Isaiah Pead Suspension Makes St. Louis Rams’ Running Game Even Less Certain

Isaiah Pead with a rush

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It didn’t take long for Isaiah Pead to get his second season with the St. Louis Rams off on the wrong foot. Pead was a disappointment last season considering he ran the ball 10 times despite being the 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The uphill battle that has been Pead’s professional career only got steeper on Friday as he was suspended for the first game of the season due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Of course, this is not what head coach Jeff Fisher wanted to hear, even though many are already calling the starting job last year’s seventh round pick Daryl Richardson‘s to lose.

St. Louis stole the show in the 2013 NFL Draft by trading up to get Tavon Austin, and now the Rams will be forced to use Austin in more sets that involve him in the backfield considering the lack of production. It’s a shame the running game is so horrid because the offense was addressed this offseason with LT Jake Long and TE Jared Cook who both commanded quite a bit of cash.

It’s obvious that Pead has not adapted to the life of an NFL player. In fact, the ex-Cincinnati Bearcat said in an interview this offseason that his first year was a “Miserable life. Miserable four-five months.” At first, I took the statement as a sign in the right direction showing responsibility and that Pead wanted better for himself, but that was obviously not the case.

You should keep an eye on Richardson come training camp, especially if you’re are fantasy football player because he is sure to be the Rams starting running back for week one and beyond.


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