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Daryl Richardson 2013 Season Outlook

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I've been the one all along saying that if SJax leaves town, which he officially has now, that Richardson will be in line to thrive in a starting role.

It was Richardson, not Pead, that stepped up as a valuable RB behind SJax last year that showed some promising runs. However, It would be naive to ignore Jeff Fisher's comments saying he thinks it's possible Pead could be an every down back for them.

I'm still a Richardson believer if St. Louis decides to roll with these two and not make any further additions. If it's between these two give me Daryl Richardson as a solid RB3 who I think has every shot at a starting gig next year.

Do you think they add some legitimate competition here? Where do you grade Daryl's value?

As I said he's absolutely on my RB3 radar, my guess is he ends up with a starting gig. Albeit not an very attractive starting gig but there's production to be had in every backfield and someone has a golden chace to step up here.

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I own Richardson and Pead in my keeper league....can only keep one. Richardson may be the logical choice based on last year but I have this feeling Pead will end up with the job. Whoever starts there would have low RB2 potential especially in PPR leagues....but I don't know who it will be.

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I like Pead more but I'm not gonna force the issue if his price skyrockets from now til the draft. The draft value of Richardson could likely warrant waiting on some sucker to reach on Pead, as we have yet to witness who wins the training camp battle it's very much up in the air.

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Not sure anyone could like Pead more... no one has seen Pead.

Having said that, they did draft him higher, so that should buy him an an extended look.

Either way, both RBs are sub 200 lbs and neither are feature back material.

If you are inclined to draft one, just look at the one you choose as an RB3/RB4 flyer with upside.

Discliamer: I got Richardson and SJax in a dynasty, so good week overall this week. (cool stroy, bro)

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I have a feeling they will give Pead many opportunities to become the feature RB this season, time will tell if he steps up. If he struggles Richardson could be a pretty good RB3/flex gamble.

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It's too bad he's on a 3-and-out machine farm club. Otherwise he might be worth a 5-6th round pick. 7-8th ok. But isn't that when you better get the QB you're waiting on?

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Not sure anyone could like Pead more... no one has seen Pead.

Having said that, they did draft him higher, so that should buy him an an extended look.

Either way, both RBs are sub 200 lbs and neither are feature back material.

If you are inclined to draft one, just look at the one you choose as an RB3/RB4 flyer with upside.

Discliamer: I got Richardson and SJax in a dynasty, so good week overall this week. (cool stroy, bro)

Just checked richardsons stats, in that offense he had 98 carries for 475 yds (4.8 ypc). SJAX had 4.1 ypc.

in games that he had 7 or more carries, he had 373 yds on 64 carries for 5.8 ypc.

I don't believe he could maintain that high ypc if he is given the majority carries, but since he'll likely be in a RBBC he should have a good ypc.

Even if you think pead is better (despite the great point that Winky made above) its obvious richardson has talent. So even if they want to give Pead the job, Richardson isn't going to just disappear. I think richardson will end up with the majority carries but it'll be an RBBC with those smaller RBs. I'll take proven talent over unknown hype every time. Unless there is a clear separation between the two by the end of preseason, I would think his adp/value going into next yr will be slightly higher than the Donald Brown/Beanie wells crowd last yr.

Anyone know why Pead rode the pine last yr? like was he bad at pass protection or got in the dog house?

Disclaimer: I picked up D-Wilson right before Brown went down in a keeper league (another story made cool by offseason moves)

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Anyone know why Pead rode the pine last yr? like was he bad at pass protection or got in the dog house?

He fumbled once or twice... immediate doghouse for a rookie.

David Wilson had to work through the same stuff, but he ended up getting back on the field whereas Pead never really got the opportunity.

Pead had 10 carries all season and 5 of those were Week 17... that's tough to figure for a high draft pick and the team going 7-8-1. It leads me to believe there was something more than the fumbling issue (or the fumbling issue is worse than anyone outside the Rams knows).

Either way it is a new season with a new regime and an opportunity for a fresh start.

Fisher will get both players their looks early, but he will not tolerate any fumbling either if that happens to be the only issue for Pead.

FWIW:

The Rams won 4 of their last 6 while Richardson/Pead barely sniffed the ball.

Richardson finished off the last 5 games going for a total of 16 carries for 24 yards.

Couple that with the fact that he did not cross the stripe all season and you have pretty uninspiring results.

While he is deserving of a role in the offense, I am not sure he did enough to carve out top dog status.

