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.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:40am
Jets RB Chris Johnson's surgically repaired knee, which sidelined him for the spring, will be a hot topic throughout camp. The last thing the Jets will want to do is tax Johnson, so look for a modified practice schedule -- a "pitch count," as Rex Ryan likes to call it.
Chances are the Jets will take a backfield-by-committee approach, which underscores the importance of defining roles. It will be a balancing act for the coaches as they attempt to navigate four weeks of camp and three preseason games. (We're not counting the last game, which is useless.) There aren't as many practice reps as the not-so-old days, when teams had two practices per day. Every rep counts.
We had a recent news item where Johnson said he's not going to be part of a committee, so it will be interesting to see how roles emerge out of camp. Johnson is probably the favorite to land the starting spot, but Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell both ran pretty well at times last year so they figure to be in the mix. The story also points to former Ram Daryl Richardson as someone to keep an eye on.
Rams RB Zac Stacy has taken to his role as something of a mentor to Tre Mason, who, as a mid-round draft pick positioned behind multiple veteran backs, finds himself in a similar position to Stacy from a year ago. As for his own development, the ever-improving Stacy named pass protection and growth in receiving as key additions to his 2014 game.
“For me, despite the success I had last year, I still have a lot of improvements (to make),” Stacy said. “That’s what I’m most excited about, the improvements I can make to be a better back and become a complete running back. That’s really my main focus right now.”
After toying around with Daryl Richardson for a few weeks, the Rams turned to Stacy in Week 5, and he never looked back, posting #8 RB numbers the rest of the way. He scored eight TDs in his final 10 games and will enter the 2014 season as the Rams’ bellcow back, though he’ll receive some pressure from rookie Tre Mason, who will have a chance to earn a role as the RB2.
After toying around with Daryl Richardson for a few weeks, the Rams turned to Stacy in Week 5, and he never looked back, posting #8 RB numbers the rest of the way. He scored eight TDs in his final 10 games and we're expecting him to enter the 2014 season as the Rams’ bellcow back. Clearly the Rams want Mason to compete, however.
Daryl Richardson wasn't out of work for long.
Richardson joins a crowded backfield in New York that includes free-agent pickup Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell. CJ2K and the bruising Ivory are expect to split time and receive the bulk of carries.
Richardson was effective enough to run for 4.8 yards per carry during the 2012 season, but he dropped to 3.1 yards per carry last season. Richardson attributed his struggles to a toe injury he suffered early in the season, but it seems the Rams thought the presence of draft pick Tre Mason, Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham was apparently enough to quash their interest in seeing if Richardson can rebound.
Someone was going to have to go once the Rams added Mason to the mix. Richardson shouldn't have a problem finding a new home.
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