Head coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams made it official naming Daryl Richardson as the starting running back for week 1 of the 2013 season. Richardson beat out Isaiah Pead who couldn’t get anything going playing with the first team offense. Pead averaged a dismal 2.64 yards-per-carry in the preseason and lost a critical fumble.
Richardson did NOT start in the most recent preseason game against the Packers, but still managed to impress coaches and lock up the job.
Pead and Richardson have been openly competing for the job since camp started. Both backs were drafted in 2012, although Pead was drafted five rounds before Richardson. Despite being a later pick, Richardson saw the majority of snaps during practice. He ran for 475 yards on 98 carries as Steven Jackson’s primary backup last season and also added 24 catches for 163 yards.
With Steven Jackson in the lineup, the Rams were more than happy to let one back take on the bulk of the work. This year, Fisher says it’s not out of the question that two or three backs will share the workload. Despite his coach’s willingness to use multiple rushers, Richardson feels he can “do it all” as an every down back during the upcoming season.