St. Louis Rams Daryl Richardson
Ready for bigger role in offense
by Bo Marchionte
The St. Louis Rams struck miners' gold in the seventh round last season drafting running back Daryl Richardson. A lot of big names kids from Abilene Christian usually get's standout players from big name schools that have had troubles. Richardson was the opposite he came from tiny Cisco Community college in Texas before heading off to play for the Wildcats.
In 2013, Richardson was the starting tailback in the teams first preseason game. Deservingly so after finishing as the teams second leading rusher. "I feel better," Richardson said grabbing his shirt out of his locker, I'm more settled in."
It's not secret that the backfield will look different this season with the departure of veteran Steven Jackson the teams all-time leading rusher (10,135). "I'm more familiar with the offense," Richardson mentions and adds, "I just feel better physically and mentally."
The Rams aren't shy about throwing the ball to their running backs. Between Jackson and Richardson last season they combined for over 50 catches. With Jackson off to the Atlanta Falcons Richardson, there is now in line for more opportunities catching the football. "I'm going to have more receptions this year," Richardson said. "They're going to give me more opportunities to catch the ball with screens and stuff."
St. Louis finished 7-8-1 last season and under the direction of head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher was able to put his successful stamp on the franchise and this season there is plenty of excitement on how good this team can be.