I think we can now, officially, put the St. Louis Rams starting running back race to bed. It's over. (It may never have really started). Head coach Jeff Fisher talked up incumbent starter Zac Stacy after practice on Thursday, and one thing is quite clear: Zac Stacy is going to see a lot of playing time.
"He's our running back," Fisher said.
Got us on a technicality there, coach. But he went on ...
"[Stacy is] playing really well without the ball. That's the thing that he wanted to work on this camp and so far he's done it. He's catching the ball well, protection is solid, has a really good understanding of what we're doing."
The key takeaway here, for me anyway, is Stacy's work without the ball. We knew he was going to handle the bulk of the carries, but now we're getting a good idea that he might have an even larger role.
As for catching the ball, he had 26 receptions on 33 targets for 141 yards and a touchdown. That number should go up simply because he'll have all 16 games to work this year (if he stays healthy), but I suspect he could be targeted more frequently given this offense's penchant for the short passing game.