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Pead is a quick threat on the outside of the field
Jerious Norwood, Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams, Stephen Davis, Kenneth Darby, Samkon Gado, Travis Minor, the list goes on and on.
Those are a few notable backup running backs the Rams have had over the last five years. Fans hope the presence of Isaiah Pead will help to wash away the bad history of runners behind Steven Jackson.
Pead went to Cincinnati, and rushed for more than 1,200 yards in his senior season. His one-yard touchdown run against Kansas City in game two of the preseason comes to mind, a run in which he leaped over the line with style and flipped into the end zone. In the preseason finale against Baltimore, he rushed for 58 yards on 10 carries including a 28-yard scamper.
St. Louis picked him in the second round, and what he has that Steven Jackson doesn't is young legs. He's the prototypical running back, something the Rams haven't really had in terms of a back up to S-Jax.
So the question is when does Pead come into the game? Should Schottenheimer insert him on third and longs when the Rams need yards to get a field goal, or is he a goal line guy as he proved on his only touchdown run of the summer? I don't even think Pead will know until he sees action against first team defenses.
He should be the team's primary return man, but the potential is there for him to be a presence in the backfield.