The St. Louis Rams have a true feature back in Zac Stacy, who was absolutely amazing as a rookie out of Vanderbilt, as he carried an offense quarterbacked by journeyman backup Kellen Clemens. Stacy’s rushing helped spearhead some upsets and near-upsets, and he’s a powerful rusher who displays plenty of wiggle, cutting ability, and vision. Behind him, the Rams have the explosive Daryl Richardson, decent backup Benny Cunningham, and Isaiah Pead. The Rams are still hoping that Pead can be a nice change-of-pace back for them, but they could be in the market for some more depth at running back.
Based on the success that the Rams have had with sleeper backs like Stacy and Richardson, it seems more likely for them to continue that manner of building the position. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Thomas reports that the Rams aren’t expected to buck this trend by going out and signing Chris Johnson, as he reports that a reunion between CJ1K and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher isn’t likely at this moment in time.
While it isn’t impossible for the Rams to show interest in Johnson, they are fully expected to hold off on any interest in him. That makes plenty of sense, as Johnson just doesn’t seem to fit the Rams. While he wouldn’t be expensive and could fit as a talented RB2 who consistently produces with his speed, the Rams are better off saving their money and trying to scoop up another sleeper. Johnson has a few interested parties, but he’ll probably have to snag a prove-it deal and strive for a big 2014 on his new team.