One of the St. Louis Rams' preseason roster battles is resolved. Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed after the team's practice on Tuesday that Barry Richardson has won the starting right tackle job.
Fisher also said Barry Richardson has "won" the RT job, cited his experience as a starter as a factor.— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) August 28, 2012
If was fairly obvious that the job belonged to Richardson following the team's surprise move to send Jason Smith to the Jets in exchange for Wayne Hunter. The newest tackle is getting into the mix a little late to get a chance at the starting job, and based on his preseason play with the Jets, would have been a long shot.
Richardson has done a better job in the preseason than he did with the Chiefs last season, when he allowed eight sacks and 50 total pressures. He has had his ups and downs in the preseason, and may find himself on a short leash if the Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford struggle with protection.