Arizona Cardinals RB Jalen Parmele To Be Goal Line Back


Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Jalen Parmele (34) is tackled by Houston Texans defenders during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested and subsequently deactivated on Wednesday, it left a void at goal-line back for the Arizona Cardinals.  Many assumed it would now belong to Stepfan Taylor.  Not so fast.

Word came down on Friday that it would actually be newly re-signed running back Jalen Parmele, not Taylor, who would be used as the goal-line running back.  It is an interesting move but one that makes sense.  Taylor is not really known as a goal-line back and this also lessens the hits Taylor’s body will take backing up starting running back Andre Ellington.

Ellington could be used as well in those situations but he too needs to be limited in bruising plays like that.  Ellington of course is already nursing a toe injury and Dwyer was filling the role initially.  Dwyer had a goal-line touchdown last Sunday in the 25-14 victory over the New York Giants.

We shall see just how much of this ends up as reality once the game gets going.  Let’s just hope the Cards can find themselves in those situations come Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.