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St. Louis Rams Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Zac Stacy, RB7/18/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com predicts rookie running back Tre Mason will get 8-10 carries per game for the Rams this season.
Insight: Zac Stacy saw 249 carries across his 12 starts in 2013, or 20.8 per game, and St. Louis really didn't use a backup much during that stretch. Mason stealing 8-10 carries per game would be devastating to Stacy's fantasy value unless the Rams plan to run the ball more than they did last season (St. Louis averaged 24.25 non-quarterback runs per game). We expect Stacy to still see around 17 touches per game and all the goal-line work, so his 27.1 ADP in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts is reasonable.
Sam Bradford, QB6/4/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) is expected to be ready to participate in the team's minicamp this week. Source: Chris Wesseling, NFL.com.
Insight: With a vote of confidence from head coach Jeff Fisher behind Bradford, the QB appears ready to return to action seven months after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Prior to his injury, Bradford threw for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. While Bradford has struggled to live up to expectations, he's more than capable of delivering gaudy numbers if healthy, so definitely keep an eye on his progress this offseason.
Daryl Richardson, RB5/15/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis has cut ties with running back Daryl Richardson. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: Richardson had a solid rookie season (475 rushing yards, 4.8 yards per carry) but couldn't get anything going in his sophomore campaign (215 yards, 3.1 ypc). The Rams are expected to go with Zac Stacy on early downs with rookie Tre Mason filling a third down/change of pace role. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham are also on the roster.
Stedman Bailey, WR5/12/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Rams receiver Stedman Bailey will be suspended for the first four games of next season after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. SOURCE: Nick Wagoner, ESPN
Insight: He'll be back for Week 6 against the 49ers. Bailey caught only 17 passes as a rookie. None of them went for touchdowns.
Michael Sam, DE5/11/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: St. Louis used its final pick of the 2014 draft on Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.
Insight: Sam, who was taken 249th overall, is the first openly gay player to be drafted. Despite being named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season, Sam will have a lot to prove following his disappointing showing at the NFL Draft Combine three months ago.
Sam Bradford, QB5/6/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Rams coach Jeff Fisher reiterated on Tuesday that Sam Bradford is the team's starting quarterback, according to Tony Softli of 101 ESPN.
Insight: Fisher went as far as saying Bradford is the reason he took the St. Louis coaching job. Prior to tearing his ACL last season, Bradford had 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. Due to the Robert Griffin III trade in 2012, the Rams have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but they're expected to trade it or spend it on an offensive lineman, not a QB.
Kenny Britt, WR3/31/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: The Rams have signed WR Kenny Britt to a one-year deal.
Insight: Britt will be reunited with Jeff Fisher, who drafted the receiver in 2009. Britt has been set back by multiple knee injuries and discipline problems and put up just 685 yards and four touchdowns in 26 games the last two years. The Rams haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Torry Holt in 2007.
Shaun Hill, QB3/26/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams have agreed to sign quarterback Shaun Hill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Insight: Hill will only see the field next season if Sam Bradford gets hurt. Given Bradford's long injury history, that's certainly a possibility.
Zac Stacy, RB3/26/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams coach Jeff Fisher addressed running back Zac Stacy's future role with the team on Wednesday. "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent-of-the-carries guy," Fisher said.
Insight: What does he mean, over time? In 12 games as St. Louis' starting tailback last season, Stacy averaged 20.8 carries. He should be a late first-round or early second-round pick in 2014 drafts.
Cortland Finnegan, CB3/5/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: The Rams cut ties with cornerback Cortland Finnegan on Wednesday. SOURCE: Cortland Finnegan on Twitter
Insight: Finnegan missed the second half of last season with a facial fracture. At age 30, the former Pro Bowler will probably have to settle for a one or two-year deal in free agency.
Sam Bradford, QB2/21/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Rams coach Jeff Fisher said starting QB Sam Bradford will begin throwing in late May and early June.
