Is Zac Stacy The Next Alfred Morris?

Coming out of Florida Atlantic, nobody saw Alfred Morris having the season that he had last season with the Redskins. Some didn’t expect him to make the roster. Morris shut down his critics, but began the season as the starter and helped lead the Redskins to having the best rushing attack in the NFL. Morris piled up 1,613 yards and 13 TD last season. Every team looks for those hidden gems in the late rounds of the draft. It just so happens the Rams may have found one in RB Zac Stacy who could be the next Alfred Morris.

After passing on Eddie Lacy in the first round, the Rams waited until the 5th round to get their running back, Zac Stacy out of Vanderbilt. The Rams traded both of their sixth round picks away in order to get Stacy. Snead and Fisher obviously saw something in this kid that a lot of people didn’t. Zac Stacy had 27 bench reps which will allow him to bring a physical compliment to the Rams small, speedy running backs. Don’t think for a second that Stacy isn’t fast though, he ran a 4.55-40 and is agile despite his build.

Stacy played in the SEC which is by far the most dominant conference in college football. Stacy played against a lot of NFL talent and piled up some decent stats along the way. Stacy had 3,143 yards and 30 touchdowns during his college career and rushed for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He also piled up 83 yards against Georgia and 86 yards against LSU which are NFL caliber defenses. Stacy is  a decent pass blocker and can catch out of the backfield having 150 yards receiving last season. Most importantly however, is that Zac Stacy is consistent, which is what the Rams are losing in Steven Jackson. Jackson always talked about how he took pride in being consistent, Stacy brings that consistency to the table. Zac Stacy could be the hidden gem in the bottom of the draft and be more NFL ready than people think.

The Rams are going to have an open running back competition between Richardson, Pead, Stacy, and Ganaway. It’s probably more of a three man race between Richardson, Pead, and Stacy however. Stacy will have every opportunity to start, and if he is not the week 1 starter he will definitely get touches in the running back by committee approach the Rams will have going. Stacy has a legitimate shot of starting, definitely don’t rule him out. Richardson has the most NFL game experience, but Stacy fits the typical Jeff Fisher running back.

Zac Stacy has the ability and potential to surprise a lot of people this season and be the next Alfred Morris. He probably wont rack up 1,600 yards rushing, but could be the week 1 starter and rush for over 1,000, and that could be doubtful as well as all of the running back on the Rams roster except for maybe Ganaway will get touches this season, giving the Rams three solid options to go with . However if it’s one guy to keep an eye on and watch out for, it’s definitely Zac Stacy.

Topics: Alfred Morris, St. Louis Rams, Zac Stacy

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  • Randy Litka

    Gannaway gets NO respect….

    • Blaine Grisak

      Give me 5 reasons why he should be? He failed to make the Jets team. The Jets don’t have a decent running back. If you cant make that roster, its saying something. Im not saying he cant be a good back, because he might just need an opportunity. Im just saying the three guys that the Rams have on the roster are better.

      • Randy Litka

        Ever hear of Arian Foster? An undrafted free agent who couldnt make alot of teams. He sat on the practice squad for a while before being called up. Are you actually talking about the Jets? You talk about them like they are a good team!!! People get cut and released all the time only to be successful on other teams. Danny Amendola?? Gannaway was a beast in college. I just want to see him given a chance. He is always dismissed without any consideration. He is kept on the roster for a reason… He is taking up a very valuable roster spot so Snead and Fisher must like him.

        • James Mullen

          Look, you have to read somebody’s statement thru. Then you think about what that person just wrote down. Then if you think it’s warranted, you reply to that statement. Then you again read their statement & your reply & see if you missed something or perhaps misunderstood something. I happen to like Ganaway also, but I have to admit, I don’t know that much about him, other than he’s big. So when I read what Blaine wrote, it gave me another picture. Blaine doesn’t appear to be thinking the Jets are good. No, he’s just saying, why was this guy on the Jets practice squad & not with the big boys. I don’t know who was the RB then. But it wasn’t Ganaway & the Jets suck. So what does that tell you. Also Amendola left via Free Agency. He wasn’t cut or released & he hasn’t even played for the Patriots yet. So how does that relate to successful?? Why would Fisher not give this guy a chance? Well, I believe he was nursing a lingering injury, but if thats not the case then it must be, “This dude has all the credentials, so why can’t he get it done”?

