The St. Louis Rams putrid running game is currently ranked last in the NFL with an average of just 47 yards per game, but they have a chance to get everything rolling this weekend when they take on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
As the team looks for a boost in the backfield, one name that has continued to generate buzz is rookie running back Zac Stacy.
In fact, ESPN Rams blogger Nick Wagoner believes that the time is now to give Stacy a bigger role and the opportunity to emerge as the top guy in the St. Louis Rams rotation.
“The Rams aren’t tipping their hand on which of the four running backs will make the start. Fisher indicated the team would opt for a committee approach this week. That’s fine but it seems as though it’s time for Stacy to at least lead the committee. He’s getting ready as though the chance will be his,” Wagoner wrote.
Stacy was a fifth-round pick out of Vanderbilt and if he is given the opportunity to take the leading role he believes that he is ready.
“Right now we don’t know who is starting for sure,” Stacy said. “The only thing I’m doing is just preparing my butt off for the week. Hopefully the decision will be made later in the week. All the backs, we all prepare the same, we all get the same amount of situations in practice. We’ll all be ready.”
Daryl Richardson has been a disappointment for the Rams, so it could be a good move for St. Louis to give the ball to Stacy and take advantage of his power and vision.
Whether or not that move happens this week remains to be seen, but the team desperately needs to get their running game going and there is no better opportunity than to turn things around against the Jaguars.