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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:11:09 -0700
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expanded on how the team plans to use RB Andre Ellington this year at the owners meetings this week. "He is still not a guy who you will pound up the middle 30 times a game and survive," Arians said. "He can run the football 30 times a game if you do it correctly, but you'd rather have him have 10 catches and 20 carries and let Stepfan Taylor or (Jonathan) Dwyer have the rest of the carries pound the rest of the ball up in there."
Fantasy Tip: This much is clear: The Cardinals want Ellington to be their lead back, but like most teams these days, they'll be wary not to overuse him. But Ellington will see plenty of touches each game, probably enough to make him a legitimate RB2 with upside to break out. He's an ideal candidate in PPR formats, too.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:33:13 -0800
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has added 10 pounds already this offseason. Head coach Bruce Arians said they want to build the offense around him.
Fantasy Tip: Ellington will likely be Arizona's lead back next season with Rashard Mendenhall expected to depart in free agency. However, Stepfan Taylor should cut into Ellington's touches enough to make him more of an RB2. Ellington will be more valuable in point-per-reception leagues.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:04:40 -0800
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is confident in RB Stepfan Taylor as a complement to RB Andre Ellington if impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall leaves in free agency.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:58:46 -0800
The Arizona Cardinals have declared LB Dontay Moch, OG Earl Watford, TE Rob Housler, DL Ron Talley, QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams, RB Stepfan Taylor inactive for Week 15.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:36:46 -0700
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) is listed as doubtful for Week 8. RB Andre Ellington likely will start at running back with RB Stepfan Taylor being the No. 2 running back. Head coach Bruce Arians said RB Ryan Williams could be active for the game, but that would be a game-time decision.
Fantasy Tip: Ellington probably will receive most of the work at running back if Mendenhall is out for the game. Ellington should be seen as a No. 2 running back or flex option for most owners this week.
Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:26:01 -0700
It appears as though Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams will stay inactive on game days unless there is an injury to a running back ahead of him on the depth chart. RB Stepfan Taylor has added value because of his importance on special teams.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:17:46 -0700
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams is now listed fifth on the running back depth chart behind (in order) RBs Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington. Ellington is listed fourth despite having eight offensive snaps to Taylor's zero in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:51:55 -0700
Arizona Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki believes RB Stepfan Taylor will be used in short-yardage situations and will see the goal line carries.
Fantasy Tip: Taylor is listed as the third RB on the depth chart behind Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams, so don't look for him to make much of a fantasy splash, at least initially. He is worth stashing away in long-term keeper formats.
Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:39:11 -0700
Arizona Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell is spending his vacation working with rookie RB Stepfan Taylor, working on plays and protections. Taylor did not participate in organized team activities (OTAs) or minicamp due to the fact Taylor just graduated from Stanford Saturday, June 15.
Fantasy Tip: The coaching staff says Taylor has quickly caught up, as Stanford uses a similar offense with just different terminology. Taylor is among a handful of running backs vying for touches, with Rashard Mendenhall believed to be the clear-cut No. 1 right now. However, Taylor will have all of training camp and the preseason to make his bid for more playing time. Right now, he has minimal fantasy appeal, but that all could change quickly.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:53:17 -0700
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said on NFL AM that "there's no doubt" RB Rashard Mendenhall would be the featured back if the season started Wednesday, June 19. Arians is shying away from the notion that this is a time share. Mendenhall is also ready to go after fighting Achilles' tendonitis last year following early-2012 knee surgery.
Fantasy Tip: Hard to believe Mendy turns 26 today. Arians' history with Mendenhall will help with the transition, and as long as he's healthy, he'll take the lion's share of carries away from Ryan Williams, Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor. Mendenhall is a second fantasy back that might be the victim of overvaluation.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:11:22 -0700
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he expects RB Stepfan Taylor to be able to catch up during training camp after he was unable to take part in offseason workouts because Stanford was still in school. Taylor will spend some time with time with running backs coach Stump Mitchell next week.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:46:10 -0700
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall has clearly been the top option in the backfield. He's looked good hitting holes, stable in pass protection and catching out of the backfield.
Fantasy Tip: There's a bit of competition behind Mendy, but his experience and style should make him the top inside runner as long as he's healthy. Still, investing in him as anything more than an RB3 won't be comfortable, considering Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington each may still have a shot to earn considerable reps.
Fri, 10 May 2013 10:41:31 -0700
The Arizona Cardinals have signed fifth-round draft choice RB Stepfan Taylor, sixth-round draft choices WR Ryan Swope and RB Andre Ellington, and seventh-round draft choice TE D.C. Jefferson to four-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Thu, 02 May 2013 18:12:26 -0700
Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor will compete for playing time this year behind RB Rashard Mendenhall. As The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers suggests, Taylor isn't a very fast running back, but he's elusive and durable. RB Ryan Williams has had serious injuries in each of the last two years.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:37:58 -0800
The running backs hit the field at the NFL Scouting Combine, recording their official times in the 40-yard dash. Florida RB Mike Gillislee, Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy, Texas Christian RB Matthew Tucker and Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood posted times of 4.55 seconds. California RB C.J. Anderson and Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell checked in at 4.60 seconds, while Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle managed a time of 4.63 seconds. Wisconsin RB Montee Ball had a time of 4.66 seconds, Notre Dame RB Theo Riddick, Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison, Nevada RB Stefphon Jefferson and Temple RB Montel Harris each had times of 4.68 seconds. Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead registered a time of 4.73 seconds, Cincinnati RB George Winn posted a time of 4.75 seconds and Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor had a time of 4.76 seconds. Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse and Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham rounded out the group with a time of 4.80 seconds.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:45:02 -0800
Florida RB Mike Gillislee, Cincinnati RB George Winn and California RB C.J. Anderson checked in at 9-foot-11 in the broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 24. Notre Dame RB Theo Riddick, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell, Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams and Texas Christian RB Matthew Tucker posted totals of 9-foot-10. Nevada RB Stefphon Jefferson managed a total of 9-foot-9, Miami RB Mike James and UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin had totals of 9-foot-7 and Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse checked in with a total of 9-foot-6. Temple RB Montel Harris registered a 9-foot-5 mark, while Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham was at 9-foot-4, with Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison and Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor rounding out the group at 9-foot-2.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:18:24 -0800
North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard had 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 24. Temple RB Montel Harris also had 19 reps, while UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin and Pittsburgh RB Ray Graham each managed 18 reps. Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams, Texas Christian RB Matthew Tucker, California RB C.J. Anderson and Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor totaled 17 reps. Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood had 16 reps, while Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, Nevada Stefphon Jefferson, Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse and Florida RB Mike Gillislee rounded out the group with 15 reps.
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:35:29 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is searching for a running back in this year's draft. "We need that shifty back that can come in and be that change-of-pace guy who can catch passes out of the backfield, a guy that can run routes and get one-on-one with a linebacker," Mayhew said. "That's what Jahvid gave us, a guy with some juice, some elusiveness." Oregon RB Kenjon Barner, Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor and Florida RB Mike Gillislee were the most impressive at the Senior Bowl this week, and Taylor is the most complete back of the three.