(FootballStL) -- For eight seasons, the Rams always looked to Steven Jackson as their primary ball carrier for the offense. Jackson accounted for 71-percent of the Rams rushing yards during that time.
As the Rams concluded their final practice before Thursday's preseason opener in Cleveland, the question becomes: Who will become Jackson's successor as the team's new work horse running back?
The top candidates are three second-year players in Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, and Terrance Ganaway along with rookie Zac Stacy.
Richardson's speed provided a homerun threat last season. The 7th round pick rushed for 475 yards on 98 carries as Jackson's backup last season. "I think Daryl comes back as our starter because he played significantly more last year than anybody", said Head Coach Jeff Fisher.
Pead was a 2nd round pick of Cincinnati, who is coming off a rough rookie season. Pead missed valuable practice time last year, because NFL rules prohibit rookies from participating in their team’s offseason activities until their colleges hold graduation. Pead went on to have what he calls, a “miserable season.”
Meanwhile, Ganaway is a rugged 6'1 and 240 pounder who has looked impressive during stretches of camp.
Stacy is the Rams 5th round pick out of Vanderbilt, who is a strong interior runner. "Out of fairness to them, you want them all to have an opportunity to run behind the first line because that's a fair evaluation-and run against good opponent,” said Fisher. "So we're going to have to work that out the best we can."