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With the exception of 2006 in Minnesota, Taylor has always been behind another top back. Adrian Peterson came to Minnesota in 2007 to take away carries from Taylor, and in Baltimore he played in Jamal Lewis’ shadows.

This has never bothered Taylor.

“It’s a long season,” Taylor said. “We’ve got 16 games and the playoffs. You need that because running backs go down every now and then. So we need depth at running back.”