After the Rams drafted Tre Mason, it meant one thing; bad news for Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. For now it seems like Pead is safe, but Richardson didn’t get so lucky. The St. Louis Rams released Richardson on Thursday, who was then picked up by the New York Jets off of waivers on Friday.
Thankful to the @STLouisRams for the opportunities they have given me & to the fans for all of your support. God bless guys!
— Daryl Richardson (@DRICH_26) May 15, 2014
Excited and thankful to announce that I will be suiting up as a New York Jet this season. Thank you for all of the prayers and support! — Daryl Richardson (@DRICH_26) May 16, 2014
It was thought that Richardson would be the guy to take over the starting running back role after Steven Jackson left the Rams for Atlanta. Richardson even received ten or more carries in four of the first five games last season, but even then it didn’t look like he was the answer to the Rams running back problems. Richardson failed to ever get in the end zone, even with a great opportunity on Monday Night against Seattle last season on the one yard line which would have won the Rams the game. The running back from Abilene Christian also failed to ever rush for more than 100 yards in a Rams uniform. After a year in which he showed a lot of promise and rushed for 475 yards, Richardson suffered an injury plagued season, which very well cost him a spot on the Rams’ roster. As mentioned earlier, Isaiah Pead is safe for now, but it was reported that the Rams were shopping Pead at the draft. Unfortunately, the Rams couldn’t get any takers, but if Pead can continue to show some use on special teams, he will have a good chance of making the team. The Rams have given up on the Richardson and Pead duo, and are moving on to the Zac Stacy, Tre Mason, and Benny Cunningham trio. The Rams are looking to run the ball and be a physical team and unfortunately Richardson and Pead don’t fit that bill. We wish the best of luck to Richardson and his trial with the Jets.