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Chester Taylor joins the Cardinals

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Arizona picked up a veteran option to backup Beanie Wells.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Chester Taylor has agreed to terms with Arizona.  We’ve seen the report confirmed in multiple places.

It’s a curious move by Arizona.  Taylor looked to be at the end of the line in Chicago last year, and he couldn’t make the team this year.  There are a lot of young running backs out there, but Arizona decided to go with a veteran that will be good in pass protection if nothing else.

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21 Responses to “Chester Taylor joins the Cardinals”
  1. cardsfann1 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:19 PM

    Good move. He will give Beanie a breather and can pick up the blitz pretty well. Best option out there since Williams went down.

  2. skoobyfl says: Sep 4, 2011 2:21 PM

    That’ll help their line.

  3. donnasaurus says: Sep 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    Not a flasy runner, but the his experience and blocking ablility should help. The Cards aren’t necessarily done at FA.

  4. mrplow3 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:24 PM

    “Arizona decided to go with a veteran that will be good in pass protection if nothing else.”

    In the new NFL where passing is king this is no longer some small bonus part of the RB job. For some offenses this is the most important thing a RB can do.

    Chester Taylor is great at pass protection, so for a team like Arizona this is a great pick up.

  5. Rex Grossman says: Sep 4, 2011 2:26 PM

    It’s really a shame that the greatest Chicago Bear of all-time has to finish his career with the Cardinals. I’ll always remember his incredible career here in Chicago, but shame on the Bears organization for running him out of town. Then again, maybe Chester should have called it a career while he was still on top. I wish him the best, but as a die-hard Rex Grossman fan living in Chicago, it’ll be hard to see #29 in any color but navy and orange.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:26 PM

    He’s done. What are the Cards doing.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:26 PM

    I mean they need ANYONE back there, because Wells is a bust, but come on.

  8. moelester says: Sep 4, 2011 2:29 PM

    Beanie Wells sucks.

  9. cosmicduster says: Sep 4, 2011 2:32 PM

    I’m sure the Bears haters will chime in, but you can’t deny these stats…

    Forte 4.5 ypc
    Taylor 2.4 ypc

  10. kalispellmt says: Sep 4, 2011 2:37 PM

    Good luck, Chester. Wasn’t really used properly in Chicago under stubborn MadMartz.

  11. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Sep 4, 2011 2:58 PM

    The trade of Tim Hightower to the Redskins is starting to look like a big mistake for the Cardinals.

  12. wicky888 says: Sep 4, 2011 4:10 PM

    Chester Taylor is an okay back. He blocks well and is a decent back up. Saying that Beanie Wells stinks is not really fair. The AZ offensive line is THE WORST at running the ball. Look at the YPC of ANY back in AZ in the last 5 years. Thats why they ran the ball the least out of any team last year. Its basically a waste of a play.

  13. wicky888 says: Sep 4, 2011 4:18 PM

    Going back to 2005, the Cardinals have been AT BEST 28th in the league in rush YPG. I believe 3 of those years they were dead least. And they never averaged more than 90 YPG in any of those years. So even if Chester Taylor was the best back in the world, he isnt gonna do anything in AZ except block

  14. leatherface2012 says: Sep 4, 2011 4:23 PM

    i’ll do it for 200,000 per year. i’m around 50 but 220 pounds, could stand a few guys up!

  15. mcinhd says: Sep 4, 2011 5:35 PM

    cosmicduster says: Sep 4, 2011 2:32 PM

    I’m sure the Bears haters will chime in, but you can’t deny these stats…

    Forte 4.5 ypc
    Taylor 2.4 ypc

    You forget Taylor also had 112 carries comparted to Forte’s 237, not saying Taylor could have ran for over 1000 with those many carries like Forte did, BUT its just the F.I.C.A.: Fairness in Conversation Act.

  16. marcsasharc says: Sep 4, 2011 6:32 PM

    hello 5-11.

  17. fan555 says: Sep 4, 2011 6:47 PM

    If Head Coach Mike Martz does not like you, you might as well be dead.

  18. ninjapleazee says: Sep 4, 2011 7:06 PM

    sorry but Chester Taylor couldn’t beat out last year’s practice squad Kahlil Hill… happy he was cut from Chicago… he was overpaid and didn’t do jack.

  19. philtration says: Sep 4, 2011 8:28 PM

    kalispellmt says: Sep 4, 2011 2:37 PM

    Good luck, Chester. Wasn’t really used properly in Chicago under stubborn MadMartz.
    ================================

    Yeah… the silly Bears kept expecting him to gain yards when they gave him the ball for his fat contract.

    How foolish.

  20. asublimeday says: Sep 5, 2011 4:33 AM

    Check and mate.

  21. marcus158 says: Sep 5, 2011 6:23 AM

    wicky888 says:
    Sep 4, 2011 4:18 PM
    Going back to 2005, the Cardinals have been AT BEST 28th in the league in rush YPG. I believe 3 of those years they were dead least. And they never averaged more than 90 YPG in any of those years. So even if Chester Taylor was the best back in the world, he isnt gonna do anything in AZ except block

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    Yeah, since when do you run the ball a lot when you have one of the best WR tandems in the NFL at the time? And a Hall of Fame QB chucking them the rock?

    With that kind of pass-first offense you’re only going to run the ball as an afterthought – in 2nd and short situations.

    Hell, the Colts have done it for years. Joseph Addai hasn’t actually lit it up after however many years of starting.

    You all act like Taylor is expected to start from Week 1. That isn’t the case. He’s a back-up nothing more. It’s a 1 year contract for Christs sake. We’re not stupid enough to give a huge contract to a back-up unlike those morons in Chicago.

    Nobody said Brian “Always Concussed” Westbrook was a bad pick up for the Niners last year even though he’s done as well.

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