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30 Stepfan Taylor RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/214 | Birthdate: 6/9/1991 | Birthplace: Arlington, TX, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Stanford | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 19/1 | Average Draft Position: 168.14
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Stepfan Taylor scores first career touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cardinals second-year running back Stepfan Taylor scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard catch in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Chargers. Taylor finished with three catches for 21 yards and added a 5-yard carry.

He'll continue to mix in behind Andre Ellington and Jonathan Dwyer.


Jonathan Dwyer will likely start Week 1 if Andre Ellington is a no-go


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) If Andre Ellington (foot) is unable to play Monday night against the Chargers, Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer would likely start in his place Week 1, according to the Arizona Republic on Friday.

Ellington is nursing a foot issue that could keep him out an "extended period time," according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910.

Dwyer signed with Arizona in the offseason after starting only six of his first 36 career games. He has totaled 971 yards on 230 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt on the ground. Stepfan Taylor should also see some reps if Ellington sits out the opener.

Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have distinct roles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Although Stepfan Taylor has been running ahead of Jonathan Dwyer in training camp, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the running backs are not competing for the backup role behind Andre Ellington. Instead, Arians plans to use each back based on his strengths.

"We have all the confidence in the world in Stepfan and Jonathan," Arians said. "Jonathan had a big, long run (Tuesday) and Stef did an unbelievable job in pass protection. It’s an ongoing thing, and we’ll use them both.

"We won’t really have a two and a three. They’ll have roles and go into games with roles so everybody knows exactly what to expect. And when your number’s called to increase your role, you better be ready."


Stepfan Taylor preparing for improved role


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) Cardinals second-year running back Stepfan Taylor says he prepared every week last season as if he were the starter, even though he wasn't. But with Rashard Mendenhall retiring, ESPN says to "watch" for Taylor to take over the power rushing role with the Cardinals in tandem with Andre Ellington. 

But that's assuming the Cardinals don't draft another back. They've already signed Jonathan Dwyer this offseason and Ryan Williams is still on the roster. 

"Like I said, I prepare to be the starter," Taylor said. "Whatever they do, I just got to be prepared."

Taylor could be in the neighborhood of eight touches per game when Ellington is healthy, much more if Ellington misses playing time. He could also work as the goal-line back. You'll see him drafted late in Fantasy leagues. 


Cards GM has 'great expectations' for Stepfan Taylor


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Running back Stepfan Taylor averaged 3.2 yards on 36 carries as a rookie, but general manager Steve Keim envisions Taylor with a much bigger role in 2014. Keim likes Taylor's power and noted he was used late in Arizona's Week 16 win in Seattle.

"He's a guy that we have great expectations for," Keim said. "I think the future's really bright for him."

Assuming Rashard Mendenhall leaves via free agency, Taylor could siphon carries away from Andre Ellington and possibly serve as the goal-line back.


Cardinals get offensive contributions from role players in finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Cardinals received several offensive contributions from a few role players during Sunday's loss to the 49ers in Week 17.

Tight Rob Housler led the way with five grabs for 78 yards on six targets. Stepfan Taylor rushed for seven yards on two carries and had one reception for 7 yards. Jim Dray caught one pass for a gain of 18 yards. Jaron Brown and Brittan Golden were each targeted once but held without a grab in a 23-20 defeat.

Cardinals get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Cardinals got several minor offensive contributions in their Week 15 win at Tennessee. Running back Stepfan Taylor carried three times for 6 yards, receiver Brittan Golden caught a 16-yard pass, wideout Andre Roberts caught two passes for 15 yards and tight end Jim Dray had a 9-yard reception.


Cardinals backup pass catchers do little Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Cardinals TE Jim Dray, WR Jaron Brown, RB Stepfan Taylor and WR Andre Roberts did little Week 14 against the Rams.

Dray played the biggest impact, catching three passes for 32 yards. He had a touchdown overturned after he did not break the plane. Dray also fumbled on the play, and the Rams were awarded the ball, so it was the worst possible outcome. Brown caught one pass for 32 yards. Taylor caught three balls, but had just 16 yards. He also had two rushes for 9 yards. Roberts caught one ball for 8 yards. They'll take on the Titans Week 15.


Stepfan Taylor has 60 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor took advantage of Andre Ellington's inactivity in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Eagles, running the ball three times for 15 yards and catching two passes for 45.

The 60 total yards were a season high for Taylor; he ran 14 times for 38 yards in Week 8 against the Falcons, but had caught just two passes all season. 

The Cardinals face the Rams in Week 14. 


Cardinals backup pass catchers do little against Colts


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Cardinals WR Andre Roberts, WR Jaron Brown, RB Alfonso Smith and RB Stepfan Taylor did little Week 12 against the Colts.

Roberts turned in the best game, picking up 43 yards on three receptions. Brown caught just one pass for 16 yards. Smith and Taylor each had one catch. Smith gained 6 yards, while Taylor gained just 1 yard.

They'll take on the Eagles Week 13. 


Stepfan Taylor picks up two carries


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor carried the ball twice Week 10 against the Texans.

Taylor only picked up 6 yards on his two attempts. He was not a target in the passing game. With the team utilizing both Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington, Taylor isn't likely to get much work most weeks.

Taylor will face the Jaguars Week 11.


Stepfan Taylor does little against Falcons


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor failed to make an impact Week 8 against the Falcons.

