Feldman: Pead's success necessary for Rams future

Feldman: Pead's success necessary for Rams future

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 12: Isaiah Pead #24 of the St. Louis Rams makes a catch during rookie mini camp at the ContinuityX Training Center on May 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)


by Brian Feldman / News 4 Sports


Posted on August 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 3:51 PM

(FootballStL) -- Every hit Steven Jackson takes is another so-called mile on his tires.  Every hit Steven Jackson takes brings him ever so closer to the day his body will fail him and he has to call it quits.

That day will arrive, make no mistake about it.  Everyone's demise comes sooner or later.  But the Rams can find a way to, pardon the cliché, delay the inevitable.

Squeezing an extra year or two or whatever out of #39 is good for the franchise.  And no one can help do that more than the guy drafted in the 2nd round this year out of Cincinnati.

He goes by the name Isaiah Pead.

This is a man who has the ability to take, oh, 10-12 carries and 4-5 pass receptions away from Jackson a game.  And that's a good thing.  Gone are the days when one man carries the rock 30 times and snags another 10 through the air.

No one does that.  I don't care who you are.  Even the best of the best in this league has their team make getting them a good backup a priority.

Pead was the MVP of the Senior Bowl this past offseason.  He was also the Big East offensive player of the year and Liberty Bowl MVP during the season.

Just about every scouting report you read on him says he's "electrifying" and can make things happen in all areas of the game.  From rushing to receiving to blocking to returning kicks and/or punts.  He's a tremendous athlete.

Really...the only negative teams can find on him is his lack of size (5'10", 197 lbs) and the fact teams don't know how his body will react to carrying a heavy load over a long period of time.

Well, guess what?  The Rams don't care about that.  They're not looking for someone to carry the football 30 times every Sunday.  So that doesn't apply to them.

Head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead care about his speed and athleticism and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.  They care about him being a dangerous change of pace back that can spell Jackson on occasion.

They care about teams being fearful enough of Pead that they have to spend valuable time planning for him when he comes in.

If Pead falters for whatever reason, that's one less option the Rams have in giving Steven Jackson a rest.  And what does that mean?  Potentially more carries...leading to more miles on those tires.

But if he's a legitimate running back?  That could extend Jackson's career.  Something that would be music to the entire city of St. Louis' ears.