Daryl Richardson to be St. Louis Rams Starting Running Back?

December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This one doesn’t exactly come off as shocking news, but CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says he expects Daryl Richardson to be the St. Louis Rams starting running back this season.

Per Judge:

The departure of Steven Jackson means running back is wide open, with three inexperienced vets and one rookie competing for jobs. Daryl Richardson is the favorite, mostly because he’s the only guy with a resume. As Jackson’s understudy last season, he ran for 475 yards, averaged 4.8 yards per carry and demonstrated big-play capability. Isaiah Pead could push him, and the Rams would like that. But he was a huge disappointment as a rookie, with only 10 carries. That’s not what the Rams were expecting from their second-round pick, nor is this: Pead must serve a one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Nevertheless, look for him to compete with rookie Zac Stacy and journeyman Terrance Ganaway for carries in what could be a crowded, running-back-by-committee approach.

Despite the feeling that Richardson will begin the season with the job, it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for the former Abilene Christian talent.

Topics: Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams

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