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24 Isaiah Pead RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/204 | Birthdate: 12/14/1989 | Birthplace: Columbus, OH, USA | Team: St. Louis | College: Cincinnati | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 3/0
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Trade winds blowing around Isaiah Pead?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) Rams running back Isaiah Pead's name was involved in some trade discussions during the weekend of the draft, Bleacher Report noted this week. Pead has seemingly fallen out of favor in St. Louis after Zac Stacy thrived as a rookie. The team also added running back Tre Mason in the draft. 

Pead has 17 career carries for 75 yards and 14 catches for 94 total yards. He has yet to score and has only one NFL start since getting drafted in Round 2 of the 2012 draft. 


Rams list Week 8 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) The Rams listed seven players as inactive for Monday's game against Seattle: quarterback Brady Quinn, running backs Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham (ankle), offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Mike Person, defensive tackle Matt Conrath and defensive end Gerald Rivers.

Pead is a healthy scratch and hasn't gotten a carry since Week 3.


Isaiah Pead shut out Sunday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead did not see any carries on Sunday during the win over Jacksonville Week 5. Zac Stacy got the start, Daryl Richardson contributed and even Benny Cunningham saw some touches with Pead getting shut out. 

Pead did see one target in the passing game, but did not come down with the catch. The 23-year-old RB has only played in three games this season. He is not expected to see many touches heading into Week 6 at Houston. 


Zac Stacy officially tabbed as Week 5 starter


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) The Rams have officially announced running back Zac Stacy as the starter over Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead for the Week 5 game at home against Jacksonville. There is no telling how coach Jeff Fisher will break up the carries, but Stacy is getting the starting nod. 

Report: Zac Stacy to start over Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) The Rams are expected to start running back Zac Stacy over Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead Week 5 vs. Jacksonville, sources told NFL.com. 

Jeff Fisher drops hint on who will run for Rams


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/2/2013) In an interview posted by 101ESPN in St. Louis, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was directly asked on Monday about the running game and changes he'll make to it.

"There's going to be some adjustments made that you'll recognize. Some different people on the field," Fisher said. 

Later in the interview, he was asked by a fan if Isaiah Pead is going to see a more prominent role in the backfield in the near future.

"Yeah, I think so. I think you'll see it," Fisher said. " ... I think you'll see him get more opportunities. If he gets his hands on the ball enough he's gonna make some plays." 

That was on Monday. On Wednesday, Fisher told the media that he plans to use most, if not all of their running backs if they're active

Fisher vowed last week to fix the running game after Daryl Richardson struggled to find room since the start of the season. Both he and Pead, along with potentially Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy, should be in the mix beginning with the matchup vs. Jacksonville this week. 


Game-plan decision leads to Isaiah Pead being inactive


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead explained why he was a healthy scratch Week 4 vs. San Francisco. 

"I knew about it. We had a private conversation and there was an understanding," Pead said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "In the game plan, they wanted to use Tavon (Austin) a little more. Like I said, it was a coach’s decision. It’s over and I’m attacking the week, like I try to do every week."


What to make of the Rams RBs on Thursday night?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/26/2013) Late Thursday the Rams announced running back Isaiah Pead was inactive for Week 4 vs. the Niners. Pead wasn't on the injury report so it was assumed he was a healthy scratch. 

Pead's out and Zac Stacy is in. 

We've seen Daryl Richardson play -- he's a nice passing downs back but he doesn't have the look of a full-time starter. Undrafted running back Benny Cunningham is a thick, physical back but he has looked slow. Stacy was a heady, versatile rusher in college but couldn't quite make it translate in the preseason and became a forgotten man. 

Until tonight -- maybe. 

I don't mind cutting Pead before kickoff to claim Stacy off waivers. What's the harm? Pead wasn't doing much for you anyway. If we guess wrong and Cunningham gets a chance, then we make a move on waivers for him next week. But we've seen Cunningham and would roll the dice on Stacy clogging a roster spot for a weekend. I wouldn't drop someone with some good long-term value for him but if you've got nothin', give Stacy a whirl. 

As for Richardson -- I think he'll probably see a little bump in playing time but still wouldn't call him anything more than a Flex for Week 4. 


Isaiah Pead surprisingly not in uniform for Week 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead was a surprise inactive for Week 4 against the 49ers Thursday, as he has not been dealing with an injury. At this point, there is no reason given for Pead's status, after appearing in each of the previous two games.

Isaiah Pead likely to take a backseat in Week 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead found a measure of success in Week 3 when called upon to replace Daryl Richardson, but it wasn't like he had a breakout game. Now, with Richardson officially probable for Week 4 against the 49ers Thursday, it is difficult to say whether Pead is looking at a similar role.

Pead appeared in just one of the first two games before Richardson's injury, and had just one rush and a pair of receptions. If Richardson is anywhere close to full strength, it is probable fair to assume Pead will once again see a limited role.

