ST. LOUIS -- Rams running back Daryl Richardson is not shy about his intentions.
"I want to be the starter," he said Friday afternoon. "It's very important. I know I can contribute a lot to the team."
This time last summer, such a proclamation would have caused great laughter around the NFL. As the next-to-last player picked in the 2012 draft, the Abilene Christian product was a long shot to make the team. But when second-round pick Isaiah Pead stumbled in training camp, Richardson stepped up. He not only made the team but ended up as the Rams' second-leading rusher behind Steven Jackson.
With Jackson moving on to Atlanta and the Rams choosing not to bring in a veteran to replace him, Richardson's successful rookie season makes him No. 1 on the depth chart, at least for now.
While Richardson could end up in a trio with Isaiah Pead and rookie Zac Stacy, keep in mind that coach Jeff Fisher typically has gone with a main-man approach. But the varied skills each of his three young ...