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Fumble won't change Lorenzo Taliaferro's role, Gary Kubiak says

Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the game at Heinz Field.
Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge / USA Today Sports)

While acknowledging that mistakes such as rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro's second-quarter fumble in Sunday's 43-23 loss to Pittsburgh shouldn't become a habit, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he doesn't shy away from players after turnovers, and won't with Taliaferro.

"My nature as a coach when that happens is to go right back to him," Kubiak said. "I believe in the guys we've got and believe in what we're doing. We wouldn't have him out there if we didn't trust him. Sometimes, those things are going to happen. They can't happen too often, we all know that, but I think the players need to know that you're going to come right back to them and expect them."

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Taliaferro, a fourth-round NFL draft pick who is the Ravens' second-leading rusher this season with 247 yards on 58 carries and four touchdowns, said his first fumble of the season won't impact how he runs.

"When you make mistakes in critical situations, it's always a negative," Taliaferro said. "But you can't let it alter how you play the next play or the next game. You have to go out there with the same mindset that you had before the game, and that's do everything you can to help this team win."

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Taliaferro, who also fumbled once in the preseason, said ball security is something the position group works on every day. On that play, Taliaferro said he was holding the ball too far from his body and the defender's arm got between his body and the ball. Veteran running back Justin Forsett was quick with encouragement on the bench.

"We're going to need him," Forsett said. "If we're going to be able to win some games, we're going to need him to step up and make plays. [I told him], 'Don't get down on yourself. You're a necessity for this team.' I'm always constantly encouraging him, because it happens to all of us, unfortunately."

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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