(KMOV) -- Daryl Richardson was one pick away from being Mr. Irrelevant in last year's draft. Now he's the Rams starting running back. Jeff Fisher made that official on Monday. "Well, from a starting standpoint, yeah, I think Daryl would probably take the first snap against Arizona," Fisher said.
Fisher was expecting, and no doubt hoping for, a spirited competition for the job during this preseason. But that never materialized. Isaiah Pead has done little to threaten Richardson's hold on the assignment.
Pead rushed for only 19 yards on 11 carries in the loss to Green Bay on Saturday. Richardson didn't have any carries, and still came away with the starting job based largely on having gained 475 yards last season as Steven Jackson's back-up.
"I feel real good," Richardson said. "I've just been preparing myself to work everyday and to get better. It's just a blessing that they gave me the opportunity to come up here and show them what I can do."
At this point, it doesn't appear that Pead has even the back-up job locked down. Fisher is still deciding between Pead, Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy for the spot behind Richardson.
"As far as who’s going to come in, that remains to be seen. We still have some more evaluating to do," said Fisher.