Arizona Cardinals: Reviewing the Running Backs
Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) fends off a tackle by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Cardinals made their cuts on Saturday to get down to the 53-man limit. Part of the 53-man roster is the four running backs the Cards decided to keep. With depth at receiver, unfortunately there was only room to keep four backs. Here’s a look at the roster.
Andre Ellington – The clear number one back. In the off-season the Cards said it would be more a run by committee but it is clear that Ellington is the number one back. He can run, he can catch. I don’t think he gets the 25-30 touches a game they want to get him but with limited preseason action he should be fresh and ready to go.
Stepfan Taylor – Taylor officially is number two on the chart but he will share carries with the others. The second-year back also has some versatility. He can also run and catch the ball and will be a good spell for Ellington.
Jonathan Dwyer – Dwyer will be the short-down back and will also spell Ellington at times. Look for Dwyer to be your short yardage guy.
Robert Hughes – Hughes beat out Zach Bauman and Jalen Parmele for the last spot. Although I felt they played evenly in the preseason I think Hughes has a little more experience and can block.