Fisher names Daryl Washington Ramsí No.1 RB
So, it really wasn’t a surprise when Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced that Richardson will be the starting running back when team plays its season opener against the Arizona Cardinals at Edward Jones Dome on Sep. 8.
"Well, from a starting standpoint, yeah, I think Daryl would probably take the first snap against Arizona," Fisher said after Monday’s practice.
Richardson has come a long way since he almost went undrafted and avoided the becoming Mr. Irrelevant by one pick difference in the 2012 NFL draft. The 23-year-old Richardson has the most experience of all of the only of the Ram’s running backs. As a rookie, Richardson started all 16 games for the Rams last season, rushing for 475 yards on 96 carries. Now Richardson will step into a bigger role in his second season, replacing the Rams’ all-time running back Steven Jackson. While it’s a big change for Richardson, the Rams aren’t expected to burden him with the entire load and will keep looking towards their other running backs to pick up some of the rushing duties.
"I feel real good," Richardson said about of being promoted to the top spot on the depth chart. "I have just (been) preparing myself to work every day and to get better."
Richardson entered camp in battle with 2012 draft pick Isaiah Pead, rookie Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham for the starting job. His roster spot is still secure even though Richardson played only four snaps compared to Pead’s 24 plays, in the Rams' second preseason game Saturday. Richardson had a reception for 24 yards in the Saturday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
So far this preseason, Richardson has recorded four carries for 24 yards, and three catches for 44 yards.
Richardson said it didn’t shock him that already he’d earned the starting running back job with the Rams only have way through the preseason.
"I ain't really surprised. This is what I worked for,” Richardson said. “I'm out here working every day and reached some of my goals."