Isaiah Pead Fantasy News
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:05pm
RB Steven Jackson moved on to the Falcons and a wide open running back room awaits with Isaiah Pead in position to seize the day. Coach Jeff Fisher believes Pead can easily live up to his draft-pick status. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter even pegged Pead as his 2013 NFC breakout player during a recent interview session with Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Despite all that's gone wrong for Pead, the future remains ripe with opportunity.
"He just didn't get a chance because of the other two," Fisher said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, referring to Jackson and Daryl Richardson. "But he'll get his opportunity this year. ... He's got a chance to make a lot of big plays for us."
"I'm not going to sit and linger on something, but I am one to not forget about a situation," Pead said. "I am moving on from last year, last year is last year, but I have not forgot about last year. I wouldn't call it revenge, but the chip that I put on my shoulder is just a little bigger."
The Rams RB job is a camp battle worth watching this August. Richardson figures to have the advantage due to his experience last season, but Pead supporters point to the fact that he missed OTAs due to his late graduation from college and was never able to recover. He certainly was more highly regarded than Richardson coming out of college.
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Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:03am
“He just didn’t get a chance because of the other two,” HC Jeff Fisher said, referring to Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson. “But he’ll get his opportunity this year. ... He’s got a chance to make a lot of big plays for us.”
Pead missed almost all of the spring practice period because his college (Cincinnati) was on the quarter system, meaning its school year ended late. As a result, NFL rules didn’t make Pead available to the Rams until June other than the post-draft minicamp.
We're expecting a Richardson/Pead RBBC in St. Louis.
Falcons sign Steven Jackson to a three-year deal
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:55pm
As expected, Jackson voided his contract with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, making the 29-year-old an unrestricted free agent. He said last week that he wanted to start for whichever team he signed with in free agency.
"For where I'm at, going into Year 10, I'm not ready to step back and just become a primary backup or a reduced role guy to be part of a running back by committee," Jackson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. "I still have a lot left in my tank. I still have a lot left to offer to a team. We're not talking about someone that's in Year 12 or 13."
This looks like a great signing by the Falcons and Jackson has a chance to have fantasy success in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back, but the Falcons may continue to use Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1 in his new situation. As for the Rams, it appears (at this point) that they are going to move forward with Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead in some sort of a RBBC.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 8:52pm
Fisher was pleased with what he saw and said Tuesday that no matter the circumstance, Pead might have earned some more game reps.
“It was good,” Fisher said. “We are going to continue to try to get him some touches. It makes sense. You are playing in an NFL game; you are playing against NFL players and for him to flash like that regardless of the situation in the game was pretty impressive.”
Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:03am
Rams rookie RB Terrance Ganaway dressed instead of Isaiah Pead, the thinking there being that he would be a big back alternative if Steven Jackson's groin injury acted up. But Jackson got through the game OK and Ganaway had no carries.
Monday, September 17, 2012, 5:57pm
Rams RB Isaiah Pead's playing time has been slashed. Daryl Richardson was the rookie of note for the offense, getting virtually all of the work in place of Steven Jackson. That ought to confirm for you what the depth chart at running back looks like right now.
Steven Jackson benched after unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 7:50pm
Rams RB Steven Jackson was benched after drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the middle of the 2nd quarter. He was flagged for spiking the ball after a run that was ruled short of the goal line.
Update: Jason La Canfora tweeted, "Steven Jackson had a hamstring issue, I'm told, which played a role in him sitting out much of the game. Wasn't just a benching."
Rookie Daryl Richardson took over, rushing 15 times for 83 yards while adding two catches for 19 yards, but lost two fumbles. Expect S-Jax to return to his normal role after taking his medicine this week. If he is injured, Richardson would be a nice pickup. He's clearly ahead of Isaiah Pead at this point.
Saturday, September 1, 2012, 11:28am
Dan O’Neil of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that Rams RB Steven Jackson “looks trim, quick and ready” for the regular season. O’Neil also notes that second-round pick Isaiah Pead “had yet to dazzle in camp” before carrying the ball 10 times for 58 yards in the Rams’ final preseason game on Thursday.
Seventh-round selection Daryl Richardson remains in the mix for carries after impressing in preseason.
Rams view Isaiah Pead as S-Jax's successor
Monday, April 30, 2012, 3:17pm
Going into the 2012 NFL Draft, Isaiah Pead was considered a late riser and hot sleeper among the running back prospects. Now that he has joined the St. Louis Rams as a second-round pick, No. 50 overall, Pead is being tabbed for a featured role in the near future.
The Rams are looking at Pead as more than just a complement to 6-2, 240-pound Steven Jackson, ESPN reports. Given Jackson turns 29 in July and carried a big load over his eight seasons and two-time All-Pro career, Rams officials were expected to bring fresh legs.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has been versatile in his philosophy about what kind of back can thrive in getting 20-25 touches for his offense. With the Tennessee Titans, Fisher got to Super Bowl XXXIV against the Rams with 6-3, 240-pound Eddie George. Then Fisher got a 2,006-yard rushing season from 5-11, 191-pound speedster Chris Johnson in 2009.
This is certainly interesting from a dynasty standpoint, but it's too soon to write Jackson off. While he does have a lot of wear on his tires, his YPC in 2011 (4.4) was slightly above his career average and he certainly still looks the part of an every-down back. The team will likely work Pead into the mix, but Jackson is a decent bet to repeat the 302 touches he had last season, especially if the Rams' offense improves as expected.