Insight: Hopefully, he sticks to that schedule and is available come the start of summer camp. Bradford was putting up solid stats until his season-ending injury. He was averaing 241 ypg with 14 TD passes and just four interceptions.
Sam Bradford, QB2/18/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Rams coach Jeff Fisher reiterated on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" Tuesday that Sam Bradford will be the team's starting quarterback in 2014.
Insight: "Sam's doing great with the rehab," Fisher said. "He's really excited. He took on a leadership role last year and he's maintained that and he's our quarterback, and we've said that." Bradfordm, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, had 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in the first seven games last season before tearing his ACL. He's entering a make-or-break season in 2014.
Sam Bradford, QB1/17/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to be ready for training camp next summer, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: The 2013 season was a slight step back for Bradford who appeared to be blossoming into a viable fantasy QB option in 2012 (3,702 yards, 21 TD, 13 INT). He played well in seven games, but for the second time in four years missed a big portion of the season due to injury. The jury is still out on the 2010 No. 1 overall selection.
Tavon Austin, WR12/29/2013 3:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis wideout and return specialist Tavon Austin won't be in the lineup Sunday versus Seattle.
Insight: It's the third game Austin has missed with a high ankle sprain. He'll finish his rookie campaign with 40 catches for 418 yards and four scores.
Zac Stacy, RBHot12/22/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy had his second straight 100-yard game and scored a touchdown for the seventh time in the last seven games Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Insight: Stacy took 33 handoffs in Week 16 and has averaged 21.3 carries per game in 11 games since taking over the starting job. He needs 42 rushing yards in Week 17 to hit the 1,000-yard mark.
Tavon Austin, WR12/22/2013 11:41:00 AM
Description: Rams WR/PR Tavon Austin (ankle) didn't play in Week 15 against the Saints and isn't going to play in Week 16. He's inactive.
Insight: Austin has made at least one 50-plus-yard play in three of the past four games, but his usage has been too sporadic to use him in fantasy.
Tavon Austin, WR12/20/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Rams WR/PR Tavon Austin (ankle) didn't play in Week 15 against the Saints and it isn't looking very good for Week 16 after he missed Thursday's practice.
Insight: Austin has made at least one 50-plus-yard play in three of the past four games, but his usage has been too sporadic to use him in fantasy.
Zac Stacy, RB12/15/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy galloped for 133 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries Sunday against the Saints.
Insight: It was his first 100-yard game since Nov. 3 against the Titans. Stacy is just 146 yards away from 1,000 yards with two games to play even though he had just one carry in the first four games.
Tavon Austin, WR12/15/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: Rams WR/PR Tavon Austin (ankle) is not expected to play in Week 15 against the Saints, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Austin has made at least one 50-plus-yard play in three of the past four games, but his usage has been too sporadic to use him in fantasy.
Zac Stacy, RB12/1/2013 2:57:00 PM
Description: St. Louis halfback Zac Stacy is active for Sunday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Stacy has passed all his concussion tests and should see his usual workload Sunday against the 49ers' 12th-ranked run defense. The rookie out of Vanderbilt has scored at least once in each of his last three contests.
Zac Stacy, RB11/29/2013 5:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis halfback Zac Stacy has been medically cleared for Sunday's game against San Francisco. SOURCE: Mike Florio, NBC Sports
Insight: Stacy has passed all his concussion tests and should see his usual workload Sunday against the 49ers' 12th-ranked run defense. The rookie out of Vanderbilt has scored at least once in each of his last three contests.
Zac Stacy, RB11/28/2013 3:07:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy (concussion) was listed as limited in Thursday's practice, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. However, Stacy didn't do any contact work.
Insight: The fact that Stacy was able to get on the field for some part of practice bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the 49ers.
Zac Stacy, RB11/27/2013 4:47:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, according to Nick Wagoner of espn.com. However, he did do some work in the walkthrough and ran on the side.