If Pead was assured of getting a dozen or so touches yet again, he might be worth using against a 49ers defense that has struggled against running backs. Opposing backs have totaled 25.3 Fantasy points per game against the 49ers this season, while scoring six touchdowns in three games.

With Richardson expected to play, Pead should be considered little more than a flex option for Week 4. 


Rams running backs struggle to replace Daryl Richardson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Rams running back Daryl Richardson only played one snap Sunday at the Cowboys in Week 3 after his injured foot was stepped on. In his place, the rest of the running backs corps struggled.

Isaiah Pead had six carries for 20 yards and seven catches for 43 yards. Benny Cunningham had four carries for 16 yards and one catch for 6 yards. Zac Stacy was inactive.

Richardson might not be ready for Week 4 against the 49ers since the game is Thursday night, which means Pead and Cunningham might have to step in. We'd give the significant edge to Pead based on his ability to play in the passing game.

Pead had seven targets, and the Rams will likely be throwing all game against the San Francisco defense. Add Pead where needed, and hopefully he does well if Richardson is out.

Ignore Cunningham and Stacy in the majority of leagues.


Isaiah Pead has 63 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead carried the ball six times for 20 yards in Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Cowboys. Pead also caught seven passes for 43 yards. 

Pead found himself in a timeshare with Benny Cunningham at running back, as starter Daryl Richardson was active, but played just one snap. 

Pead, who was second on the team in targets, with seven, saw a slight boost in his stats thanks to the hurry-up offense in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't especially significant (four receptions for 15 yards in the final quarter).

The Rams face the 49ers in Week 4, on Thursday night. 


Rams backup RBs not reading too much into starter's absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham earned more reps in practice Wednesday with starter Daryl Richardson sidelined by a lingering foot injury. With Rams coach Jeff Fisher expecting Richardson back at practice Thursday, Pead said you can't look too much into Wednesday's workload.

"Can’t worry about coaches’ decisions. I just have to focus on the next day’s practice and on doing what I need to do to get better," Pead said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cunningham had similar sentiments.

"I don’t feel (Richardson) not practicing will change my approach at all," he said. "I just feel like no matter who’s practicing, I have to prepare myself as if I’m a starter. That way, when my number is called, I’m ready because I’ve prepared myself for the opportunity."


Isaiah Pead not holding much value


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/17/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead finished Week 2 without much to show for Fantasy owners who took a gamble on him. Pead carried the ball once, caught two passes, and was targeted four times. 

With starter Daryl Richardson among the top 20 running backs in Fantasy points this season (in standard leagues; Richardson also has 10 receptions on the season, boosting his value in PPR formats), Pead owners can't really harp on the player ahead of him not doing his job. Pead did see action on 38 percent of snaps in Week 2 (Richardson saw 52 percent), but didn't have much to show for it. 

Pead may ultimately end up being just a handcuff for the Richardson owner, and not the Joique Bell-type supplement that his rooters hoped for. He's worth a gamble in a deeper league, just in case this changes, but if there are better options out there (Jacquizz Rodgers, Eddie Royal, maybe even Austin Pettis), he's worth dropping to get a possible contributor onto the roster. 


Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham barely contribute


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2013) Making his return from a one-game suspension to begin the season, Rams running back Isaiah Pead got only one carry in relief of starter Daryl Richardson, picking up 1 yard. Benny Cunningham was used just a little bit more as a rusher, carrying twice for 0 yards.

Pead was a bigger factor in the passing game, getting targeted four times, but still had only two catches for 18 yards. Cunningham was targeted once but went without a catch.

The two will continue to compete for touches behind Richardson Week 3 at Dallas.


Isaiah Pead active for Week 2


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2013) After being suspended for Week 1 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Rams running back Isaiah Pead is active for Week 2 at Atlanta. Pead led the team with 26 carries during the preseason but is expected to play a backup role to Daryl Richardson.

With Pead returning, the Rams made rookie running back Zac Stacy inactive for Week 2.


Isaiah Pead looking to factor somehow


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/10/2013) Though he's able to practice again after being suspended in Week 1 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Rams running back Isaiah Pead hasn't been promised anything by coach Jeff Fisher, who said "we'll see" when asked Monday if Pead would play Week 2 at Atlanta, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Pead wasn't especially effective in the preseason, but he did lead the Rams with 26 carries for 86 yards. As a former second-round pick on a team still searching for a running game with Steven Jackson now out of the picture, he's a good bet to contribute in some capacity.

Most likely, he's not going overtake Daryl Richardson, who averaged just 3.2 yards on his 20 carries in Week 1, but the two could work in tandem. Unfortunately, a tandem role probably won't amount to much even against a Falcons defense that struggled against the run last season, allowing 123.2 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry.

Until Pead proves his worth on offense, he's nothing more than a bench option in Fantasy.


Isaiah Pead returns from suspension to find opportunity


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead will practice this week and might play Sunday after serving a one-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After St. Louis averaged 2.8 yards a carry against Arizona, the door is open for Pead to become a contributor in tandem with Daryl Richardson, reports ESPN.com.

