St. Louis Rams Midseason Review: Running Backs

Runningback Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams rushes the football against Rashad Johnson #49 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Rams are now halfway through the 2011 season. We have seen some good things from the Rams – very few – and we have seen some things that need improvement – to many in my humble opinion. So, it is time to assess player performance so far this season. Here, we will take a look at the running backs on the roster.

Steven Jackson

Jackson has been the rock of the team.  Game in, game out, Steven has been the lone constant force.  He plays with such a passion, a fire that is to be desired by the rest of the team – or at least his fellow offensive unit.

In the eight games the Rams have played thus far – remember Jackson has missed a game and was limited in another due to a hamstring injury – Jackson has 579 rushing yards.  The last two games combined, he has amassed 289 of those 579 yards.  If that is any indication, @SJ39 is beginning to get his wheels in motion.

It is not too far of a stretch to say that SJ39 is on his way to another 1,000-yard season.  If the bruising back can remain healthy for the next eight games, he will easily gain enough yards to surpass the century mark.  As a matter of fact, if Jackson can get 60 measly yards per game for the rest of the season, he will end up with 1,059 rushing yards.  But we know he will go off for more.  Here's to hoping this guy can stay healthy.

Grade: A-

 


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2011 - Steven Jackson 7 113 579 82.7 5.1 47 4 17 95 13.6 5.6 15 1

 

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams

When the Rams signed Caddy this offseason, I cringed.  This guy was injury prone and lost his starting job in Tampa Bay to LeGarrette "Mr. Punch ‘Em" Blount last year.  But then I saw him play on opening day and dude went off for 91 yards on 19 carries, proving he still had plenty of thread on his tires.  For a back up RB, he is more than qualified.

Grade: B


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2011 - Cadillac Williams 7 60 237 33.9 4 16 0 13 87 12.4 6.7 16 0

 

Jerious Norwood

Jerious came in with hopes he would fix the Rams’ issues with kick and punt returns.  He also came in as a change-of-pace type of back.  But for some reason, Norwood has not done any of these things.  He is a mainstay on the pregame inactive list.  Honestly, he is a disappointment.

Grade: F


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2011 - Jerious Norwood 3 6 18 6 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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