The St. Louis Rams lost starting running back Steven Jackson. The Rams bolstered their offense across the board at wide receiver, tight end, offensive line. The exception being a clear cut front runner for their starting running back spot.
The position could come down to a battle between Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead.
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.
The yards per carry stat is very encouraging about Richardson taking over as the starter. The question will be whether he can continue to produce now that Jackson is gone. When Richardson was in, defenses weren’t zeroing in on him.