The St. Louis Rams Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson are going head to head to see who will be the new starter for the team now that Jackson is playing elsewhere.
St. Louis fans are used to seeing No. 39 lining up in the backfield taking the exchange from the quarterback and putting up big numbers during the regular season. Now the torch has been passed, Steven Jackson has moved on and the organization and it’s fans are looking for a new star running back to put up the same numbers Jackson and Marshall Faulk have put up in the last decade or so.
Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says that Isaiah Pead has done some amazing things in training camp. He went on to say
“He’s made play after play, so again, try to get him some more reps. Obviously he’s still a young player. You’ve got to teach him. But build on the great things he’s doing out there on the practice field and carry that over to the field.” Schottenheimer told ESPN.com
Pead will more than likely get some first team reps in Saturday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but appears to be behind Daryl Richardson in the battle for No. 1 duties.
“I think Daryl played really, really well last week. I think Isaiah’s definitely got to play some catch up. But again, we’re not just looking at one game. He’s got a whole preseason to look at. We were very pleased with the way Daryl played last week. They’ve both done really well in practice. Would I say Daryl has the lead? Sure, but there’s a way to go and we expect good things from Isaiah this weekend.” Schottenheimer continued on ESPN.com
ESPN’s Nick Wagoner believes that Richardson has done nothing to endanger his starting status in camp and has probably but a bit of distance between himself and Pead. Richardson is clearly a leader in the clubhouse but nothing is official until the Rams make it through their third pre-season game.