The St. Louis Rams claimed halfback/fullback hybrid Terrance Ganaway from the New York Jets on Saturday. Ganaway shared the news himself via Twitter. By claiming him off waivers, the Rams have to stash him on the 53-man roster, which means a corresponding move is coming.
Headed to St. Louis! God is faithful and I am truly grateful for yet another opportunity!— Terrance Ganaway (@RepChrist24) September 1, 2012
Ganaway was the Jets' sixth-round pick this year. A bruising tailback out of Baylor, he had the dubious honor of scoring Gang Green's lone preseason touchdown. The Jets waived him with the hope that they might sneak him onto the practice squad.
Prior to claiming Ganaway, the Rams had three running backs and a full back on the roster: Steven Jackson, Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson and Brit Miller. I find it difficult to believe that they would keep five players at that position. Unless, they're trading one of the first three listed (doubtful as well), that means Brit Miller is probably the odd man out here.
Here's a preseason read on Ganaway from Gang Green Nation, SB Nation's Jets blog:
Last, but not least, there is Terrance Ganaway. Terrance is a powerful RB, that might be more of a FB. There might be a silent competition between him and John Conner. Besides the few bone crushing blocks Conner has made, he has greatly underperformed as a FB. We will be running an awful lot this year, and a FB that can plow the way will be a must. Ganaway is the definition of a power back. His low center of gravity allows him to punish would be tacklers. Once Ganaway gets going, he becomes a bowling ball that is very hard to bring down. He can even show some quickness at times to take it to the house.
Ganaway is 6-foot-1, 240 pounds. Bowling ball, power back type is the one kind of running back the Rams lack amid the current group. Miller has value as a special teams contributor, but his work as with the ball is average at best.
The assumption from some on Twitter this morning following the news was whether or not Ganaway played fullback. He does some, but Schottenheimer's offense has never really relied on a pure lead blocking type fullback. Last year they had John Conner, who was a bit of a tweener.