As ESPN.com recently noted, when it comes to talking about who the Cardinals' starting running back will be this coming season, the conversation has centered on Andre Ellington since last year's starter, Rashard Mendenhall, retired in March. But what about Taylor? While Ellington seems all but certain to handle the leading role, Taylor appears to have what it takes to handle the power role Mendenhall held down last year. The powerfully-built Taylor has the strength to bulldoze through the line and has thighs so strong they seem to bounce would-be tacklers a few yards back.
Ellington is clearly locked in as the starter and should get a vast majority of the RB touches in Arizona as long as he's healthy. In addition, Taylor's expected playing time might be cut into by Jonathan Dwyer, who played for HC Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh.
Not surprisingly, Taylor isn't letting anybody get in the way of his goals. "Like I said, I prepare to be the starter," Taylor said. Even if he falls short of that, a goal-line/short-yardage role seems like a safe assumption. More is possible if Ellington doesn't hold up to the increased workload.