August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead (24) carries the ball as Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Horne (11) defends in the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson are still battling to be the backup RB to Steven Jackson.
A mere couple of weeks remain before the NFL begins its regular season, and cuts are coming quickly for NFL teams as they finalize their depth charts and rosters. For the St. Louis Rams, that remains murky, at least in terms of the running backs behind Steven Jackson.
Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson, both recent draft picks for the Rams, are duking it out for the position and Richardson has been the better runner on the field, with Pead being a better returner. Coach Jeff Fisher is being intentionally vague about which one is taking the lead in the race to back up Jackson:
The head coach left the order on the depth chart cloudy. If you want to read between the lines, seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson might just have a leg up on second-round pick Isaiah Pead, at least when it comes to the offense. Special teams is another matter with Pead looking pretty sharp on returns so far.
Fisher is running out of time to pick a clear favorite, as only one preseason game remains for the NFL before preparations begin for the regular season.
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