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|Many felt the Rams finally addressed the backup running back spot behind Steven Jackson with the 2012 selection of Isaiah Pead in the second round of the draft. However, seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson stole that backup role and is expected to be given the first chance as the Rams starter in 2013. Pead rarely saw the field as a rookie, rushing just ten times for 54 yards and catching three passes for 16 yards. He didn't endure himself to the Rams coaches with his lack of knowledge of the playbook, and then he was suspended for the opening game of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policies. Looks like he has a lot of learning to do both on the field and off. While that might be the case, Richardson struggled at the end of the 2012 season and there are doubts that he can hold up as a starter. Don't be surprised if Pead gets a shot in that role at some point in 2013, making him worth taking a flier on.
Comment: Pead is running behind Richardson but neither back is going to be more than a RB4.
|Pead, Stacy in line to start Week 5? -- Thu Oct 3 3:30 pm --|
Rams unsure of top option in backfield
|Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy are the top candidates for the open spot although HC Jeff Fisher said he has not made a decision and that Daryl Richardson remains in the mix. Pead, in his second year, has just carried seven times this season. Stacy, a rookie from Vanderbilt, has carried just once. (AP)|
FF Today's Take: Were it not for the Rams' upcoming matchup against the Jaguars and four teams on bye, the identity of St. Louis' starting running back may not be all that big of a deal. The common-sense approach (if the Rams plan on benching Richardson this week) would be to use Pead as the early-down back and Stacy as the physical complement. Undrafted free agent Benny Cunningham also should be on fantasy owners' radars.
|RBBC coming in St. Louis? -- Wed Oct 2 2:00 pm --|
Richardson may not start in Week 5
|Rams coach Jeff Fisher was surprised Wednesday when he was informed that starting running back Daryl Richardson tweeted that he wasn't going to be handling those duties this week. "We haven't gone one direction or the other [on a starter] yet." "[Fisher] was saying it's going to be a competition," Richardson said. "I was just talking to one of my fans on there. I didn't mean nothing like that, though." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Rams have run the ball only 27% of the time so far this season. Daryl Richardson, Benny Cunningham, Isaiah Pead or Zac Stacy have minimal fantasy value until a bigger commitment to running the ball is established.
| Rams' RB sits Wed, expected back Thu -- Wed Sep 11 7:00 pm --|
Foot issue for Daryl Richardson
|The University of Cincinnati product (Isaiah Pead) got plenty of work, thanks to starter and fellow second-year back Daryl Richardson sitting out the workout. Fisher does not expect his starting back to miss much practice time.
“He'll practice tomorrow; he just just needed some rest,'' the coach said. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)|
FF Today's Take: Pead will move into the backup role behind Richardson for Sunday's game against the Falcons. The foot issue for Richardson doesn't seem to be a big issue at this point.