After finishing 5-11 in 2015, it’s clear the Ravens don’t have room for young players who are not improving. Ahead of minicamps and rookie camps, I’ll take a look at some young returning players who are under pressure to step up next season, such as:
Lorenzo Taliaferro, third-year running back
Why Taliaferro is under pressure
The Ravens’ running back room is deep, featuring Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Terrence West, Kenneth Dixon, Trent Richardson, and Taliaferro. By Week 1, all of them won’t still be with the Ravens.
For Taliaferro to stand out, he will have to overcome foot injuries that have plagued him the last two years. He had his moments as a rookie in 2014, finishing with 282 yards and four touchdowns, but his season ended prematurely due to a foot injury. Last season, Taliaferro again went to injured reserve with a foot injury in October, and Allen took over as the No. 2 back behind Forsett.
Taliaferro’s physical running style is something the Ravens need. His availability has been something difficult for them to count on.
Taliaferro seems eager for the running back competition to begin. Check out this recent message he posted on Twitter:
“I can’t speak on other organizations but I bet no one can push you as hard to be great as the Ravens do,” Taliaferro wrote.
By drafting another running back in Dixon (fourth round), the Ravens have made it clear that carries and roster spots will be earned, not given. For Taliaferro to carve out a role, he will have to stay healthy.