Insight: Stacy will have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before he's cleared to play Sunday against the 49ers. If not, Benny Cunningham will get the start.
Benny Cunningham, RBHot11/24/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Rams rookie Benny Cunningham scrambled for a career-best 109 yards in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Insight: That gives Cunningham 181 yards in his last two contests. If Zac Stacy (concussion) can't suit up next week against the 49ers, Cunningham would get the start. Look for the 23-year-old to get plenty of attention on the waiver wire this week.
Zac Stacy, RB11/24/2013 3:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis halfback Zac Stacy has been diagnosed with a concussion. He didn't come out for the start of the second half Sunday against the Bears.
Insight: Obviously, he's done for the day. Backup Benny Cunningham stands the most to gain in Stacy's absence.
Zac Stacy, RB11/24/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy, off to a fast start with 87 yards and a score, did not come out for the second half while being checked for a concussion.
Insight: This could be a disaster for the up-and-coming star as teams head into the fantasy playoffs. We await further word on his status.
Daryl Richardson, RB11/24/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: Rams halfback Daryl Richardson will be a healthy scratch Sunday against Chicago. SOURCE: Nick Wagoner, ESPN
Insight: Richardson's fantasy value has evaporated in the wake of Zac Stacy's second half explosion. Even in deeper leagues, it's a mistake to keep him on your roster.
Tavon Austin, WR11/10/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Rams rookie Tavon Austin only had two receptions Sunday against Indianapolis but he made them both count. Each went for a touchdown as Austin finished the afternoon with 138 receiving yards.
Insight: Austin even added a 98-yard punt return touchdown for good measure. As spectacular as Austin was on Sunday, his 69 yard per catch average will be impossible to sustain. Look for the 22-year-old to come back to Earth next week against the Bears.
Zac Stacy, RBHot11/10/2013 11:53:00 AM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy (foot) is active, as expected, and is a must start.
Insight: He is a must-start in fantasy after two straight 120-yard rushing games.
Daryl Richardson, RBCold11/10/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: St. Louis running back Daryl Richardson is inactive for Week 10.
Insight: With the way Zac Stacy has taken over at running back for the Rams, hardly anyone will notice that Richardson isn't on the field.
Zac Stacy, RBHot11/7/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy (foot) practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.
Insight: St. Louis has been giving its new workhorse Wednesday's off the last few weeks. He's fully expected to start Sunday against the Colts and is a must-start in fantasy after two straight 120-yard rushing games.
Zac Stacy, RBHot11/3/2013 5:19:00 PM
Description: The Rams pounded Zac Stacy again Sunday against Tennessee and the rookie tailback came away with 127 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Stacy showed no signs of the minor ankle sprain he suffered last Monday night. He's rushed for 261 yards on 53 carries the last two games and 471 yards on 102 carries since taking over the starting job five games ago. He's a must-start going forward.
Zac Stacy, RB11/3/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy (ankle) will start Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Stacy sprained his ankle late in Monday's loss to Seattle, but he returned to practice Thursday. The running back rushed for 134 yards against the Seahawks and is a strong RB2 in all leagues this week.
Zac Stacy, RB11/3/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy (ankle) is expected to start Sunday against the Titans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Stacy sprained his ankle late in Monday's loss to Seattle, but he returned to practice Thursday. The running back rushed for 134 yards against the Seahawks and is a strong RB2 in all leagues this week.
Zac Stacy, RB10/31/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis halfback Zac Stacy was back at practice on Thursday. SOURCE: Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Stacy sprained his ankle late in Monday's loss to Seattle. Barring a setback, he should see his normal workload Sunday against Tennessee.
Zac Stacy, RB10/30/2013 6:56:00 PM
Description: Rams coach running back Zac Stacy (ankle) did some individual work Wednesday but still received a did-not-practice designation. SOURCE: Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Stacy looked tremendous Monday night against Seattle, gashing a strong Seattle defensive front for 134 yards on 26 carries, but he suffered an ankle sprain in the game and is questionable for Sunday's game against Tennessee. Because Stacy didn't do any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Wednesday, he's listed as a DNP.
