Found August 22, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
Daryl Richardson (@STLouisRams) The St. Louis Rams took a chance on Daryl Richardson, drafting him with the 252nd pick, in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL draft. Richardson played his college ball at Abilene Christian, a small Christian College in Texas, and was virtually unknown to most football fans when originally selected by St. Louis. After learning from veteran Stephen Jackson, playing sparingly in his rookie season, Richardson actually fared pretty well in his rookie campaign, rushing for 478 yards on 98 attempts. Richardson at times looked like a carbon cut out of Stephen Jackson himself, possessing similar instincts, quick feet, and both good receivers out of the backfield. Granted Jackson is physically bigger than Richardson, and Richardson is said to have quicker feet, and Jackson being a bull with the football in his hands. The two things that instantly skyrocket Daryl Richardson’s fantasy stock is the fact that he already has been named the starting running back by Head Coach Jeff Fischer, and he is by far the most complete running back on the roster now that Stephen Jackson is in Atlanta. Richardson beat out top prospect running back Isaiah Pead, whom was drafted well ahead of Richardson in 2012 out of Cincinnati, and Pead is facing a suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy this season. Even without the suspension, Richardson is a better option than Isaiah Pead, being that Pead, struggled to pick up the playbook last season, unable to make the cerebral transition to the pro’s led Pead to finish the season with just 10 carries. On a more recent note, Richardson has clearly out performed Pead in training camp and the pre-season, and with a suspension looming for Pead, his chances are looking slim, and must work even harder to work his way back up the depth chart, as Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham look to support Daryl Richardson as his back-ups. The best part about Daryl Richardson as far as fantasy value is concerned, is the fact you will not have to waste a high pick, as he is expected to be available on most draft boards into the later rounds. With Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams shifting their offensive focus to the pass game, it may very well play even more into Richardson’s style of play. With nifty feet and good hands Richardson should reap the benefits of the famous dump-off or check down pass, which could compliment Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, and tight end Jared Cook in the passing game. Daryl Richardson’s versatility, his youth, and lower payroll hit are all reasons why the Rams parted ways with stud running back Stephen Jackson, knowing the change in philosophy may not fit needs and wants of the Rams and even Jackson, made the transition even easier. As it should your selection process for your upcoming fantasy drafts, if you are one of the many who expect more out of the Rams this season, then you should expect more of Daryl Richardson’s contributions. Rob Lara @roblara05
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

St. Louis Rams: Sleeper Team To Watch in 2013?

The St. Louis Rams will face many inevitable challenges in the upcoming 2013 NFL regular season. Aside from the arduous task of trying to compete with the two of the league’s top projected preseason Super Bowl contenders—the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks—St. Louis also has to find a way to take things to the next level on offense. Quarterback Sam Bradford...

Top 2013 NFC West Impact Rookies

We’re only weeks away from the start of the regular season, and it’s an exciting time for every NFL fan. And a large part of the excitement can stem from the rookies. These fresh new faces bring hope to every team of a better tomorrow, and can be the difference between winning the division and even winning the Super Bowl. That’s why the top rookies in the NFC West will be highlighted...

Blurred lines: Rams' rookies finish camp with dizzy bat races

ST. LOUIS -- Coach Jeff Fisher called it a reward for Rams' rookies completing the official portion of training camp. The rookies probably call it something else. But those who have seen it before call it "the dizzy bat relay race" and it proved as silly as its name. How it worked: Fisher had the rookies split into teams and lined them up on a goal line. One at a...

Saffold pleads his case to get back on the field for Rams

ST. LOUIS -- Rodger Saffold has been both a right tackle and a salesman lately. Two weeks after dislocating his left shoulder, he is doing his best to convince his team's decision makers to buy in on the belief he can play in Saturday's preseason game against the Denver Broncos. "Right now I feel good," Saffold said Thursday. "I feel confident." "...

Fantasy Sleepers: Runningbacks Edition

Daryl Richardson (@STLouisRams) With every year, the importance of drafting a runningback early becomes more and more clear. If you were one of the lucky owners to hit the jackpot on the Adrian Peterson sweepstakes, you probably also enjoyed a fantasy championship. While 2000 yard seasons are impossible to predict, keeping touch on runningbacks is especially important. Remember...

Report: Rams Second-Year RB Terrance Ganaway Gives Up Football

Jim Thomas reports that Rams second-year RB Terrance Ganaway has decided to quit football and focus on getting his degree. Ganaway was taken in the sixth-round by the New York Jets, but wasn’t able to crack the team’s 53-man roster and was later claimed off of waivers by the Rams. There was some question regarding his role with the Rams moving forward, especially after they...

Rams' running back Terrance Ganaway suddenly retires

St. Louis Rams second-year running back Terrance Ganaway has decided to retire from the NFL, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner. Ganaway was originally a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2012. The Jets released him in their final wave of cuts that same year and the Rams claimed him off waivers. Despite being active for St. Louis all season, he failed to record...

Rams' Rodger Saffold returns to team drills on limited basis after dislocating shoulder

St. Louis Rams’ offensive tackle Rodger Saffold has returned to practice on a limited basis after suffering a dislocated left shoulder in the Rams’ preseason opener, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner Saffold was seen participating in individual drills Tuesday, and became even more involved in practice Wednesday when the young tackle was seen during a few of the Rams’...

Rams officially break camp with several issues still to tackle

ST. LOUIS -- Training camp ended for the Rams Wednesday afternoon, officially anyway. Mainly that means no more workouts will be open to the public and per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, work days for the players become a bit shorter. It doesn't mean they're done training, though. Tough they're four weeks into their preseason work, more than two weeks as well as...

Four reasons why Rams-Broncos exhibition truly is worth watching

As preseason games go, this will be one worth watching. Week No. 3. First-teamers make more than a token appearance, it's the final game before position battles are decided and, finally, you can sense the regular season is nearing. There will be plenty of other reasons to watch when the Rams visit the Denver Broncos on Saturday in a nationally televised contest at 7 p.m. (CBS...

Rams won't get creative with last two preseason game plans

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jeff Fisher is determined to keep everyone guessing for the rest of the preseason. So you can expect the St. Louis Rams coach to bring out two more conservative game plans in the last preseason games. "We've got a regular season we're concerned about," Fisher said. "We're throwing it and we're handing it off. "It's just I...

St. Louis Rams 2013 NFL Team Preview

Jeff Fisher made his bones in coaching with a bruising, physical defense coupled with a conservative run-oriented offense led by big back Eddie...
Rams News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.