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Taylor gets his chance, and hopes to stick

Posted by Darren Urban on September 17, 2013 – 3:51 pm

Kerry Taylor smiled. The NFL, “it’s definitely a roller-coaster ride” the wide receiver said, and there’s little question Taylor is one of the guys who has been strapped in for all the loops and inverted rolls in his short career.

He’s on a high now, the wind whipping through his air as he races down the fun part of the track. It took a hamstring injury to Larry Fitzgerald to get him on the active roster from the practice squad, and for now, he’s sticking around. The Cardinals filled their practice squad Tuesday with two new receivers – bringing back Dan Buckner and bringing in Brittan Golden, cut by the Bears – meaning Taylor is safe.

Will he stay there? Bruce Arians isn’t saying for certain. First, Fitz has to get completely healthy, which won’t be before the Saints game. “So much will determine on injuries at that point in time,” Arians said of Taylor’s active-roster future. “Those last five guys (on the 53-man roster), they can flip-flop every week.”

That’s far from security. But Taylor will take it. This is the first time Taylor has gotten a real opportunity to play in the league, having bounced around to a handful of teams since his 2011 rookie season. There was a week in San Francisco, a few weeks in New England, a training camp in Green Bay. That’s the league for many players, just trying to hang on to a job.

He was thrilled to sign with the Cardinals last year for the practice squad. In those other places, it was “waking up in a new city, getting a rental car, and basically it was ‘Good luck,’ ” Taylor said. In Arizona – where Taylor grew up, went to high school at nearby Chandler Hamilton and attended Arizona State – he already knew where the Cards’ complex was, how to get home, and where to buy groceries.

Then Sunday, he made his first NFL catch, remarkably not from a quarterback but a cornerback: Patrick Peterson’s first NFL pass, a 17-yard throw. His second catch of three was for 16 yards and allowed Carson Palmer to surpass 30,000 yards passing in his career. So a couple of important milestones.

The roller coaster ride isn’t over, of course. Taylor thought he made the roster after the preseason for one day, until he was cut the next. Then he was brought back to the practice squad. He has gotten much more of an opportunity in Arizona than he ever has anywhere else, but that guarantees nothing in this business.

“I thought I made it, I didn’t,” Taylor said. “Now I hope I can stay up.”

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25 Responses to “Taylor gets his chance, and hopes to stick”

  1. By johnnybluenose on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Ryan Williams was seemingly healthy at the end of pre-season but has been inactive for our first two games. Do you think he was just being show-cased so he could be traded or do you think there is any real expectation he will be given an opportunity to suit up?How many reps is he getting now? Hard to believe a healthy Williams is our fifth best running back.

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Johnny —

    RE: Williams

    I think, since Williams doesn’t play special teams and hasn’t proved himself a particularly good pass protector, I think you definitely could see why a coach might see him as No. 5. Now, if Mendenhall goes down, does that change? Very possibly.

  3. By BIGTom on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Does this mean they are planning on bringing back Fleming? Or did he get picked up by another team?

  4. By the way - Dr. G. on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Fitz really wants to go in NO… He’s a gamer, but now with Roberts, Floyd, Brown and Taylor and some good tight end production & protection, the Cards have the prospect of a good game on 9/22. I just read some press clips from New Orleans… They have no respect for Carson Palmer and plan to pick him off 3 times… I wish Carson and our OLine could hear this… Saints are 6 to 7 point favorite…. Soooo… No more picks, and some good D…Cards leave out for Florida 2-1 and the fine people in NO left scratching their domes. G’day…

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    BIGTom —

    RE: Fleming

    Fleming was claimed by Jacksonville. And the Cards are full, 53 on the roster, 8 on the PS.

  6. By Dr. G. on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren, If you do not respond to this (perhaps dumb question) , I’ll consider this not your area, but you are just about everywhere.

    Teams have 53 active, 8 on PS… Why do only 46 dress on game day? I’m trying to track who is on the field…

    I got the answer to the previous 3rd QB.. The CBA changed the rules last year to add him back. The old rule said that if you played the 3rd QB before the end of the 3rd quarter, the other QB’s could not return to the game…dumb, huh? Some of the personnel rules are vague to me…Many thanks…

  7. By DINO on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Was really happy to see my boy K.Taylor on the field & getting the game ball after our victory against the pussy cats! Always knew Taylor was an important asset to our team when I saw him in preseason.And like I keep saying despite some opposition-Kerry Taylor is a Cardinals fan & had been wanting a chance to play for the home team! That means more effort on his part because of his passion for being able to play for his team! Hope we keep him on the roster as well as Ryan Williams!! Cant wait to see what & hopefully he’ll being playing against the ‘New Orlean Ain’ts’! :) GO CARDINALS!!!

  8. By classy last on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Nice article Darren. I think a lot of fans have liked what Kerry has shown us and are cheering for him! Good Luck in Cardinal Red!

  9. By jeffgollin on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Kerry, Bethel, Ellington, T. Jefferson and Mathieu are examples of what seems to be the refreshing Arians policy that “the more you do good things, the more you’ll play.” Apparently, this is not just coach-speak; it’s the real deal (& it’s exciting to watch).