"The opportunity appears to remain for Pead to claim the backup job and be involved in the offense on at least a semi-regular basis," the report said.

Coach Jeff Fisher called the Cardinals' defense stout against the run, but added "we are going to have to run the ball a little bit better as well."


Rams backup running back a mystery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Rams running back Daryl Richardson will start Sunday against the Cardinals, but it's unclear whether Zac Stacy or Benny Cunningham will back him up, reports the Post-Dispatch. Both Stacy and Cunningham could play, the report said.

Isaiah Pead is suspended for the opener.


Rams' No. 2 running back still a mystery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Daryl Richardson is the Rams' starter at tailback, but it's unclear who's backing him up, reports the Post-Dispatch. Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy impressed in the final preseason game, making Isaiah Pead no lock for the job when he returns from his suspension in Week 2, the report said.

Cunningham, an undrafted rookie from Middle Tennessee State, ran eight times for 76 yards against the Ravens. Stacy ran 11 times for just 37 yards, but "once again displayed a knack for gaining tough yards by burrowing his way across the goal line on a one-yard TD plunge in the second quarter," the report said. Pead gained 27 yards on seven carries but fumbled on a kickoff return.

"At face value, it looks like nothing more was settled at running back in the preseason other than the fact that Richardson is the starter," the paper said.


Rams finalize regular season roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The Rams officially finalized their 53-man roster Saturday by placing linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and running back Isaiah Pead on the reserve/suspended list by the NFL.

St. Louis also released offensive lineman Ryan Lee with an injury settlement and placed tackle Ty Nsekhe on the waived/injured list.

In addition, the Rams waived the following 19 players from the roster: wide receiver Emory Blake, defensive end Mason Brodine, linebacker Sammy Brown, quarterback Austin Davis, safety Cody Davis, defensive tackle Garrett Goebel, safety Rashard Hall, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Josh Hull, receiver Nick Johnson, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, cornerback Andre Martin, tight end Zach Potter, fullback Eric Stevens, cornerback Drew Thomas, receiver Justin Veltung, tackle D.J. Young, defensive end R.J. Washington, and cornerback Darren Woodard.

Rams yet to pick a kick returner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Rookie Tavon Austin will be the Rams' punt returner, but the team is still figuring out who will return kickoffs, reports ESPN.com. Candidates include receiver Chris Givens and running backs Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham.

“I think we’ve got a punt returner,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “And then we’ve got Chris Givens and we know what he can do. I like what Isaiah has done on the practice field, he’s getting better at it and I’m perfectly comfortable with Benny doing it. He got 15 yards on his own, by himself the other night.”

While it's conceivable Austin could get some work on kickoff returns, the Rams would prefer not to since he's already working on offense and punt returns, the report said.


With Daryl Richardson starting, Fisher non-committal on backups


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/20/2013) Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that he thought Daryl Richardson "would probably take the first snap against Arizona," effectively naming him the starting back. But he had an interesting take on the race to back up Richardson. 

"As far as who’s going to come in (second), that remains to be seen," Fisher said. "We still have some more evaluating to do. ... It's consistency, and it's not just the game. It's consistency on the practice field, understanding, first and foremost, probably how to play without the football. For us, that's more important than how he plays with the football. By that I mean, is getting to the right place in the passing game? Is he proficient, and does he know exactly what to do in protection? Once you get that down, then we'll evaluate the run skills."

Isaiah Pead and rookie Zac Stacy are competing for the spot. Pead underwhelmed in the Rams' second preseason game and fumbled the ball away in the first. He's also suspended for the team's Week 1 game against the Cardinals. Stacy averaged 3.3 yards over seven attempts in the Rams' first preseason action but missed the second game with a leg injury. 

Pead had every opportunity to close the door on Stacy last week and didn't do it. If he doesn't do it against the Broncos on Saturday then Stacy -- or perhaps another back on the roster -- could leapfrog him. Whoever helps Richardson with the rushing workload is worth a late pick in Fantasy drafts. 


Rams name Daryl Richardson the starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Rams made it official Monday, naming Daryl Richardson the Week 1 starter at running back, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Isaiah Pead started the last preseason game but failed to impress, averaging 1.9 yards on his 11 carries.

Richardson averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season as Steven Jackson's primary backup.


Rams' running backs can't get going


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Rams running back Isaiah Pead earned the start over Daryl Richardson in the team's second preseason game against the Packers Saturday night.

Pead got four series with the first-team offense but did not make much of an impact as he finished with 31 yards of total offense, logging 21 yards on 11 carries (1.9 yards per carry) and 10 yards on one reception.

Richardson also worked with the first unit as he caught the only pass thrown his way for a 24-yard gain in the opening drive. He also broke for an 8-yard run and a caught a 14-yard pass before they were wiped off by offensive holding and illegal formation penalties, respectively.

Richardson appeared to have had an edge over Pead entering Saturday's game. The Rams will likely have its dress rehearsal game on Aug. 24 at Denver, which could indicate who has the edge for the job.