It is hard not to feel a little bad for St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson.
Former Rams running back Steven Jackson signed with the Atlanta Falcons prior to this season, and Richardson, a seventh-round pick in 2012, had an opportunity to start. Richardson competed against Isaiah Pead during training camp and emerged as St. Louis’ top running back. It must have been a dream come true.
That was until Richardson rushed 42 times for 114 yards (2.7 average) and no touchdowns heading into Week 5. St. Louis is ranked last in rushing yards (189 yards), and if Richardson’s Twitter account is any indication, that lack of production cost him a starting job.
@DRICH_26 You still starting?
— Saeb Haidar (@saebhaidar) October 2, 2013
@saebhaidar not this week man
— Daryl Richardson (@DRICH_26) October 2, 2013
Richardson, 23, went from Abilene Christian University to starting for the St. Louis Rams, and that says something about his talent. He is young enough to learn and possibly take advantage of another opportunity, assuming St. Louis still believes in him.
St. Louis' other options are Benny Cunningham, who has 10 carries for 22 yards, and Pead, who has rushed seven times for 21 yards.
Unfortunately, for Richardson, he may not be the Rams' No.1 option anymore.