Baltimore Ravens

Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro remaining patient as he waits for his chance

Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro tries to get past New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster during the final preseason game.

It's been a quiet two games for Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro since leading the NFL in preseason rushing yards.

With no carries in the regular season and with one pass thrown in his direction for an incompletion against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina says he's remaining patient and waiting his turn.


Taliaferro ranks third on the depth chart behind starting running back Bernard Pierce and backup Justin Forsett and has been active for each game, primarily on special teams. Pierce rushed for a game-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Forsett scored a touchdown against the Bengals as he gained 70 yards and had a 41-yard run against the Steelers.

"I don't know what my role is going to be," said Taliaferro who rushed for 243 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries during the preseason. "I just know I'm ready for whatever it is.  I can't control any of that. All I can control is what I do when my number is called in that moment."


Taliaferro had one fumble during the preseason against the Dallas Cowboys, but has worked on his ball security.

Taliaferro is a power runner with a fairly upright running style at 6-foot, 226 yards. Taliaferro was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year last season when he rushed for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns.

"I try to get low," Taliaferro said. "It's always hard, especially when you want to make a cut. It's harder to do it at full speed. That's something I've got to work on. Natural power, that can only get you so far."