He did catch 24 balls which was unexpected and pretty solid.

Pre-season will tell us a lot more about how each of these guys will be deployed.

If they do not draft a bruiser, then I anticipate a fairly even job split.

I can also see the Rams picking up someone like Ahmad Bradshaw... a vet with heart that can teach the kids a thing or two about a thing or two before he crumbles and hits IR.... maybe Deangelo Williams or someone else like that.

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I'm a believer in RBs needing more than a few carries to "warm up" and find their "rhythm" so to speak, kind of like how relief pitchers get warm up throws and NBA players do shoot arounds. Though just as i extrapolated stats from when he got more than 6 carries for some of D-rich's stats, its completely fair that you present those as well to get a better idea of the whole picture

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I'm a believer in RBs needing more than a few carries to "warm up" and find their "rhythm" so to speak, kind of like how relief pitchers get warm up throws and NBA players do shoot arounds. Though just as i extrapolated stats from when he got more than 6 carries for some of D-rich's stats, its completely fair that you present those as well to get a better idea of the whole picture

Believe me... I saw the flashes that dazzled, so I firmly in his camp as a fan, but I am loathe to overdraft.

That offense has a ways to go before committee RBs have stand alone value.

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I'm a believer in RBs needing more than a few carries to "warm up" and find their "rhythm" so to speak, kind of like how relief pitchers get warm up throws and NBA players do shoot arounds. Though just as i extrapolated stats from when he got more than 6 carries for some of D-rich's stats, its completely fair that you present those as well to get a better idea of the whole picture

Believe me... I saw the flashes that dazzled, so I firmly in his camp as a fan, but I am loathe to overdraft.

That offense has a ways to go before committee RBs have stand alone value.

That offense is also why I fear that he may get over drafted as it's hard to rely on a guy in a RBBC to be anything more than a RB3. Unless Bradford starts balling like his days at OU, in that offense his TD potential is relatively minimal. I'd compare the offensive situation to something like the cards last season, but with more yardage opportunities since D-Rich/Pead have more talent than the cards RBBC (I've always been a charter member of the official Beanie Wells hater fan club).

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Pead got benched for 3 reasons as I understand it:

1. He didn't know the playbook

2. He didn't blitz protect well

3. He fumbled

Those are going to get rookies benched for sure. D-Rich did a nice job so deserves an open competition. Fisher's most recent statements clearly show he thinks a lot about Pead, saying they drafted him to be a 3-down back.

Reading the tea leaves, if Pead shows he understands the playbook & can pass protect, I think Fisher wants him to win the job. But until then you have to give D-Rich his due. For obvious reasons training camp will be huge for those 2.

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I am a D-Rich believer, and I think he steps up great in a full time starter role next year. Kid is talented.

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Posted · Hidden by RotoRaysfan, April 28, 2013 - Likely advertising just watching for now (only 2 posts, same author both times cited)... · Report post

I honestly think D-Rich is going to have a tough time as a workhouse back if he doesn't bulk up. As can be read here at RotoViz (http://bit.ly/Z4hOGa) I really think he is going to have to gain weight (ala Ray Rice) to produce top-30 fantasy numbers. He reminds me a lot of Rice, who was under 200 pounds and didn't score any of the Ravens' 20 rushing touchdowns that season. But once Rice bulked up to around 215 pounds, the Ravens trusted him and let him shine.

Richardson doesn't really have elite explosiveness or agility that a workhorse back under 200 pounds would need, so in short, he needs to establish his "identity" in the ground game.

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In comes Zac Stacy.

Another RBBC, i think. Stacy is a hard hitting inside runner. Richardson more of a speed guy that could feature on passing downs.

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I dog Silva a lot for his advice-giving columns, always preferring his information over his rankings.

I thought this article on Richardson was a good read and a good demonstration of Silva's true wheelhouse... content.

http://www.rotoworld...aryl-richardson

Props.

I dog Silva a lot for his advice-giving columns, always preferring his information over his rankings.

I thought this article on Richardson was a good read and a good demonstration of Silva's true wheelhouse... content.

http://www.rotoworld...aryl-richardson

Props.

Thanks for posting the link, this was definitely a good read, as were the analyses on Pierce and Miller. I had pretty much written off D.Rich, now will have to re-think.

