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.
Taylor garnered just four of the Cardinals' 77 offensive snaps in Monday's win versus the Jets. With a pair of rushes for 14 yards, including one for 12 yards, Taylor matched his carry count on the season. Active for the fifth time in six games, Taylor has been afforded just nine offensive snaps this season, as special teams is his domain with 99 snaps in that realm to date. Expect garbage time to be the extent of his work with the offense as long as the top-2 running backs read David Johnson and Andre Ellington.
Taylor (knee) is active for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. A bruised knee forced Taylor to the sideline in Week 1. With limited practice sessions in advance of Sunday's game, though, Taylor is in line to handle his typical workload on special teams.
Taylor (knee) is questionable for Arizona's Week 2 contest against Tampa Bay, Cardinals' insider Mike Jurecki reports. Taylor was limited in practice all week, making his questionable status fairly predictable. He's the team's No. 4 option at tail back, making it unlikely he has any fantasy impact even if he's active for the game.
Taylor (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. The session marks Taylor's third in a row as a limited participant, but his progress this week will indicate whether his first game action of the season will come to pass. If he does suit up Sunday versus the Buccaneers, he'll be contained to special teams duty due to the Cardinals' substantial running back depth.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||San Francisco 49ers||33||27.13|
|6||10/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||18.75|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|9||11/05||@San Francisco 49ers||33||27.13|
|13||12/03||Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||7||14.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||28||93||0||4||28||1||17|