Kellen Clemens, QB10/30/2013 4:01:00 PM
Description: The Rams are going with Kellen Clemens at quarterback again in Week 9. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: He'll start against the Titans, who rank seventh in passing yards allowed (219.9 per game). Clemens had a tough game last week (17-for-35, 177 yards, 2 INT) but that was against the Seahawks, who are always difficult to score on. The 30-year-old has a 60.3 career quarterback rating in 32 appearances.
Zac Stacy, RB10/29/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy has avoided a high-ankle sprain, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.
Insight: Stacy looked tremendous Monday night against Seattle, gashing a strong Seattle defensive front for 134 yards on 26 carries. However, he was on the sidelines late in the fourth as St. Louis was trying to punch in the go-ahead score and Daryl Richardson got stuffed on 3rd down from the 2-yard line. Stacy re-entered on the game's final play, but was sent out wide as a decoy. Consider him day-to-day and questionable for Week 9 against Tennessee.
Zac Stacy, RB10/29/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy missed part of Monday night's game against the Seahawks after suffering a sprained ankle.
Insight: Stacy was one of only two running backs to crack the 100-yard mark last weekend. He's become the Rams' primary ball carrier and a solid fantasy contributor.
Brady Quinn, QB10/22/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: The Rams have signed quarterback Brady Quinn, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: They also brought in QB Austin Davis. Kellen Clemens is expected to start Monday against the Seahawks after Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL Sunday against the Panthers.
Sam Bradford, QB10/21/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Rams coach Jeff Fisher says that Sam Bradford will be the starter again when he returns from his torn ACL. SOURCE: Rams on Twitter
Insight: That won't be until 2014. In the meantime, Kellen Clemens will handle the quarterback duties for St. Louis. John Skelton, Matt Leinart and David Carr, all scheduled to work out for the Rams this week, could be brought on as backups.
Kellen Clemens, QB10/21/2013 2:32:00 PM
Description: The St. Louis Rams will start quarterback Kellen Clemens in Week 8 against Seattle, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Pretty easy guess considering he's the only QB on the current roster.
Insight: This is the worst team he could face as the Seahawks probably own the best secondary in the league. Avoiding Clemens and his receivers is a must.
Sam Bradford, QB10/21/2013 1:00:00 PM
Description: NBC's Pro Football Talk is reporting that St. Louis QB Sam Bradford has a torn left ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
Insight: If true, Kellen Clemens would be the Rams' Week 8 starting quarterback. That would lower the fantasy value for all St. Louis receivers.
Sam Bradford, QB10/20/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: St. Louis QB Sam Bradford is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee and the team is concerned, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Insight: Bradford had to be carted off the field Sunday against the Panthers. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that Bradford was in "significant pain on the sideline." Kellen Clemens might have to start next Monday against the Seahawks.
Zac Stacy, RB10/20/2013 6:13:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy had 87 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 21 touches Sunday at Carolina.
Insight: Stacy saw 17 carries, giving him 49 in three games since becoming the starter. Meanwhile, Daryl Richardson has carried the rock just six times the last two games. Stacy has a tough matchup in Week 8 as he faces the Seahakws on Monday night, but he can be regarded as a flex play with six teams on a bye.
Sam Bradford, QB10/20/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: St. Louis QB Sam Bradford left Sunday's game against Carolina late in the fourth quarter due to a left leg injury.
Insight: He was carted off the field and replaced by Kellen Clemens after completing 21-of-30 for 255 yards, one touchdown and one pick.
Sam Bradford, QBHot10/13/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: St. Louis QB Sam Bradford dished out three more touchdowns Sunday in a win over Houston.