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Silva has me confused because in 2 different articles I read within like 2 or 3 days of each other he gassed up both Pead and Richardson. I don't know which he prefers anymore. I think I'm just going to watch training camp and preseason and determine for myself. Silva seems to be extremely conflicted on these guys.

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Silva has me confused because in 2 different articles I read within like 2 or 3 days of each other he gassed up both Pead and Richardson. I don't know which he prefers anymore. I think I'm just going to watch training camp and preseason and determine for myself. Silva seems to be extremely conflicted on these guys.

I didn't read a Pead article... but you are making an excellent point if that is your takeaway from both articles.

Can you post the link?

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I'm on my way to work but will try to find the article on Pead and post it sometime today.

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Ok, the Pead article I was referring to is actually from the draft guide under the sleepers and undervalued section. I don't know the rules or guidelines for posting links or info from the draft guide but the article was out Wednesday July 10th, the same exact day the Richardson tape review was put out. The sleepers and undervalued article goes on to say "Pead is the most talented runner in St. Louis and he's being drafted behind inferior teammates Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy." The article also says "Richardson is a change of pace back and Stacy lacks impressive burst". The article finishes by saying of Pead "He's the favorite to lead the Rams backfield on carries and catches this season." So with this article being posted on the same exact day as the Richardson article, it's pretty clear to me that Silva has no idea which Rams RB he prefers.

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I guess this another example of why his content is more valuable than his opinion.

Tomorrow will be Zac Stacy's turn, I guess.

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I'm really high on this guy and am targeting when possible. Considering where he's being drafted and the other RBs available around him (average guys and 2nd stringers), I think he has nice upside. He proved he can run in the NFL last year, he already beat out Pead once (even though he was a 7th rd rookie), Pead is already starting the season with a 1 game suspension. I think Richardson has the advantage, especially if he really proves himself in that first game where Pead is out. I don't see Stacy as anything more than a short yardage/goal line back - but he could steal TDs from the other guys. I also think Richardson will be the favorite for 3rd downs.

Of course I could be wrong and they could do a full RBBC, which wouldn't bode well for any of them from a fantasy perspective.

The guy just looks good on the field. Good vision, burst, change of direction, speed. Doesn't go down as easily as you would think, and does a good job falling forward. And he can catch the ball. He did have 3 fumbles (2 lost) in only 120 touches though.

Not sure anyone could like Pead more... no one has seen Pead.

Having said that, they did draft him higher, so that should buy him an an extended look.

Either way, both RBs are sub 200 lbs and neither are feature back material.

If you are inclined to draft one, just look at the one you choose as an RB3/RB4 flyer with upside.

Discliamer: I got Richardson and SJax in a dynasty, so good week overall this week. (cool stroy, bro)

Pead is 200, Richardson is 205. Since when does weight automatically disqualify someone as a featured RB (unless I misread your post)? If that's not what you're saying - I don't see how you can assume they're not feature back material based on talent - we have hardly seen them, and what I've seen of Richardson makes me think he has the potential to be one.

Jamaal Charles - 199

Cj Spiller - 200

Chris Johnson - 191

Reggie Bush - 203

LeSean McCoy - 208

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People seem to want to discount Pead because of his pretty much non-existent prescense last year. However, I remember reading articles last offseason where some scouts were throwing around Brian Westbrook comparisons. Now, I'll be the first to admit, I have watched zero Pead snaps both in college or last year in his rookie year with the Rams, but I just think people are writing Pead off simply because Richardson played last year for the Rams and Pead played very very sparingly.

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People seem to want to discount Pead because of his pretty much non-existent prescense last year. However, I remember reading articles last offseason where some scouts were throwing around Brian Westbrook comparisons. Now, I'll be the first to admit, I have watched zero Pead snaps both in college or last year in his rookie year with the Rams, but I just think people are writing Pead off simply because Richardson played last year for the Rams and Pead played very very sparingly.

The reason that you have to consider D.Rich over Pead is because, as RotoRay pointed out regarding Pead:

1. He didn't know the playbook

2. He didn't blitz protect well

3. He fumbled

Add to that the fact that he has been known to be late for practice on several occasions, bringing into question his work ethic, and that he now has the substance abuse issue....well, the combination of all of these things just don't promote much confidence that he has it between the ears to be a consistent, reliable NFL back. He is very talented, and if he can straighten up and fly right he could be the man, but I'm not going to invest anything in him until there is some sign that he has changed.

In the meantime, you have to consider the possibility that DRich could step up and take the job.

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