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.
The Rams certainly expected more from Pead last season and Richardson flashed quite a bit for them.