Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:52pm
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Rams have waived-injured Isaiah Pead on Wednesday. Should Pead clear waivers, he can revert to the Rams and go on injured reserve for the entire season or reach an injury settlement that makes him a free agent.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:59pm
The non-contact injury appeared to happen when he planted on his left foot in Saturday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The running back was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room.
It turns out the injury is an ACL and Pead is lost for the season. The third-year back was well behind Zac Stacy, rookie Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham in the backfield pecking order, but was expected to make the squad due to his play on special teams.
At the NFL owners meetings in March, coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he’d like Stacy to be the team’s “70 percent” back. In other words, get 70 percent of the touches at running back.
But that was before the Rams selected Heisman Trophy contender Tre Mason of Auburn in Round 3 of the May draft. Throw in returnees Benny Cunningham, and even Isaiah Pead and Chase Reynolds, and there’s plenty of competition on the practice field.
And if those five weren’t enough to consider, the Rams also have an intriguing undrafted rookie in Trey Watts, who sat out the preseason opener against New Orleans with a hamstring injury. So yes, it’s a crowded house at the position.
If Stacy got 70-percent of the carries last year, he would have had just shy of 300, putting him among the tops in the league. But perhaps the point of this story is that Stacy may not need to carry 70-percent of the time like Fisher said he could back in March. That, of course, is bad news for Stacy owners. But the good news is Stacy is still expected to be the RB1 in this offense so he should still get a bulk of the work. We think Mason has a chance to steal the most carries and could end up being a handcuff. The battle behind Stacy is a situation to watch if you're going to be a Stacy owner.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:47am
In just two seasons, Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been surpassed by running backs with lesser draft status including Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy. Even undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham handled a bigger role in 2013 and the Rams drafted Tre Mason in the third round this year. Pead's long term future in St. Louis will likely hinge on his ability to finally produce in 2014.
The Rams would like to see a competition develop in camp with their backs. Pead even got some first-team reps in the spring. But the story even says it's probably not realistic to expect Pead to make enough of a leap to steal carries from Stacy, Cunningham and Mason. It goes on to say a more likely scenario is Pead playing special teams and developing into a third-down back. Right now, there's just not a lot of fantasy value.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:01pm
Rams RB Isaiah Pead has been lost in the shuffle a bit since the Rams found their top two backs in Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham, and then added Tre Mason in the third round of this year's draft. Midway through last season, Pead took a role on special teams and apparently excelled in the role to the point where the Rams view him as one of their most valuable contributors there.
In looking at his role for this season, special teams again figure to be a big part of the plan.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:20pm
Rams beat writer Jim Thomas on Rams' RB situation: "Daryl Richardson has been practicing, so he's healthy enough to play. If [Zac Stacy] is out, Richardson has to be active, although I couldn't tell you for sure that he'd be the 2 or the 3 behind [Benny Cunningham]."
The other player in question is Isaiah Pead, who has been active ahead of Richardson for the past couple of weeks. Benny Cunningham would be a Sneaky Start if Stacy sits.
Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:11pm
Rams RB Daryl Richardson (foot, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 9. Richardson is looking very iffy for Week 9. Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead would be in the mix for carries behind Zac Stacy.
Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:32pm
It's unclear who will 'start' for the Rams this week, though Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy could all be in the mix. It's a situation to avoid until we gain some clarity, and that may not happen prior to kickoff.
Rookie RB Zac Stacy gets the nod over Isaiah Pead, who is inactive. With Pead out we feel more comfortable starting Daryl Richardson in the flex considering the 49ers defense is banged up and has struggled against RBs this season.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:30pm
Rams RB Daryl Richardson (foot, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Richardson is in for Thursday night's game against the 49ers. He's a tough player to start as he's only three days removed from a two-snap effort versus the Cowboys. We're expecting Isaiah Pead to get a healthy amount of work this week.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:20am
As the story points out, leading into Sunday's game, Richardson had already been dealing with a foot injury that ailed him since the opener against Arizona. He's is a risky start this week with Isaiah Pead getting some work as well. Be sure to check out our rankings on Wednesday, but Richardson is looking to be a RB3 option at best.
Richardson started the game but aggravated the injury and came out very early.
“I re-injured my foot,” Richardson said. “I believe it got stepped on when I was trying to go out for my route early in the game.”
That left all the carries to Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham, but the Rams once again failed to generate a rushing attack after falling behind early. They ran the ball just 12 times.
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:38pm
Rams RB Daryl Richardson (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Richardson's foot issue appears to be minor and he should see RB1-type touches even with Isaiah Pead back from suspension.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:26pm
When asked whether Pead would play this week on Monday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said "we'll see."
The Rams didn't get much production in the run game and Zac Stacy got the only carry among backs not named Daryl Richardson. Fisher said he wants to see more of Stacy. Could that mean less Richardson to make room for some carries for Pead and Stacy?
One other thing we'll monitor this week is Richardson's health. Although he finished the game against Arizona, he did spend some time being looked at by Rams' medical personnel on the sideline. There are a lot of moving parts to the team's running back situation right now.
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