Daryl Richardson was surprised when he found out this offseason that longtime NFL running back Steven Jackson was no longer a St. Louis Ram.
But Richardson also knew what Jackson's signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons meant for him.
''It was shocking to hear it, but of course, it means a bigger role for me and an opportunity to step up and have a bigger part on the team,'' said Richardson, a second-year pro who is one of several backs trying to take Jackson's old spot.
Richardson played a larger part on last year's team than probably he or most anyone else anticipated.
In addition to having Jackson entrenched as the starter, the Rams used a second-round pick in 2012 on Isaiah Pead from Cincinnati. St. Louis picked Richardson, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back out Abilene Christian, five rounds later.
Pead was seen by many as Jackson's heir apparent. But Richardson outplayed Pead and his quickness proved to be a nice change of pace t...