Pro Career: The Cardinals fifth-round selection (140th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Taylor has appeared in 30 regular season games (four starts) in his first two NFL seasons. He also started in the Cardinals Wild Card matchup vs. Carolina in ’14.
2014: Appeared in 14 games, starting the final four of the regular season and the lone playoff contest … ran for 208 yards and a TD on 63 carries and caught 11 passes for 79 yards and three TDs … also had three special teams tackles … scored his first career TD on a five-yard pass from Carson Palmer in the fourth quarter to cut the Cardinals deficit to 17-12 vs. SD (9/8); tied career high with three catches for 21 yards and had one carry for five yards … posted first multi-TD game of his career with a two-yard TD catch in the first quarter and a four-yard TD run in the third quarter @ Oak (10/19); finished with 40 rushing yards on 12 carries and two receptions for 19 yards; TD run was first rushing score of his career … played on offense and special teams vs. Phi (10/26); left with a calf injury in the second half … inactive (calf) @ Dal (11/2) and vs. StL (11/9) … caught a three-yard TD pass and ran for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter @ Atl (11/30); also had one special teams tackle … made first career start and ran for 19 yards on six carries and had a seven-yard reception vs. KC (12/7) … ran for a career-best 61 yards on 14 carries @ StL (12/11); had two longest runs of his career – a 17-yarder on the first play of the game and then a 21-yard run in the fourth quarter to help set up FG that gave Cardinals a 12-3 lead; also had one special teams tackle … rushed for 19 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 25 yards, including a season-long 18 yard catch in the second quarter vs. Sea (12/21) … started and had three carries in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
2013: Played in all 16 games and totaled 115 yards on 36 carries and had eight receptions for 71 yards … also had two special teams tackles … made his NFL debut @ StL (9/8) … recorded his first career carry in the third quarter vs. Det (9/15) … saw his most extensive action of the season and ran for 38 yards on 14 carries vs. Atl (10/27); helped Cardinals rush for 201 yards, just the sixth time since 2000 they have run for 200+ yards in a game; had season-long 15-yard run in the second quarter to help set up a TD … notched first career special teams tackle @ Jax (11/17) … ran for 15 yards on three carries and had two receptions for 45 yards @ Phi (12/1); had career-long 29-yard reception in third quarter as part of TD drive; marked his first career multi-catch game … caught three passes for 16 yards and ran for nine yards on two carries vs. StL (12/8) … ran for 15 yards on two carries @ Sea (12/22), including an 11-yard carry for a first down with under two minutes left that helped seal the victory … rushed for seven carries on two carries and had a seven-yard reception vs. SF (12/29); converted a 4th-n-1 with a three-yard rush in third quarter.
College: A Doak Walker Award semifinalist as the nation’s top RB in 2012, Taylor started 39 of 53 games played at Stanford and established school career records for rushing attempts (843), rushing yards (4,300), total TDs (45) and 100-yard rushing performances (21) … his 40 career rushing TDs rank second in school annals as do his 270 career points and he is the only player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons … in addition to his rushing statistics, added 97 receptions for 778 yards and five TDs and returned one kickoff for 17 yards … as a senior in 2012, the Doak Walker Award semifinalist started all 14 games and was named the Irving S. Zeimer Award recipient, given to the team’s MVP … won Offensive Player of the Game honors for his performance in the Rose Bowl … for the third consecutive year, led the team with 322 carries for 1,530 yards (4.8 avg.) and 13 TDs (sixth on the school season-record list) … finished second on the team with a career-best 41 receptions for 287 yards (7.0 avg.) and two TDs … scored 15 total TDs, the fifth-best total in a single-season by a Stanford player … his eight 100-yard rushing performances gave him a school-record 21 100-yard outings for his career … closed out his college career with a TD and 88 rushing yards on 20 carries against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, earning offensive MVP honors … a second-team All-Pac-12 choice in 2011, Taylor started all 13 games and earned the Gundelach Award as the team's top junior player … ranked fourth in the conference in rushing after averaging 102.3 yards per game … totaled 1,330 rushing yards for the season, the third-best single season total in school history … became just the third back in Stanford history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, joining Darrin Nelson (1977-78) and Toby Gerhart (2008-09) ... posted a season-best 177 rushing yards and two TDs on a career-best 35 carries (fifth on the Stanford single-game record chart) vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium … as a sophomore in 2010, started 12 of 13 games played in his first season as Stanford’s featured back, recording 1,137 rushing yards on the year, the fourth-best single-season total ever by a Stanford player … his 223 carries placed seventh in school annals, and his 15 TD runs tied Toby Gerhart (2008) for the third-most in school history … received All-Pac-10 honorable mention from the league’s coaches … became the first Stanford sophomore to rush for over 1,000 yards since Darrin Nelson (1,061) in 1978 and was just the sixth back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season ... in 2009, appeared in all 13 games as a freshman while playing behind All-American RB Toby Gerhart … finished the season with 56 carries for 303 yards and two TDs and added three receptions for 43 yards.
Personal: Attended Mansfield (TX) High School where he earned Prep Star All-America honors during his final season, capping a career that saw him rush for school career records with 4,792 yards and 67 TDs during his three-year varsity career … as a sophomore, rushed for 743 yards and six TDs in his first varsity season, receiving first-team Class 5A All-State honors … produced one of the finest seasons in school annals, rushing for 1,586 yards and 21 TDs and posting 19 receptions for 231 yards and four TDs as a junior … named 2007 District 4-5A MVP and earned honorable mention All-State accolades in addition to being named first-team Super Team by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News … as a senior, rushed for a school-record 2,463 yards and 33 TDs and had 12 receptions for 168 yards and two TDs, helping Mansfield to the third round of the state playoffs, the school's best postseason run in its 100-year history … earned 2008 Texas Super Team's Offensive Player of the Year and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Player of the Year honors … selected District 4-5A Offensive MVP and All-Super Team first-team by the Dallas Morning News … also lettered in basketball … in the classroom, received academic all-district honors and a proclamation from the mayor of Mansfield for his success on and off the football field … Science, Technology and Society major.