Around the NFL  

 

Jeff Fisher downplays Zac Stacy not starting for Rams

As human beings nationwide prepare for their fantasy drafts, the backfield of the St. Louis Rams remains a talking point.

Second-year runner Zac Stacy is widely viewed as the opening-day starter, leaving plenty to wonder why Benny Cunningham got the nod in Saturday night's 33-14 romp over the Cleveland Browns.

Cunningham churned out 32 yards on five carries with the first team and showed burst on a 21-yard volt through Mike Pettine's defense. His handiwork, though, doesn't suggest a change in the pecking order.

"We just gave (Cunningham) a chance to run behind the first offensive line. We know what Zac can do," coach Jeff Fisher told reporters after the game, per ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer confirmed over the summer that Stacy would compete for the starting role against Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason. We haven't seen enough from either challenger to suggest hopscotching Stacy, who served as the team's offensive centerpiece with nearly 20 carries per outing as a rookie.

With brittle Sam Bradford set for a Sunday MRI on his banged-up knee, nothing has changed in St. Louis. Stacy is a lock to see the majority of carries in Schottenheimer's run-heavy scheme.

The "Around the League Podcast" Fantasy Football Extravaganza has landed. Tell your friends and lovers.

Fan Discussion

NFL News
CONTENT
15