          • Randy Litka

            James,
            You need to read someones statement through then think about it. I was bringing up Amendola because they Cowboys didnt want him playing with the big boys so they put him on the practice squad. Then he came to us and played well, then got a nice contract from New England.. To me, that multi-million dollar contract equates to success. That was my intent… practice squad players like Amendola or Arian Foster can be successful starters in the NFL. Shonne Greene & Bilal Powell were the RB’s last year and both had pretty decent seasons. Perhaps thats why they didnt need or want Gannaway. Like I said, Gannaway was a beast in college… Just give him a chance is what I am saying. Perhaps you should follow your own advice and re-read someones post before telling them to do so.

          • James Mullen

            Jason Smith made a lot of money. What does that equate to. So Greene & Powell did well. Does that mean you think the Jets are a good team?

          • Randy Litka

            I guess I really do have to spell it out for you. Jason Smith was a bust. Many rookie players got inflated contracts before the bargaining agreement. If a rookie is successful, then they will be awarded with a nice SECOND contract like Amendola was. Got that? The Jets were not a very good team last year. They do have good players, but they did not play well as a team. Are you even a real football fan or are you just trying to argue for the sake of argument? You do not bring up any valid points to debate. If you have something intelligent to debate, then by all means, let me hear it!!!

          • Blaine Grisak

            I understand fully that players on practice squads can become good players, Im not that football blind, However not all of them become goodplayers. Im not saying Ganaway is bad. I am saying the guys on the Rams roster are better. Just because a guy is a stud in college doesn’t mean it always translates to the NFL. JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow are just a few examples, the list goes on and on though. Greene was a decent running back, but he had difficulties getting the job done, he put up decent numbers having over 1,000 yards the past two seasons, but he was not effective and could not get the job done. Greene had a stretch of four straight games last season where he failed to get 50yards in a game, and he only had two games where he rushed for over 100.Powell had decent numbers for a number two back having 437 yards on 110 carries. However, I still don’t see a reason that if Ganaway was good enough he couldn’t make that team. There is a slim chance Ganaway makes this year’s roster on the Rams. Richarson showed promise, Pead was a second round pick, and they just took Zac Stacy this year. It will be very unlikely that the team keeps four running backs on the roster.

          • Randy Litka

            Of course not all practice squad players a good players… not all players on a 53 man roster are good players either… I also know that not all college players who play lights out football in college can come into the NFL and play well. For every one player you name who played well in college but failed in the NFL, I could name four players who played well in college and have played “lights out” in the NFL, so your Tebow & JaMarcus Russell argument doesnt hold water. Shonne Greene played well enough over the last two years to get a good contract with the Titans. If we go back to the genesis of my original comment, I said Gannaway gets no respect… and its true. He doesnt. How this turned into something different is beyond me. As a solid Rams fan for the last 40+ years, it amazes me how some Ram fans will want to argue about NOTHING. Gannaway is a good RB. If he doesnt make this squad, he will get picked up somewhere else. I would like to see Gannaway on the field this preseason.

          • Blaine Grisak

            This did get kind of out of hand, but I thought I brought up some good points and vis versa with you. Gannaway doesn’t get any respect, but he hasn’t done anything at this level to get any respect yet. The running back position will be one of the more interesting competitions in camp and I am looking forward to it. I enjoy your feedback, a good debate is always fun, and its interesting to see what other fans have to say, especially the loyal ones as yourself.

          • Randy Litka

            I agree 100% Blaine… a good debate is great for the soul!! While Gannaway hasnt done anything at the professional level, neither has Zac Stacy and that is precisely my point. People are already labeling Zac Stacy as our #3… It is going to be a battle in camp and I think we are going to have a great running back by committee this year.

          • James Mullen

            Yeah, I would say I’m a football fan. Been a ram fan my whole life. My favorite receiver was Jack Snow, my favorite Defensive player was Deacon Jones, so I’ve seen a few games. What is the argument, you can take what you say & misconstrue it to sound like nobody else knows nothing all day. I probably should have resisted the urge to put in a couple of comments, its just that living here in Northern Cal I hear Bullish comments thrown on Rams Fans all the time & when I read your reply to Blaines opinion of the Ganaway debate, I thought it was a bit bullish. But upon reading more I can see you guys are old friends, so sorry, & I won’t bother you with my unintelligent remarks again. Rams Fan For Life.

          • Randy Litka

            No worries James… we are all Ram fans here as well as football fans. I do love a good debate though…

          • Blaine Grisak

            James I appreciate the feedback and appreciate you backing me up. Cant take these debates and comments to personally. Rams fans are already hard to find, we cant start turning on each other now. Go Rams! Here’s to a great season =)

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I won’t be surprise if the Rams keeps all 4 runningback since they don’t have a fullback on the roster (Ganaway can be one if needed). Jeff Fisher likes Stacy a lot that they traded all 6 round picks for him. I see him more of a Ray Rice / MJD type of a player. Small and Stout but very athletic.