Steven Jackson, make way for Daryl Richardson

      September 21, 2012 @ 16:41:46 PDT


I couldn't be more all out on Steven Jackson at this point. The injury-prone veteran is 29 years old with a mountain of mileage on his legs. Now he is dealing with a groin injury and will be a game-time decision for Week 3.

Daryl Richardson ascended the depth chart, working his way past offseason draft sleeper Isaiah Pead. Could Jackson be next? I lean yes.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
On the way out?

Head coach Jeff Fisher has no reason to be loyal to Jackson - it is clear the future he is not. Richardson has run harder and more decisively this year, while displaying fresher legs that offer more spring.

Much of Richardson's production came from a 53-yard rush, which is longer than any play from Jackson since the 2009 season. The rookie was one Brandon Gibson feeble blocking attempt away from taking a designed swing pass into the end zone.

Jackson will have a role but has done little to endear himself to the coaching staff to deserve the benefit of the doubt to continue as the top billing. Coaches are people, too, and they have humanistic emotions that come into play. To the contrary, it's tough to not get behind the dynamic seventh-round rookie with how he has played.

Richardson gives the Rams the best chance to win. One aspect many people didn't count on when assessing the Rams impact Fisher would have on the team as a whole. They're playing aggressive defense and displaying tenacity in the trenches, becoming a competitive team. That combination can only help make a young set of legs look good.

While Jackson is ultimately too talented to be outright benched, Richardson has earned a role in the offense as more than a change-of-pace complement. S-Jax is due $7 million in 2013 base salary - the same figure he is being paid this year. You can bet on the coaching staff and front office will want to see as much of Richardson as possible.

I just hope I am more accurate with my view of this situation than I was with my Rueben Randle expectations ... props to Ramses Barden for a career game and making me look bad, haha. Truthfully, KFFL's Tim Heaney planted the seed in my mind about Richardson's potential, and the rookie poured the Miracle-Gro on it in Week 2.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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