Stepfan Taylor
Stepfan Taylor
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Agreed to four-year, $2.37 million contract with the Cardinals in May 2013
Entering unrestricted free agency
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January 9, 2017
Taylor, who earned 56 percent of the Cardinals' special teams snaps in 2016, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Within a backfield dominated by All-Pro David Johnson, Taylor was almost exclusively contained to special teams this season, earning just 11 snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Kerwynn Williams acted as change-of-pace options, depending on the health of the running backs behind David Johnson. Taylor may explore the upcoming free-agent market to learn if a backup RB role is possible elsewhere, but his proficiency as a special teamer may be enough for the four-year pro to remain with the only organization he's ever known.
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How do Stepfan Taylor's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
214 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.76 sec
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
Cone Drill
7.13 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
Broad Jump
110 in
Bench Press
17 reps
Hand Length
9.63 in
Arm Length
30.13 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Taylor heads into his fourth season buried on the Cardinals' depth chart behind the likes of David Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Andre Ellington. A fifth-round draft pick in 2013, Taylor is a regular on special teams, but his standing on the depth chart doesn't lend itself to relevance in the fantasy realm.
The Cardinals picked up Taylor and Andre Ellington in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively, of the 2013 NFL Draft. While Ellington was a revelation as a rookie, averaging 5.5 YPC as a complement to primary running back Rashard Mendenhall, Taylor received just 44 combined touches out of the backfield. Following Mendenhall's retirement and Ryan Williams' departure in free agency, Taylor was poised for a much larger share of the RB workload last year, but a lingering tendon issue in Ellington's left foot didn't afford Taylor valuable reps until the former was lost for the season after hernia surgery on Dec. 8. The expected development didn't come to pass, as Kerwynn Williams received a surprise start in Week 14 and responded with a 100-yard effort on the ground. Over the course of the final four games, Williams took 53 carries for 246 yards (4.6 YPC), while Taylor played second fiddle, earning 38 runs for 125 yards (3.3 YPC). After adding David and Chris Johnson to the running-back mix, Taylor can't expect touches to be a consistent occurrence in the fall.
Stanford's career leader in rushing yards (4,300) and touchdowns (40, plus five receiving), Taylor had a quiet rookie season, seeing minimal work and producing just 3.2 YPC while Andre Ellington – selected a round after him – exploded onto the scene in the second half of the year. He's now the backup to Ellington essentially by default, as the Cardinals chose to let Ryan Williams go over the offseason, while Rashard Mendenhall retired. Of course, last year's sample doesn't amount to a body of work, so it remains to be seen what Taylor can do with consistent touches. We'll find out this year, as the Cardinals don't want to overwork the undersized Ellington, meaning they should consistently find 5-10 touches per game for Taylor. And if Ellington goes down, only the less-than-exciting Jonathan Dwyer will stand in Taylor's way. While he's not the fastest running back out there, Taylor has great vision and patience, and is a sure-handed receiver who can produce in PPR formats if he can find the playing time.
The Cardinals' fifth-round draft pick, Taylor is Stanford's career-leader in rushing yards (4,300) and total touchdowns (45). Taylor is not a bruising back, but at 5-9, 214, he's not small, either, and his quick feet and perpetually churning legs allow him to evade and drive through defenders when going between the tackles. The Arizona backfield is crowded with former Steelers workhorse Rashard Mendenhall, the likely starter, Ryan Williams, and fellow rookie Andre Ellington, but Taylor has promise as the first skill player drafted in the Bruce Arians era. Moreover, Mendenhall and Williams carry durability questions, making Taylor an intriguing prospect, even if he enters the season third on the depth chart.
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Garners four snaps Monday
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October 18, 2016
Taylor garnered just four of the Cardinals' 77 offensive snaps in Monday's win versus the Jets.
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Active Sunday
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September 18, 2016
Taylor (knee) is active for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Questionable for Sunday's game
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September 16, 2016
Taylor (knee) is questionable for Arizona's Week 2 contest against Tampa Bay, Cardinals' insider Mike Jurecki reports.
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Limited Wednesday
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September 14, 2016
Taylor (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Inactive Sunday
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September 11, 2016
Taylor (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Patriots, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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