(EARTH CITY, Mo.) — Now that Steven Jackson is gone, the Rams need a new starting running back. The search is now over as the team has named Daryl Richardson the team’s new lead back.
Richardson was battling Isaiah Pead as well as Zac Stacy, but head coach Jeff Fisher procalimed that Richardson will handle the load at the running back spot.
“Well, from a starting standpoint, yeah, I think Daryl would probably take the first snap against Arizona,” Fisher said.
Meanwhile, this isn’t much news to Richardson. “I ain’t really surprised,” he said. “This is what I worked for. I’m out here working every day and reached some of my goals.”
The 23-year-old Richardson had a productive rookie season in 2012. He carried the ball 98 times for 475 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in a regular season NFL game though.
Richardson’s ascension to the starting role has been coming for a little while now. He started the first preseason game and had 44 total yards while Pead had a fumble on his first carry. On Saturday against Green Bay, Richardson had only took part in four plays while Pead was involved in 24 plays.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN