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Stepfan Taylor RB - ARI

Experience: 3 YRS   Height: 5'9"   Weight: 215  Bye: 9
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers reports that RB Stepfan Taylor is expected to miss "significant time" with a calf strain suffered in Sunday's game against the Eagles.  That bumps RB Marion Grice up to #2 on the depth chart.  We'll see if Arizona plans to use Grice near the goal line, but we wouldn't bother adding him to fantasy rosters right now.  Taylor can obviously be dropped.

Update: Insider Mike Jurecki hears that Taylor will be out 2-4 weeks.

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Stepfan Taylor is listed as the #2 RB on the Cardinals' initial depth chart, ahead of RB Jonathan Dwyer.  This is a battle worth monitoring closely because Arizona doesn't want to overwork starter Andre Ellington.  The #2 RB could see 100+ carries, including goal-line work.  Ellington also carries a fairly extensive injury history.

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After studying Stepfan Taylor's college tape, NFL Films guru Greg Cosell doesn't believe the Cardinals rookie is feature-back material.  "I don't think, personally, based on my film study and conversations I've had, that he's a starting back," Cosell said.  "I wonder if his skill set is good enough to be a #1 back."  Taylor is a burly 5'9, 216-pounder but lacks burst.  He ran a sluggish 4.76-second 40 time at the Combine.  We've heard some buzz about Taylor winning Arizona's starting RB job this year, but we're not buying it.  Cosell does like his chances of becoming a valuable passing-down back, though.  "I think Taylor will be very good as a sub-package player," Cosell said.  "He's a terrific pass protector, and he's a very good route-runner."   The Cards could use those skills since Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams are no better than average in the passing game.  Still, Taylor is unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2013 and has limited long-term upside.

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