When the St. Louis Rams selected running back Isaiah Pead in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, many Rams fans believed that the team had just drafted the perfect complement to go along with Steven Jackson.
Now, Jackson is in Atlanta and people’s thought on Pead have certainly changed. In fact, Pead may need to start worrying about his job and his future in the NFL, let alone where he will be placed on the depth chart this season.
Pead put the balll on the ground on his first carry of the preseason last Thursday. This, following a summer that was not so quite to Pead off the field. Pead will miss the team’s first game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
But the suspension is not why Pead must worry about his job. His lack of urgency, his inability to take care of the football and his lack of stepping up to the plate make him vulnerable.
Three backs, Daryl Richardson, Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham all ran the ball more times than Pead in the preseason opener. While workloads do not always equate to where a player lies on the deptch chart, it is an indicator of what the coaches may be thinking.
I am not a coach, but I think Pead is in trouble. Big trouble. He definitely can not afford another mistake like the one he made against the Cleveland Browns.
After reading about Cunningham more over at TurfShowTimes.com, my assertions on Pead’s possible future in St. Louis, or lack thereof, became even stronger. Cunningham is turning heads in camp and if Pead can not protect the football and become the type of speed running back many hoped he would be, there may be little reason to keep him around other than to save face on drafting him in the second round.
Pead has to be be better throughout the rest of the preseason and can not waste anytime in building a case as to why Jeff Fisher should keep him around because as of right now, Fisher has very little reason to do so.
If Pead can limit his mistakes throughout the rest of the preseason, he will be a member of the St. Louis Rams in 2013.
But if he coughs up another fumble, there just may not be enough room on the roster for Isaiah Pead.
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