Daryl Richardson and his nascent fantasy football vogue—about which more here—pushed Isaiah Pead all the way off the active roster for the St. Louis Rams' Week 4 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, but that wasn't enough to get him more than a toehold in the Rams' struggling offense. Richardson got six carries—compared to 18 for Steven Jackson—and was unable to capitalize on the Rams starter's rough night, managing just 16 yards.
Richardson was averaging 5.7 yards per carry until Sunday—compared to 3.4 for Jackson—but neither of the Rams' running backs could get established against the Seahawks' defense, and Jackson, at least, had a few particularly successful runs sprinkled among his one yard gains and losses.
If Jackson is still recovering from his Week 2 groin injury, and assuming that Pead might eventually get off the bench, this could have been Daryl Richardson's best chance to establish himself as a serious applicant for the Rams' running back of the future position. His season's still been a remarkable success out of the seventh round, but it might be time to pull back a little and let him (and Isaiah Pead, for that matter) continue to develop.