This weekend, teams were required to cut their rosters down to the regular season required 53 men, and the Cards wasted no time in snapping up veteran running back Chester Taylor from the Chicago Bears scrap heap. The addition of a smart player like Taylor should yield positive results, especially after the season ending injury to rookie Ryan Williams.
Taylor is entering his 10th NFL season and has mostly played in a reserve role, whether it was with the Ravens (to whom he was drafted), Vikings, or Bears. He has showed he is capable of being the feature back, rushing for over 1,000 yards for Minnesota during the 2006 campaign.
Taylor has always had the ability to catch passes and convert on third down, and this will likely continue to be his role in the desert. He is not the type of drastic change of pace that LaRod Stephens-Howling is form starter Beanie Wells, but adds that pass catching element that Wells has not been known for.
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