Rams Notebook: Rookie running back makes camp debut
3 hours ago • BY ANDREW WAGAMAN
Rookie running back Daryl Richardson participated in team drills for the first time in camp Tuesday and looks fully recovered from a hamstring injury.
Richardson was the Rams' seventh, and last, draft pick this year after playing at Division II Abilene Christian (Abilene, Texas). Since then, he's quickly become a contender for the No. 3 running back spot, most likely behind Steven Jackson and fellow rookie Isaiah Pead. Head coach Jeff Fisher even led off his post-practice remarks by noting Richardson's return.
"He's been working the last few days, we got him acclimated," Fisher said. "It looks like the injury is behind him, so we threw him in there. It's good to have him back."
Richardson said he pulled his hamstring toward the end of minicamp in June. He still has a little tightness when he first takes the practice field but said he feels fine after stretching. On Tuesday, he looked good bouncing through holes and taking off down field after plays had stopped.
Fisher said that if he continues to make progress in team drills, he might get some carries in the scrimmage on Saturday in Indianapolis.
"It feels great being back out there with the team, trying to build that trust and get everything on one page," Richardson said. "That's how you can try to help your team, you try to make the roster and get better every year. … Hopefully I'll be in the lineup and get my shot."
Richardson is the brother of Bengals running back Bernard Scott. He had respectable numbers for Abilene Christian last season, tallying 75 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards a game, but got on draft boards with his performance at his pro day. Richardson had a 40 1/2-inch vertical leap and an 11-3 broad jump.
Since then, Fisher has been impressed with both his vision and speed.
"He's very explosive," Fisher said. "Because of his speed, he can get to the outside zone."
Besides Richardson, tackle Rodger Saffold returned to team drills as well. Pro Bowl center Scott Wells took the field with his helmet for the first time during camp, though he still worked to the side on most individual drills. Receiver Brandon Gibson sat out of practice with what Fisher called tightness, and defensive tackle Trevor Laws missed practice with knee swelling.
Craig Dahl and Darian Stewart, who is recovering from a hamstring, continued to rotate at free safety. Wide receiver Austin Pettis appeared to get the wind knocked out of him after attempting to make a grab down the right sideline. He returned to drills a few minutes later.
• Rookie wide receiver Brian Quick made a catch in the front left corner of the end zone to end practice. Defensive end Robert Quinn probably would have sacked quarterback Kellen Clemens in a real game before he could make the throw, though.
• Earlier, Clemens also threw one of the nicer passes of the day about 50 yards downfield to the hands of receiver Chris Givens. The rookie out of Wake Forest dropped it.
• NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt was at Rams Park on Tuesday. Brandt was the vice president of player personnel for Dallas Cowboys from the team's inception in 1960 until 1988. He's regarded as a scouting guru.
• Fisher has had the team switch between the north field and the south field at Rams Park for team drills every three days to keep the fields fresh. They've been on the south field so far this week.