Earlier today we learned that the St. Louis Rams were actively trying to trade 2012 second round draft pick, Isaiah Pead during the Draft. And today we learn that the man that essentially out played Pead since the moment they arrived on the team, Daryl Richardson, is subsequently waived.
Richardson was the incoming starter in 2013 after the Rams let Steven Jackson walk but he was never 100% healthy in his sophomore year battling turf toe. His numbers took a huge hit and that’s when Zac Stacy took over and ran away with the job.
After the Rams drafted Tre Mason in the third round, it was speculated someone would be cut, but Pead seemed like the obvious choice. Since joining the Rams in 2012, he’s only rushed the ball 17 times for 75 yards and caught 14 passes for 94 yards. Richardson on the other hand finished his two year stint with the Rams with 167 carries for 690 yards and 38 receptions for 284 yards.
Richardson should latch on somewhere quickly as a backup while Pead will continue to battle for time. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Pead not make the final 53-man roster. This does open the door for Mason to have more playing time in his rookie season. If Pead falters, which is going to happen, Mason should slide right into the change-of-pace role.