At this time last year, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead were competing to see who would replace Stephen Jackson as the Rams No. 1 running back. A season later, after Zac Stacy was the surprise candidate to rush for nearly 1,000 yards in 2013, the Rams released Richardson, and on Friday, the Jets claimed him off waivers.
Richardson impressed during his rookie season when the 2012 seventh-round pick gained 475 yards with a 4.8 yards per carry average as Jackson's backup. But he dealt with turf toe last season and played only seven games while recording a 3.1 average. And after St. Louis drafted Tre Mason in the third round of the NFL draft, the Rams figured they had no more use for Richardson.
Which was somewhat surprising. Particularly because of this quote four months ago.
"We're all better when we have competition," Rams general manager Les Snead said in January. "Daryl's the type of person, I do know this, when he was inactive he didn't like that. You do like the fact that he didn't like that. He's always said, 'Hey, I want to start covering kicks and doing things like that.' He's trying to find his way back on the 46-man [game-day roster]."