Brings an above-average mix of size, explosiveness, and patience as a ball-carrier. Calm waiting for holes to open then bursts through them with deceptive wheels. Hard to bring down thanks to excellent power and good all-round size. Has the instincts to return some kicks.
Needs to show he can receive, block, and hang onto the ball enough to play regularly (as he has fairly small hands for a guy his size). Runs a bit upright at times, which may lead to durability and ball security issues. While quick and explosive, he doesn't have top-end long speed.
Patient, bruising tailback with intriguing upside.
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 4th round (138th Overall) in 2014.
Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro carried the ball 15 times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday. | 09/28/2014 5:21 PM
Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro carried the ball 15 times for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday.
Bernard Pierce was supposed to start, but he did not touch the ball. Justin Forsett carried the load in the first half and then when the game was out of reach, the Ravens turmed to Taliaferro. It is hard to say because the Ravens backfield is very crowded, but Taliaferro looks to be the best Ravens back to own in fantasy going forward.
Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro had a coming out party on Sunday against the Browns. | 09/21/2014 5:19 PM
Ravens tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro had a coming out party on Sunday against the Browns.
Although Justin Forsett started, Taliaferro saw the majority of reps. He tallied 91 yards on 18 rushes and a touchdown. Taliaferro is definitely worth a waiver, if he has not been picked up already. Forsett, to his credit, played well, rushing 11 times for 63 yards. However, he remains the third down back.
Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro was the fourth back off the bench, but looked good in extended second-half minutes. | 08/08/2014 9:57 AM
Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro was the fourth back off the bench, but looked good in extended second-half minutes.
Taliaferro rushed 13 times for 71 yards. Stuck behind Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett, he may not see much action in season one, but could be a long-term stash in dynasty leagues.
Lorenzo Taliaferro's court date is July 31 | 06/23/2014 1:24 PM
Ravens rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness case has been continued to July 31.
Taliaferro's original date was Thursday, but his attorney got a continuance. The downside is Taliaferro may miss some early camp time to deal with his legal matters. Rookies report on July 17, and the Ravens' first full-squad practice is July 24. It's also possible Taliaferro will just send his lawyer, however. Taliaferro is competing for time in Baltimore's up-for-grabs backfield.
Ravens have high expectations for Taliaferro | 05/31/2014 8:37 PM
The Ravens still have "high expectations" for fourth-round RB Lorenzo Taliaferro despite his off-field issues.
Taliaferro was arrested for two misdemeanors charges earlier this week, but his status with the Ravens remains unchanged. He's a candidate to open the season in a short-yardage and third-down role if Ray Rice is suspended. Bernard Pierce (shoulder) has been participating in OTAs and is on track to be ready for camp.
Ravens fourth-round RB Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested on Saturday in Virginia and charged with destruction of property and public drunkenness.
According to the Williamsburg (VA) PD, Taliaferro was arrested around 1:15 AM. He allegedly was getting out of a taxi cab, gripped one of the windows, and broke it. Taliaferro was later found and arrested a block away from the scene. Both charges are misdemeanors, but it's not a good first impression. Taliaferro could be in line for a prominent early-season role with Ray Rice staring at a suspension.
Taliaferro excelling in pass protection | 05/23/2014 1:16 PM
Ravens coach John Harbaugh deemed fourth-round RB Lorenzo Taliaferro "very good at pass protection" following rookie minicamp.
Taliaferro's landing spot offers a lot of opportunity with questions surrounding Ray Rice (off field) and Bernard Pierce (shoulder). Pass pro is typically a major obstacle for rookie running backs. "I thought Lorenzo was very smooth running the ball," Harbaugh said. "He did a nice job picking up the aiming points and the reads. He looks like he is a big guy, a downhill guy. I was very impressed with what kind of shape he is in. There is not an ounce of fat on him, and he is 230 pounds. Very good at pass protection." Taliaferro is worth monitoring in re-draft leagues and drafting in Dynasty settings.
Ravens get RB Taliaferro under contract | 05/16/2014 11:47 AM
Ravens signed fourth-round RB Lorenzo Taliaferro to a four-year contract.
Taliaferro toted the rock 356 times for 2,086 yards and 32 touchdowns across two seasons at Coastal Carolina. He wasn't blessed with freakish athleticism but can get what's blocked and possesses good acceleration. With Ray Rice looking at a possible suspension, Taliaferro is a guy to watch this summer.