Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) runs after a catch in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Ramblin' Fan Interview With Daryl Richardson


Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) avoids Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) after a pass reception during the first half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week we had an amazing opportunity to ask St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson a few questions. First and foremost we would like to thank Daryl Richardson and his manager for making this all possible and we wish him a fast, speedy recovery this offseason. Here’s what Richardson had to say:
 

Growing up, which player did you look up to and why? 
I really looked up to Barry Sanders. He was a great player and just seemed like a good guy. I really like the way he ran and his speed.

 

After the loss of Sam Bradford against the Panthers, what was the mentality in the locker room?
I think everyone stayed really positive and focused. It is always a loss any time you have a player that is hurt but I think the team worked really hard to make sure nobody lost focus.

 

How did your injury effect you last season? Where are you in the recovery process?
My injury obviously took a toll on how I was able to perform and participate during the season. It was very frustrating to not have a way to fix the problem and to know that it was just going to take time. Right now I am feeling a lot better and finally feeling like I am about ready to get back out there and go full force.

 

With the Rams having a pretty deep backfield, what sets you apart from a guy like Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, or Isaiah Pead?
When you look at any player at this level it is obvious that each person has a tremendous amount of talent. Zac has abilities to do things I can’t and Benny, Chase, and Isaiah can do things that Zac can’t, we each have our own unique style and game. I think that a lot of my strength comes from my speed though.

 

What was it like playing with a legend of the game like Steven Jackson in your first season? What was the most impactful thing that Steven Jackson taught you?
I truly believe that God was looking out for me when he put me with Steven my first season. I can’t think even begin to tell you what a blessing that man has been to me both on and off the field. I think it is rare to find someone in this line of work that is willing to truly reach out and try to help or teach someone, especially in the same position.

 

Steven has taught me a lot but I’d say the most impactful thing was his acceptance of me as a teammate and person instead of treating me like his competitor. I definitely couldn’t have come in under a better man.

 

What are your expectations for 2014?
In 2014 I feel like I am going to come back strong and ready to play better than ever. I expect my team to have a great season and for my coaches/managers to bring in some great draft picks. There is no doubt that we have an talented group of guys and I’m looking forward to what is in store for all of us. I’m fully expecting us to make it to the playoffs and hopefully the superbowl.

 

Do you feel like you guys can compete with the 49ers, Cardinals, and Seahawks for the NFC West next season?
I feel that we have the ability and talent to compete with anyone. Like I said, every person on this level has talent, it is just a matter of learning how to work as a team and I think that we are making great strides in that direction.

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  • ricdram

    DR is a classy young man/athelete. I hope he
    gets a chance to help the Rams with his talent.
    We do not need to draft a RB (imo). Go Rams !

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  • Gary Stewart

    if the rams draft a rb then you know the front office has their doubts about d rich, unless of course a tre mason or ka deem carey were to fall to them in the 3rd round then you would have to call the management into question if they didnt draft either of those 2 in the 3rd round or later for that matter!!

    • Blaine Grisak

      I think you would have to cut Isaiah Pead before you cut Daryl Richardson, I don’t think we should draft another running back, we have other needs. If you pick up an extra pick though I think they do need to consider as long as its in the 4-7 rounds or Mason is available in the 3rd which is unlikely IMO

      • Gary Stewart

        the rams seem reluctant to give up on their high draft picks and pead was a 2nd rounder and d-rich a 7th, that said you are probably right although pead seems to be a contributor on special teams and that may save him for one more year and while tre most likely wont make the 3rd round i saw c j mosely mocked to the rams at #26 after we traded #2 to clev for their #4 and #26. that would be an even bigger unlikelyhood IMO, him falling to #26

        • Blaine Grisak

          I understand not giving up on him after his first season, but if your goal is to have the best players on your team, you have to go Drich in my opinion. Unless something dramatic happens I don’t see Mosely making it out of the top 15 let alone dropping to 26, if he did though I would hope the Rams would take him, he’s a good player, would be a steal at that spot. In the first round if we had three picks, I would like WR, S, CB/OL.

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            NY Giants will likely draft CJ Mosely as they are need in Linebacker help because of injuries and age. I am projecting that Isaiah Pead would be cut by the end of training camp if Chase Reynolds and DRich does well.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    If the Rams do draft a running back, I’d go with the chance-of-pace/back field receiver specialist in West Virginia’s Charles Sims to replace Isaiah Pead. He is projected in the 2nd or 3rd round.