Fisher: Rams may not use 'bell cow' running back

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by FootballStL staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 3:19 PM

(FootballStL) -- While Rams second-year running back Daryl Richardson worked with the starting unit during the team's first full-squad session of training camp, it's become apparent that could quickly change.

When asked about the workload split after Thursday's practice, coach Jeff Fisher said things may be different this year with long-time running back Steven Jackson gone.

“(In past years) I usually had a guy, but that’s what the competition is about, and that’s what camp’s for and preseason games are for," he said. "It’s not going to be out of the question that we don’t play two or three of them quite a bit.  We may not end up with a ‘bell cow’ like we had last year in (Jackson) and previous years. We're just going to let them all play."

All indications point toward the reps being split between Richardson, Isaiah Pead (suspended for the first regular season game), rookie Zac Stacy and second-year player Terrance Ganaway.  At least that looks to be the case early on.

“I’m not saying that we don’t have one that can't (be the primary back), we just haven’t seen him do it yet,” Fisher said. "One of them may emerge and carry it 350 times this year, we just don't know.

Fisher then indicated the team may be better served taking a running back-by-committee approach going forward.

"Offensively, it's nice to have two or three guys in the rotation just because there are different ability levels at the position," he said.

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