Taylor saw nearly as many carries as Andre Ellington, but did not come close to matching Ellington's numbers. Taylor had just 38 yards on 14 carries. He was not utilized in the passing game. 

The Cardinals are on a bye next week. They play the Texans Week 10.


Cardinals get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Several Cardinals made minor offensive contributions in the loss at San Francisco. Running back Stepfan Taylor ran twice for 7 yards, while running back Alfonso Smith ran once for 2 yards and lost a fumble.

Receivers Andre Roberts and Jaron Brown each caught a 5-yard pass, with Roberts targeted four times and Brown once. Tight end Jim Dray made a 4-yard grab.


Rob Housler, Stepfan Taylor make contribution


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) The Cardinals got small contributions from tight end Rob Housler and running back Stepfan Taylor Week 3 at New Orleans. Each caught their first pass of the season. Housler's went for 13 yards, and Taylor's went for 2.

Cardinals backup running backs get limited work


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) Cardinals running backs Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith got limited work against the Lions.

Taylor picked up 2 yards on 1 carry, while Smith had just 1 yard on 3 carries. Smith also had 1 catch for 5 yards. They will take on the Saints Week 3.


Cardinals reserves put in work in preseason opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) With both Ryan Williams and Rashard Mendenhall out for Friday's preseason opener against the Packers, the Cardinals had plenty of opportunities to put the bottom half of their depth chart to work. Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith received almost all of the work at running back in the game.

Taylor was the more impressive of the two runners, as he led the team with 64 rushing yards. He also got the bulk of the work, running the ball 20 times while being targeted once in the passing game. Smith started the game but was ineffective, rushing for just 21 yards on 12 carries. 

Smith and Taylor are battling for the possible third running back spot on the depth chart. 


Rashard Mendenhall joins Ryan Williams on sideline


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/4/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall joined teammate Ryan Williams on the injury list Saturday when he was held out of practice with knee tendinitis according to the Arizona Republic. Coach Bruce Arians doesn't consider the issue serious and says Mendenhall will be back Monday. 

Of course, Arians said last week he expected Williams in action soon and he's on crutches. A knee issue that required a doctor's visit has kept him out of action. He's unlikely to play in the Cardinals' first preseason game.

Rookies Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington along with veteran Alfonso Smith are taking reps in their place. 


Stepfan Taylor working with RB coach


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2013) In an effort to not fall behind when training camp kicks into high gear, Cardinals rookie rusher Stepfan Taylor has been working with running backs coach Stump Mitchell over the last few weeks, reports 910 XTRA-AM in Phoenix. Taylor was unable to work out with the team in the spring because Stanford's class schedule ran through those dates and league rules prohibit incoming players from working with their new teams so long as classes are scheduled.

Taylor is expected to compete for playing time in camp this summer. 


Stepfan Taylor putting in extra time


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2013) Cardinals rookie running back Stepfan Taylor wasn't allowed to participate in the team's offseason workouts because his college's graduation date was past the dates of the practices. But once the date passed, Taylor reported to his team's facility to begin readying himself for the 2013 season. 

Taylor was joined by running backs coach Stump Mitchell, who postponed a vacation to help Taylor get acclimated to the offense. While other Cardinals players were away, Taylor was watching film and learning playcalls. 

"Stepfan is a smart guy," Mitchell said. "Being the running back with us the primary thing (Taylor) has to know is his protections. He has to do that. His running skills and his ability to catch all of those things are natural as running back. ... I think it's going to be quite easy for him to grasp it."


Rashard Mendenhall starting for Cardinals


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2013) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians made it clear Wednesday that Rashard Mendenhall is the starting running back heading into training camp. Arians said on the NFL Network that "there's no doubt" that Mendenhall would be the featured back if the season started today.

"He took me personally to a Super Bowl, and I know what he can bring to the table as a runner and a pass protector and also a receiver," Arians said, courtesy of NFL.com. "He's an every-down player. And I think he's looking forward to having an outstanding season."

Arians said Mendenhall is "ready to go" after dealing with complications from his torn ACL at the end of 2011, and he considers Mendenhall a three-down running back. That leaves Ryan Williams as the No. 2 running back heading into training camp, and he's expected to be used in a change-of-pace role.

Rookies Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor are clearly behind Mendenhall and Williams on the depth chart.


Taylor could be in mix to start


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/14/2013) The Cardinals official team website reports that the running back battle for the starting job between Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams and rookies Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington could be wide open. “You really can’t tell until the lights come on,” coach Bruce Arians said. “... Until you turn the lights on, you really don’t know about them.” Mendenhall had his best years under Arians in Pittsburgh and now that he’s had so much time to recover from his knee issues – plus his one-year-need-to-prove-it contract – he could be primed for a rebound season. Williams seems certain he will be effective this year, after never being certain in his knee early last season before suffering his shoulder problem. If both come through, Taylor and Ellington won’t be needed. Even if they are, they have to show they are ready.

Cardinals draft Taylor


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/27/2013) The Cardinals selected Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor with their fifth-round (No. 140) pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Taylor, the team's first offensive skill player taken in the draft, rushed for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2012 season. During his career in Palo Alto, he also set the school's rushing record with 4,300 yards. A three-year starter at Stanford, Taylor amassed 97 receptions and 45 touchdowns in his collegiate career. The Cardinal tailback appeared in three BCS games and was named the Offensive MVP at the 2013 Rose Bowl.