Insight: That gives Bradford six touchdowns to just one interception over the past two weeks. The yardage hasn't been there (just 117 yards this week) but if Bradford keeps piling on the touchdowns it won't matter.
Zac Stacy, RB10/13/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: St. Louis running back Zac Stacy had the wind knocked out of him last week versus Jacksonville but he's back in the starting lineup Sunday against Houston.
Insight: Not only that, but coach Jeff Fisher is hoping to give him a bigger workload than the 14 carries he saw last week. The rookie makes for a decent flex option in Week 6.
Zac Stacy, RB10/10/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Rams rookie Zac Stacy (ribs) practiced Thursday in a limited capacity, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Stacy is expected to play Sunday against the Texans and should see at least 15 touches. He's a solid flex option.
Zac Stacy, RB10/9/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Rams rookie Zac Stacy didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, due to soreness.
Insight: Stacy rushed 14 times for 78 yards last weekend after getting just one carry in the first four weeks. No wonder he was sore. He's expected to be the starter in Week 5 against Houston, but Daryl Richardson will still get a large portion of the workload.
Zac Stacy, RB10/7/2013 8:24:00 PM
Description: Rams rookie Zac Stacy has earned another start at halfback. SOURCE: Rams on Twitter
Insight: Stacy was surprisingly effective in his first game as the lead back, notching 78 yards on 14 carries. He got the wind knocked out of him late in Sunday's win over Jacksonville, though head coach Jeff Fisher didn't seem concerned about his Week 6 status.
Zac Stacy, RB10/6/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter but says he just had the wind knocked out of him, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com.
Insight: Stacy drew the start and was more effective than Daryl Richardson, who had 48 yards on 13 carries. The rookie had 78 yards rushing on 14 carries and should be St. Louis' lead back going forward.
Austin Pettis, WR10/6/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: Rams receiver Austin Pettis caught two touchdowns Sunday against the Jaguars.
Insight: Pettis only caught four passes for 49 yards, but he made them count. The receiver has 19 catches, 206 yards and four touchdowns over his last four games and should be added as a bye-week fill-in WR3.
Sam Bradford, QB10/6/2013 6:33:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford found the end zone three times in Week 5 against the Jaguars.
Insight: It must have been nice to play Jacksonville after looking awful against the 49ers last Thursday. Despite Sunday's results, Bradford is not a trusted fantasy option, especially at Houston in Week 6.
Zac Stacy, RB10/6/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Another report that Rams rookie Zac Stacy will be the lead back Sunday against Jacksonville has surfaced, this time from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Playing against the Jaguars would provide Stacy with a nice safety net, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a factor in fantasy. Head coach Jeff Fisher has been noncommital about who's starting, but has said he plans to use all his backs. It's likely that none will be fantasy worthy, but at least if you start Stacy you have the first shot at your player having the "hot hand."
Zac Stacy, RB10/3/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Nick Wagoner suspects Rams rookie Zac Stacy will be the lead back Sunday against Jacksonville.
Insight: Playing against the Jaguars would provide Stacy with a nice safety net, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a factor in fantasy. Head coach Jeff Fisher has been noncommital about who's starting though it would appear that Stacy and Isaiah Pead are the most likely candidates. With the Week 5 byes hitting owners hard, the St. Louis running back situation is certainly worth monitoring.
Daryl Richardson, RBCold10/2/2013 1:58:00 PM
Description: St. Louis running back Daryl Richardson said on Twitter that he was not starting in Week 5 against Jacksonville.
Insight: With Isaiah Pead a healthy scratch last week, it would appear as if Benny Cunningham might get the start in a favorable matchup against the 32nd-ranked run defense (164.2 ypg). Whichever back gets the call, he could be a viable fantasy option.
Cortland Finnegan, CB9/26/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan left Thursday's game with an injured thigh.
Insight: Finnegan's return is questionable. Trumaine Johnson will take over the left corner position while he's out.
