According to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, the NFL insider doesn’t expect Richardson to get more than 15 carries a game this season, who will apparently split carries to Isaiah Pead.
Having Richardson as the starter doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to carry a heavy load on game day. The Rams and Fisher have been consistent in saying they want to use multiple backs. Richardson’s never carried more than 15 times in a game and it seems likely his workload probably won’t exceed that number by more than a few carries at any time.
All indications are that Isaiah Pead is the primary candidate to be Richardson’s main backup. Pead got plenty of opportunities in the second preseason game against Green Bay when he carried 11 times for 19 yards. His 14 carries are the most among Rams running backs in the preseason but he’s averaging just 2.6 yards per attempt, lowest among the backs legitimately in play to win the job.
While 15 or so carries a game isn’t exactly chump change, it’s not a prototypical number you’d see from a top flight back, though it might make more sense for the Rams to get both players on the field.