Pead is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Pead, who was just signed this week for depth, had a small chance to play behind DeAngelo Williams in this game, but he is not on the active roster.
Pead signed with the Steelers on Monday. Pead's signing unfortunately coincides with star Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) being placed on season-ending injured reserve. With Bell out, veteran DeAngelo Williams is expected to shoulder most of Pittsburgh's workload, but Pead could compete with fellow backups Dre Archer and Jordan Todman for touches out of the backfield.
Pead will visit with the Steelers on Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. With Le'Veon Bell (knee) looking at an extended absence, Pead may join the Steelers to provide depth behind DeAngelo Williams. The former second-round draft pick (2012) was unimpressive during his time with the Rams, and he probably won't have a major role with the Steelers if he signs.
The Rams have released running back Isaiah Pead, reports Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. With Todd Gurley, Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham all healthy, the Rams had no need for their 2012 second-round draft pick. Pead displayed top-notch speed and elusiveness in college, but he's shown next to nothing in the NFL.
If the Rams don't add any player through free agency of the draft, then coach Jeff Fisher appears comfortable with running backs Tre Mason and Zac Stacy leading the charge on first and second down, and with Benny Cunningham handling third-down responsibilities. "I think that you assume...going into it now, as we finished up last year, the second half of the season, Benny became the third-down back," Fisher said, per ESPN.com. "He's just really good out of the backfield. He's probably the better protector of the three. That's some work that Tre and Zac need and we'll get that done whenever we can during the offseason. So with Benny being the third-down back, then we've got a one-two punch with Tre and Zac." Although, it appears Fisher still hopeful Isaiah Pead can also be a factor out of the backfield. "Yes, obviously Isaiah is coming back as well," Fisher said. "You should see him on the field. So, with him included, yes we do. Tre and Benny and Zac and Isaiah coming back, it's a good group."
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