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The newest member of the St. Louis Rams, RB Chauncey Washington, will step right into a role with the Rams special teams. Washington is an experienced ST player, and he'll get some looks for the backup job.
No more clarity on Steven Jackson's status for week 4. Practice resumes today, so we should know more this afternoon.
It appears that, for now, Washington will replace Dominique Curry on the 53-man roster, replacing him on special teams first and foremost. However, I wonder if he won't get some consideration for the role Keith Toston currently has as a between the tackles, power runner.
Working in relief of Steven Jackson, along with Kenneth Darby, Toston picked up just 22 yards on 11 carries. That wasn't the worst of it. With the Rams just a yard away from the goal line, Toston struggled. In their weekly "Quick Reads" column, Football Outsiders' stats found Toston to be the least valuable running back for week 3. Here's their take on Toston's performance:
So how did Toston get here? He did his Matt Forte impersonation. With two carries from the 1-yard line in the second quarter, Toston rushed for -1 yards and then -3 yards.
If Washington's game is leans more toward power than speed, the Rams have to give him a look in those situations, especially if Jackson misses any time. Darby did a better job converting short yardage situations than Toston.
Fun fact of the day: The turf at the Ed Jones Dome is made with soybeans. Play a game, bust out some stir fry.