The tale of St. Louis Rams’ running back Isaiah Pead may end up being a short one.
Pead was taken by the Rams with the 50th overall pick of the 2012 Draft, eights spots ahead of stud linebacker Lavonte David and ten picks ahead of corner Casey Hayward. There would’ve been no reason to doubt the Rams selection at the time, after all, the University of Cincinnati product was an electrifying running back in college and performed very well in the pre-draft combines. The 5’10”, 200-pounder finished fourth among all RBs in the cone drill (6.95) and had the fifth-best 40 time at the position (4.47). Pead went into camp that year looking to compete, but quickly fell behind Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson on the depth charts, finishing with just 10 carries for 54 yards during his rookie season.
2013 was supposed to be his breakout. Fantasy football owners pegged him as a guy who could be taken later in drafts, yet had fantasy starter capability. With Jackson signing in Atlanta, Richardson was the starter on paper, but he could easily be overtaken. Pead’s sleeper status grew exponentially during the off-season, until a suspension for substance abuse derailed that somewhat. He was forced to miss the Rams’ season opener and never regained any of his momentum from training camp. Coach Jeff Fisher saddled Richardson with the bulk of the ball-carrying duties for the first couple weeks of the season, limiting Pead’s upside. Pead received only one carry in Week 2, turning that into just one yard. He had two catches for 18 yards as well, but he was clearly behind the eight ball. During Week 3 vs. Dallas, Pead rushed for 20 yards and caught seven balls for 43 yards — a pretty productive game. Things were looking up for the second-year back — or were they?Please, blog, may I have some more?