Isaiah Pead, RB9/26/2013 7:21:00 PM
Description: St. Louis halfback Isaiah Pead won't play Thursday against the 49ers.
Insight: He appears to be a healthy scratch. Pead hasn't done much this season, contributing just 21 yards on seven rushes. Daryl Richardson and Benny Cunningham will handle the rushing load in Pead's absence.
Daryl Richardson, RB9/23/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: St. Louis halfback Daryl Richardson didn't play much in Week 3 but he says he's "good to go" for Thursday's game against San Francisco. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: A foot injury limited Richardson to one snap in Sunday's loss to Dallas. So far, he's produced 98 rushing yards on 30 carries this season. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham will split carries if Richardson decides later that he can't suit up.
Isaiah Pead, RB9/22/2013 5:12:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Isaiah Pead rushed for just 20 yards in relief of an injured Daryl Richardson, but did prove to be a decent receiver with seven catches for 43 yards.
Insight: The Rams fell way behind and didn't really get to establish a running game, but Richardson figures to be the starter when healthy. Pead could get some looks on third down.
Daryl Richardson, RB9/22/2013 5:08:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Daryl Richardson had his injured foot stepped on early in Sunday's game and never came back into the game.
Insight: Neither Isaiah Pead (six rushers for-20 yards) or Benny Cunningham (4-for-20) did much against the Dallas defense, although Pead did catch seven balls for 43 yards. A healthy Richardson should still be the Rams' No. 1 running back.
Daryl Richardson, RB9/22/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot) did very little in practice Friday and could be limited Sunday, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Thomas says to "keep an eye" on Richardson's workload. Fantasy owners should only consider him as a flex option Sunday at Dallas.
Daryl Richardson, RB9/18/2013 4:08:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot) did not practice on Wednesday, but is expected to return on Thursday.
Insight: In the first game since the return of Isaiah Pead, Richardson saw 40 plays, Pead 29 plays and Benny Cunningham seven plays. Richardson saw just 10 carries for 35 yards primarily because the Rams fell way behind the Falcons and were forced to pass 55 times.
Jared Cook, TE9/15/2013 6:28:00 PM
Description: Jared Cook couldn't match the success he had in Week 1 Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: The Rams tight end was targeted six times but only made one catch for ten yards. We'll see how Cook responds next week against the Cowboys.
Sam Bradford, QB9/15/2013 6:24:00 PM
Description: Rams QB Sam Bradford went off for 352 passing yards and two touchdowns Sunday in a loss to Atlanta.
Insight: He wasn't particularly efficient (just 6.4 yards per attempt) but hey, points are points. Bradford is already up to 651 passing yards for the season to go along with five touchdowns. All signs are pointing to a breakout year for the former Oklahoma Sooner.
Daryl Richardson, RB9/12/2013 4:08:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot) returned to practice Thursday as expected and "got a fair amount of work."
Insight: Richardson missed practice Wednesday with a sore foot, but coach Jeff Fisher said he "just needed some rest." Richardson needs a strong performance Sunday at Atlanta to avoid losing snaps to Isaiah Pead, who was suspended for Week 1. Richardson had 63 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards on 25 touches against the Cardinals in his first professional start.
Daryl Richardson, RB9/12/2013 12:55:00 PM
Description: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams running back Daryl Richardson (foot) is expected to play Sunday.
Insight: Richardson missed practice Wednesday with a sore foot, but coach Jeff Fisher said he "just needed some rest" and will practice Thursday. Richardson needs a strong performance Sunday at Atlanta to avoid losing snaps to Isaiah Pead, who was suspended for Week 1. Richardson had 63 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards on 25 touches against the Cardinals in his first professional start.
Isaiah Pead, RB9/10/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Rams running back Isaiah Pead will return from a one-game suspension to be part of the St. Louis offense in Week 2 versus Atlanta.
