The St. Louis Rams pounded out 143 rushing yards in the 34-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, more than their total on the ground from the past three games combined.
With Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham all failing to top 3.0 yards per carry on the season, Rams coach Jeff Fisher finally gave rookie Zac Stacy a chance to take over the backfield.
The fifth-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt responded with 78 yards on 14 carries, nearly doubling the Rams' average in yards per carry.
Fisher confirmed Monday, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that Stacy has earned another start in Week 6 against the Houston Texans.
Stacy doesn't have the pedigree of Pead or the experience of Richardson, but he's the lone Rams running back capable of succeeding in heavy traffic. Stacy showed decisiveness and better vision than the failed trio, picking up extra yardage after initial contact.
While there are some qualities to Stacy's game that call to mind the Redskins' Alfred Morris, we suggest tempering enthusiasm until he repeats his moderate success against stronger defenses than Jacksonville's.
The sledding is about to get much tougher, with the Texans, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans on the docket over the next month.
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