierce making a move up the depth chart.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 18 yards on five carries in Baltimore's Week 5 loss to Indianapolis.

Taliaferro was the second back through the rotation behind Justin Forsett. Bernard Pierce was No. 3 and out-gained Taliaferro 30-18 on one less carry. Taliaferro had a chance to score on a 3rd-and-1 from the 3-yard line but ran right into the back of his offensive lineman and was stopped for no gain. Joe Flacco was sacked on the next play to turn the ball over on downs. Forsett will continue to lead this committee, but Pierce could push Taliaferro for No. 2 duties now that he's healthy.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed 15 times for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' Week 4 win over the Panthers.

Taliaferro was utilized as Baltimore's "breather" back in the first half, before racking up garbage-time carries in the blowout. The fourth-round rookie did not run with as much purpose or decisiveness as he did in last week's win over the Browns, but did run clearly ahead of Bernard Pierce, who didn't play at all against the Panthers. Taliaferro will remain a dicey flex play in Week 5 at Indianapolis. Justin Forsett simply outplayed him on Sunday. Over his last two games, Taliaferro has 149 yards and two touchdowns on 33 runs (4.52 YPC).
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Keith Wenning
3Bryn Renner
RB1Lorenzo Taliaferro
2Bernard Pierce
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
GLB1Lorenzo Taliaferro
2Bernard Pierce
3RB1Lorenzo Taliaferro
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Steve Smith Sr.
2Kamar Aiken
3Jacoby Jones
WR21Marlon Brown
2Michael Campanaro
WR31Marlon Brown
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Crockett Gillmore
3Phillip Supernaw
4Konrad Reuland
K1Justin Tucker