  10. By mal on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Darren-

    Which of the 4 active RB’s play on special teams? All but Mendenhall? I dont recall seeing Taylor out there.

  11. By Big Ken on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, Johnny- RE: Williams He’d look great in one of those helmets with the lighting bolts on the side of it, in exchange for a fourth rounder.

  12. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Sep 17, 2013 | Reply

    Good Luck to Kerry Taylor and the rest of the receiving crew. If Fitz needs time to heal, then they all have to step up their game. Maybe Fitz should rest this week to ensure he is 100% for the remainder of the season. Would hate to have this injury linger all season. Glad to hear Fleming got picked up. He’s a good CB. Too bad it didn’t work out here. Should be a good game this weekend. I think BA was ahead of everyone by having Yeramiah Bell play some linebacker last week. Consider it practice for the match up this week in N.O.

  13. By Dynosoar on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    the way – Dr. G.

    I like the way you think.

  14. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    This is the first time that I really feel that without Fitz for a game or two it won’t hurt us a lot if any, this is a weird strange feeling!

    Is this what happens when you have a HC, GM, and Owner willing to do anything to have a winning Team!?!
    Are you supposed to feel like this about one of your Star players when he is hurt because the term ‘next-man-up’ actually means something now for the Cards?
    Kerry Taylor was a prime example of the way ‘Next-Man-Up’ is supposed to work.

    My thanks to the Cards for the Best Birthday gift of all, Sundays Win!!!

    GO CARDS!!!

  15. By Dynosoar on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Why isn’t Palmer on the info-graphic? He threw for two touchdowns. Granted one was for the Lions. Haha.

    This really is a joke. And Brett Favre holds the records for interceptions. I don’t believe a QB can be great unless he’s taking some risks and that means interceptions.

    Above 60% passing two weeks in a row. We’re going to have a grand fine season if Palmer can keep this up. Now to have more than 50% third down conversions and we can’t lose.

    After what the Saints did to Warner (and others) let’s not lose to them for the next decade (until all current players and staff are gone.)

    Go Cardinals!

  16. By AWH on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    lol 3 picks. this should be a shootout.

  17. By carlo milano on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Darren
    What’s wrong with hawkins ,has some character issues ?
    Cause he was one of the best guys in preseason,showed great hands,quickness and ability to make yards after the catch, not a strenght of cardinals wrs right now.

  18. By Darren Urban on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: 46

    The idea is that so a game isn’t tilted too far against a team that might have a slew of injuries. Say all 53 could dress. But one team had six players unable to play because of injury, and the other just one. That’d be a pretty significant advantage for the team with just one.

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Mal —

    RE: Special teams

    Taylor played on special teams for two plays against Detroit, and five offensive plays.

  20. By Darren Urban on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Hawkins

    They didn’t want him. He hasn’t signed anywhere else. I don’t know why. Maybe he isn’t the player the fans keep thinking he is.

  21. By carlo milano on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Re-hawkins
    Sometimes coaches make mistakes evaluating players.
    Remember last year how much they were high on fleming,they considered him as a steal in 3th round,and probably even keim was high on him and whiz too.
    So maybe fans are not always wrong.
    I think no fans considered Levi Brown an elite player

  22. By clssylssy on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    @ Dr. G..
    What you need to understand about Saints fans (I have many) they tend to be VERY shortsighted and are such chest beaters they only watch Saints games and are therefore unaware of their opponents other than what they remember from years past. They last remember going up against Carson Palmer as a Bengal and I just read a Saints post describing him as an immobile QB…and also that the Cards had no run game! WhoDats tend to be a bragadoscious lot and I’m hoping the Cards will go into to the Dome like Sherman in Atlanta:) I think Drew Brees is awesome, Jimmy Graham is the best TE in the league, and Darren Sproles rocks HOWEVER, as I told my WhoDat friend, the Cards have always been dangerous when taken for granted (short memory on their part, forgetting the embarrassing defeat handed to them in the desert fresh off their Superbowl win). This is not a new Cards team but a invigorated, healthy team with some new moving parts and a few surprises courtesy of LSU! Together with the weapons we have in the way of receivers, a lights out secondary, and defense that is coming together, this should be a hard fought and exciting game…one, I think will be much closer than the “experts” predict.On the other hand, this will be “the Dome” and a venue that has it’s own ghosts. GO CARDS! LET’S SHOW THOSE WHO DATS WE GOT OUR MOJO WORKING!

  23. By Kevin S on Sep 19, 2013 | Reply

    We beat NO with Max Hall quarterbacking. Not that it has anything to do with this year, but if I were a Saints fan, I wouldn’t be bragging when it comes to the Cardinals.

  24. By calinda wright on Sep 22, 2013 | Reply

    hello dan sorry for your lost of dad he’s In heaven with god have faith have a bless day you will see him again I am a women of god Calinda wright loves you with all his heart and soul pray talk to him In the name of JESUS amen

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