As all rebuilding teams start, 2012 was the beginning of an overhaul project for the St. Louis Rams. With little to no help for young quarterback Sam Bradford, and an aging running back in Steven Jackson who left this off-season for an NFC powerhouse, the Atlanta Falcons, the Rams were looking for new pieces.
One of those new pieces happened to be former Cincinnati Bearcat standout running back, Isaiah Pead. A man in which Doug Rush of Giants101.com said “he was a big time running back in Cincinnati, broke school records there and was a second round pick for a reason.” Pead is quite known for his explosiveness and ability to get out in open space and make plays with the ball in his hands. A standout Bearcat who compiled 3,288 yards and 27 touchdowns in four seasons, including a senior year that saw him carry the ball 237 times.
Fast forward to the 2012 Draft and Pead was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the second round, but not all was great for Pead who only attempted 10 rushes for 54 yards and three receptions for 16 yards while fumbling the ball twice. As Pead called it, his rookie season “was miserable”.
Although the Rams other rookie Daryl Richardson carried the ball 98 times to Pead’s 10, an off-season may have been the best thing for Pead. A more healthy lifestyle with more rest and a clear mind have been the focus of much-needed time off to get him back to the elite level he was that made him a high draft pick.
Although many called for the Rams to draft a running back with Jackson’s departure, the promise of Pead may have been a main reason why they chose not to go running back early. Instead the team chose to trade up for a play making wide receiver in Tayvon Austin out of West Virginia.
Not every player is going to have a standout rookie season, sometimes the greatest players need the biggest falls before their rise of greatness. Isaiah Pead’s career is just starting and as head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters ” he’s got a chance to make a lot of big plays for us”. A motivated and focused Pead could be the key to success for the St. Louis Rams and their offense who will be led by quarterback Sam Bradford and likely go-to receiver in rookie Tayvon Austin.
The clock hasn’t ticked out in Pead’s career yet, it’s just starting.
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