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Eddie Lacy may be the clear favorite to start for the Packers, but the running back job in St. Louis is as wide-open as it gets.
A trio of players will compete in camp to be Steven Jackson's replacement with the Rams, with rookie Zac Stacy joining second-year pros Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson in a jumbled backfield.
Richardson may well be the least gifted of the the three backs, but he showed some ability to be productive in the NFL as a rookie last year, gaining 475 yards on 98 carries.
Richardson enters camp atop the depth chart, and Rotoworld's Evan Silva recently came away impressed with the youngster after re-watching all of his 2012 carries.
What I found even more encouraging than Richardson's straight-ahead burst and speed was his toughness between the tackles. His sheer velocity on inside running plays was outstanding and extremely impressive for a back his size.
Richardson never shied from contact and finished runs with authority. He kept his feet moving through traffic and consistently fell forward to max out plays.
Pead, on the other hand, was a massive disappointment as a rookie after being taken in the second round of the 2012 draft, but the former Cincinnati star recently told Dennis Dillon of Sports Illustrated he's looking forward to competing with Stacy and Richardson this year.
There's competition, but who doesn't want to be in a competitive atmosphere? I'm all for it, we're all for it. We're not enemies; we still help each other, ask questions, things like that. But you need competition out there.
Then there's Stacy, a fifth-round pick who topped 1,000 yards last year at Vanderbilt. Silva writes that the 5'8", 216-pound Stacy is a "poised and decisive" back, but "doesn't have enough juice."
Very similar things were said last year about Alfred Morris. This isn't to say that Stacy is going to gain 1,600 yards as a rookie, but look for the youngster to surprise this year.
Projected Winner: Stacy