Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro had three carries for 13 yards and one catch for 11 yards in Thursday's 23-20 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers .
Taliaferro still seems to be the preferred choice for goal-line and short-yardage work, but his grip on the No. 2 spot on the depth chart may be slipping. Rookie Javorius Allen had five carries for 19 yards, suggesting that he's more or less even with Taliaferro as co-No. 2 running backs. If lead back Justin Forsett were to suffer an injury, his two backups would likely both take on big roles, with Taliaferro more focused on inside running and goal-line/short-yardage situations, whereas Allen would get some of the early-down work and nearly all of the passing-down work.
The second-year runner had a strong showing in limited work against Oakland, but he found the sledding much tougher in Week 3 and was minimally involved in the offense. Starter Justin Forsett struggled again and is now averaging 3.1 yards per carry on the season, but Taliaferro has yet to make his claim for an increased role.
The Ravens will head to Pittsburgh for a divisional showdown in Week 4.
Taliaferro will serve as the primary backup to Justin Forsett, likely pushing Javorius Allen down to No. 3 on the depth chart. The second-year player could see some goal line work, although he's facing a challenging matchup against a Bengals defense that hasn't surrendered a touchdown on the ground yet in 2015.
Taliaferro did not suit up the previous two days, but with him back on the field, he will still have a chance to play in Week 3 against Cincinnati.
Given that a foot injury ended Taliaferro's rookie season last December, this is a situation to monitor, though as long as Justin Forsett is healthy, Taliaferro's fantasy upside is capped in his role as the Ravens' No. 2 back. Currently behind Taliaferro in the team's RB pecking order is Javorius Allen.
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