(FootballSTL) -- When the Rams took Zac Stacy in the 5th round of the NFL Draft this past April they knew they were getting a good player. They may not have envisioned, however, getting their starting running back for that upcoming season.
And here we are in the middle of December and Stacy is showing, yet again, that he’s fully capable of carrying the load of an NFL offense. 28 carries, 133 yards and a touchdown.
“He played well, but he got help from the offensive line, wide receivers, and tight ends. It was good to see him come back – he had to come in and get a little treatment – he came back out and finished strong,” Jeff Fisher said.
106 of Stacy’s yards came in the first half of play. That’s the most ever by a Rams rookie in the first half of a game in franchise history.
“I just learned that by you telling me that. I didn’t know that,” Stacy said. “But, it all starts up front. It’s definitely not all me, so those guys did a great job today. When we execute and make plays, we can do a lot of good things.”
“We lean on the running game. That’s been our formula for success since week five, and again it goes back to the offensive line and their play,” Kellen Clemens said. “Coach Dickerson had those boys rolling. Coach Schottenheimer did a great job of scheming things up, and then Zac is a good back. He’s been good for us since he’s stepped up into that roll, and it was another good game for him again tonight.”
“He understands the physicality of the game. He’s constantly working on having more wind, being able to take on the load of having 20-30 carries a game, which isn’t easy in the NFL at all,” Rodger Saffold said. “To still be able to go out and run routes and be able to do all those things that we depended on (former Rams RB Steven) Jack(son) so long to do. He’s doing an absolutely great job, and the fact that he’s so humble … humility is so important when you play this game. It’s great to look back and see how successful you’ve been.”
He may not be Steven Jackson. But he could very well be Steven Jackson’s successor.