ST. LOUIS -- Here Isaiah Pead stands, yards behind Steven Jackson as the ninth-year veteran cradles a pass from reserve quarterback Tom Brandstater during drills at Rams Park, the rookie resembling the lightning to Jackson's thunder.
"Of course, we're two different types of running backs," says Pead, all of 5-feet-10, 197 pounds. "But you can always learn."
Here Pead stands, cutting in the backfield late Tuesday afternoon, searching for a sliver of space between defenders whereas Jackson would bull through them.
"Every man is himself," says Pead, chosen 50th overall to complement the 6-2, 240-pound Jackson, the St. Louis Rams' all-time leading rusher. "Everybody has their own routine."
Pead is trying to develop his routine while drawing lessons from Jackson's example. The 22-year-old Cincinnati product is one of the Rams' most intriguing newcomers: He's quick, he's explosive, he can pivot in a pinch, and he can ...