Insight: Daryl Richardson is the starter and carried the ball 20 times in Week 1 for a less-than-stellar 63 yards (3.2 ypc). At this point, however, Pead is nothing more than a handcuff.
Robert Quinn, DE9/8/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn was everywhere Sunday in a season-opening win over Arizona.
Insight: The 2011 first-round pick finished the day with three sacks and two forced fumbles. The 23-year-old has limitless potential. Expect him to be among the league leaders in sacks this season.
Jared Cook, TE9/8/2013 7:38:00 PM
Description: Jared Cook blew up for 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Rams' come from behind win over Arizona.
Insight: Cook seemed to be Sam Bradford's favorite target on Sunday. After four years of mediocrity in Tennessee, the 26-year-old finally looks poised for a breakout season.
Tavon Austin, WR9/4/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, the Rams made it a point to be vanilla offensively in the preseason, especially with rookie receiver Tavon Austin.
Insight: Wagoner, who previously covered the Rams for nine years for stlouisrams.com, thinks St. Louis has "big plans" for Austin. If Austin ends up replacing Danny Amendola in the slot, he could be heavily targeted. He'll also be used as a running back at times and could end up with WR3 value in 12-team leagues.
Daryl Richardson, RB8/19/2013 9:33:00 PM
Description: Daryl Richardson will be the Rams' starting running back Week 1 against the Cardinals.
Insight: Zac Stacy and Isaiah Pead will compete for the backup job. Richardson rushed four times for 24 yards in his lone preseason appearance August 8th versus Cleveland.
Daryl Richardson, RB8/16/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com thinks Rams running back Daryl Richardson has "done nothing to endanger" his status as the starter.
Insight: "... in fact, (Richardson) has probably put a bit of distance between himself and competitors such as Isaiah Pead, Terrance Ganaway and rookies Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham." St. Louis OC Brian Schottenheimer praised Pead Friday but confirmed that Richardson is ahead of the pack so far.
Rodger Saffold, OT8/9/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: Rams offensive tackle Roger Saffold suffered a dislocated left shoulder and will miss the next couple of preseason games.
Insight: It's a serious injury, but he should be ready for the season opener. Quarterback Sam Bradford has been sacked 105 times over his first three seasons under center and needs all the protection he can get.
Isaiah Pead, RB8/8/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: While Rams running back Isaiah Pead had 18 yards on three carries with a long run of 11 yards in the preseason opener, he also didn't help himself by losing a fumble.
Insight: Daryl Richardson ran for 24 yards on four carries. A day after Jeff Fisher said he expects Richardson to be the starter, he added that he hasn't "ruled anybody out" of the competition, but Richardson remains firmly ahead of Pead. Not helping matters is that Pead will open the season with a one-game suspension for a substance abuse violation.
Daryl Richardson, RB8/6/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said he expects running back Daryl Richardson to win the starting job.
Insight: "I think Daryl comes back as our starter," Fisher said. Richardson, who was a seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, played over Isaiah Pead, a second-rounder, as Steven Jackson's backup last season and has the inside track over Pead to start this season. Pead will miss Week 1 due to a suspension and will have competition from rookie fifth-rounder Zac Stacy for the backup job.
Jared Cook, TE8/4/2013 12:50:00 PM
Description: All reports out of Rams' camp have tight end Jared Cook and quarterback Sam Bradford quickly developing an excellent rapport.
Insight: The tight end is an explosive athlete who can split out wide and could replace Danny Amedola as Bradford's go-to guy and safety value. Cook never produced in Tennessee as most expected, but he could turn into a top fantasy tight end in St. Louis.
Daryl Richardson, RB8/3/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: St. Louis running back Daryl Richardson is the early favorite to win the Rams' starting running back job, but head coach recently told Ian Rapoport that they might be "playing two or three backs all the time."
Insight: Those are words no fantasy owner wants to hear. Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy are the team's other running back options and receiver Tavon Austin may get some carries too.