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Daryl Richardson is the Rams starting tailback

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Running back Daryl Richardson only played four snaps in the team’s second preseason game.

It wasn’t because he’s falling out of favor with the coaching staff, though. It’s because the team has already seen all that they needed to see from Richardson to know that he’d be in the backfield when the offense opens up the season against the Cardinals. That was coach Jeff Fisher’s explanation at a Monday press conference that confirmed where things have been heading for some time.

“From a starting standpoint, yeah, I think Daryl would probably take the first snap against Arizona,” Fisher said.

It doesn’t hurt that Isaiah Pead won’t be available Week One because of a suspension, but Fisher made it clear that Richardson wasn’t starting by default. Fisher has said that he doesn’t anticipate having a bell cow back, so Pead should still see a good amount of work. Being the first guy up always has its advantages, though, and Richardson looks like a good fit for the overall move toward more spread looks after the acquisitions of Tavon Austin and Jared Cook.

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18 Responses to “Daryl Richardson is the Rams starting tailback”
  1. jordan1177 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:18 PM

    it’s going to be a long year for the black & yella. steelers will miss the playoffs again. go ravens…world champs!

  2. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 19, 2013 11:05 PM

    Not big enough for normal no.1 type workload.

    I’m anticipating between 12-15 touches per game.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 19, 2013 11:14 PM

    St. Louis gearing up for another losing season.

  4. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:15 PM

    Richardson better take advantage of the situation he’s in because he wouldn’t even make the final 53 for both the Seahawks and 9ers.

  5. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 19, 2013 11:27 PM

    It looks like Isaiah Pead the bed on his chances to start.

  6. staffordsyear says: Aug 19, 2013 11:39 PM

    Late round fantasy pick.

  7. godolphins133499 says: Aug 20, 2013 12:42 AM

    Glad I scooped him up in my ffl

  8. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 20, 2013 1:47 AM

    Not a surprise. I think Pead will get a fair chance to split carries, but it was pretty obvious since last season that Richardson would be the starter. The team is all on Bradford’s shoulders now.

  9. rukkus1 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:56 AM

    D. Rich is a stud. Good to see him get the nod. Good to see him on my fantasy team. He was a steal in rd. 7

  10. overweightman says: Aug 20, 2013 2:11 AM

    I watched Richardson twice last year against the Niners. This guy is a little smaller, but you wouldn’t be able to tell based on the way he runs. I don’t think they missed a beat when he spelled SJ39.

  11. hodge05 says: Aug 20, 2013 4:00 AM

    Couldn’t you have waited until my fantasy draft tomorrow before you announced this!? Was going to be such a steal in the 9th round. :(

  12. yipicya says: Aug 20, 2013 4:16 AM

    Bwahaha

    Hahaha

    BWAHAHA

    4-12 baybeee

  13. twilson962 says: Aug 20, 2013 7:19 AM

    Fantasy sleeper.

  14. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 20, 2013 7:50 AM

    LOL

  15. jimmyt says: Aug 20, 2013 9:25 AM

    sweetnlow44, I guess you are saying that the Niners and the Hawks are going to beat up on the Rams like they did last year? Is that what you are trying to say?

  16. sportsbastard says: Aug 20, 2013 11:42 AM

    Jamaal Charles = 5’11” 199#, Chris Johnson = 5’11” 191, D. Richardson = 5’10” 196#.

    He’s plenty big enough.

  17. sportsbastard says: Aug 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    Oh and C.J. Spiller 5’11” 200#.. All of the above are considered top end fantasy RB’s, no reason to believe DRich won’t be able to do the same.

  18. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    He’s not big enough.

    Takes too many hits.

    Comparing him to RBs who;

    a)running styles are not similar or

    b)did not have a heavy workload at the same age or

    c)much more talented than he is.

    Well done.

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