Found August 16, 2013 on
Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS -- Isaiah Pead says he hasn't been able to show it yet, the electricity and explosion, the speed and vision that made him a Cincinnati star.
"I don't think my best abilities have came out, by any means," he said Friday.
But the question about the running back St. Louis used its fourth draft pick on in 2012 is starting to change. It used to be, "When will Pead peak?" It's shifting to, "Will he?"
With a less-than-stellar rookie season in the books and a rough start to his second year, Pead has work to do. Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay offers his next opportunity to prove he should replace departed starter Steven Jackson instead of Daryl Richardson, who seems to be settling into the role.
"I think Daryl played really, really well last week," Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday. "I think Isaiah's definitely got to play some catch-up. But again, we're not just looking at one game. He's got a whole preseason to look at. We were very pleased with the way Daryl played last week. They've both done really well in practice. Would I say Daryl has the lead? Sure, but there's a ways to go, and we expect good things from Isaiah this weekend."
Richardson having a leg up on Pead has been a consistent theme since both running backs became Rams in 2012. St. Louis snagged Richardson from Abilene Christian with its last pick, the second-to-last in the entire draft. Richardson carried the ball 98 times for 475 yards in 2012. Pead totaled 10 touches for 54 yards.
This year's camp offered a clean slate, one Pead put an early black mark on when the NFL suspended him for the season opener against Atlanta due to a substance abuse violation. While that misstep hasn't limited his reps, his performance against the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 8 probably did. Pead carried the ball just three times, fumbling once.
"Obviously, he was disappointed last week in the fumble," Schottenheimer said. "We talked about that with him. We said, 'Hey, dont let one play take away all the great things youve done.'"
"Hes still a young player. Youve got to teach him. But build on the great things hes doing out here on the practice field and carry that over to the field."
Carrying it over has always been the issue for Pead. He says he feels he is still getting "a fair shake" in the battle for the starting position. But he will need to show what he can do -- soon.
"I'm ready for the next game," he said. "And I'm excited for it."
Follow Ben Frederickson on Twitter (@Ben_Fred), or contact him at email@example.com.
BEST OF MAXIM
Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff says that the Rams are in the process of completely overhauling their uniforms according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through an NFL.com article. “I think at some time in the next five years, you’ll see a complete uniform — throwback and current uniform — change,” Demoff, the...
The Rams will face the Green Bay Packers for only the 4th time in the Preseason (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/St. Louis Rams)
As the St. Louis Rams are getting ready to take on the Green Bay Packers in just a couple of hours, the season is beginning to inch closer and closer. This will be the only the fourth times the teams meet during the preseason with the last meeting being in...
Early in the second quarter of the Rams’ preseason opener with the Cleveland Browns last week, speedster Travis Benjamin fielded a punt on the right side, made a cut to his left and streaked untouched down the sideline for a 91-yard score. It’s the kind of play the team can’t let happen if they want to challenge for the division title. Special teams coordinator John Fassel...
Whiffs in the secondary
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has stressed his team will keep things vanilla-flavored on both defense and offense during the preseason. But it's doubtful his desire to hide certain schemes includes a wish to shy away from basic fundamentals like proper tackling. The Rams' starting defense -- specifically the secondary -- showed some rustiness wrapping up...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Jake Long wants to set the record straight.
The St. Louis left tackle is 100 percent healthy entering his first season with the Rams.
After missing the final four games last season because of a left triceps injury that required surgery, the 28-year-old Long is eager to cut loose.
"I'm feeling great, the best I've felt in years," he said. "...
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Perhaps one shouldn't complain about any defense that holds Aaron Rodgers to a pair of field goals.
But I'm going to, anyway. The Rams' defense, after all, is not supposed to be just any defense. As defensive end Chris Long has said, "Our goal has gotta be a top-five defense. Top 10 is the minimum expectation."They won't sniff their goal...
When the Rams dropped their pre-season opener with a lackluster 27-19 effort at Cleveland last Thursday, Jeff Fisher did not seem too bothered. He chose to spin the sub-par effort as an opportunity.
"As coaches, you'd rather have it that way than the other way where you play a perfect game and you just move on to the next one,"he said the day after.
Well, the next one...
Barrett Jones played a major role on three national championship teams at Alabama, and has the trophy hardware to prove it.
He insists it's been no adjustment going from highly-decorated college offensive lineman to semi-anonymous fourth-round draft pick with the St. Louis Rams.
Jones is getting most of his work with the third team, partly because of missing the first week...
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Aaron Rodgers got the Green Bay Packers on the scoreboard for the first time in the preseason, but settled for six points after three productive drives in a 19-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night.Sam Bradford had only himself to blame for putting up nice numbers, going 8 for 12 for 156 yards, with nothing to show for four possessions. His highlight...
Recap The Green Bay Packers (0-1) shut out the St. Louis Rams in the first half and took a 6-0 lead into halftime. Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was his usual efficient self, completing 10 of 12 passing attempts for 134 yards on three drives. The first drive ended in a 34-yard field goal by kicker […]The post Green Bay Packers shut out St. Louis Rams in first half, 9-0 by...