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.