Rams rookie Stacy eager to build on solid first game

15 hours ago • By Joe Lyons

Now that he has had his first true taste of the NFL, Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy is eager for another.

“Just a great learning experience,’’ he said, referring to last week’s 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the teams’ preseason debut. “It was good to get out there for the first time, good to get back in the flow of things. Obviously, the pace of the game is a little faster than college and the game at this level, so much of it comes down to being prepared mentally and knowing your responsibility on every single play.”

Following a record-setting career at Vanderbilt, Stacy was selected in the fifth round of April’s draft. In Cleveland, he rushed seven times, a team high, for 23 yards and also caught a pair of passes for 13 yards.

“It was a pretty productive night for me,’’ said Stacy, who stands 5 feet 8 and weighs 214 pounds. “At this position, at this level, it’s really all about consistency and being productive.

“The physical part — I got a good internship in the SEC and I’m tested out here every day in practice by our defense — that comes naturally. What I’m learning now is more about the mental aspect of the game, learning to play fast and think on the fly.”

Stacy is battling for a position in a backfield unit that also includes 2012 draft choices Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead as well as Terrance Ganaway, Chase Reynolds and Benjamin Cunningham.

“All the guys in the running backs’ room, we’re all competing, trying to get better and to make each other better,” Stacy said. “As far as who plays, that’s definitely not our call. We just have to focus on the little things, playing mistake-free football and making the most of the opportunities you get.”

Stacy said his teammates are starting to get excited about facing the Green Bay Packers at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome.

“It’s going to be a great experience, playing in front of the home fans,” he said. “Once you get that first game under your belt, you start to look forward to the next one because each time you play, the more the game slows down for you.”

QB ROTATION

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said that Kellen Clemens will work with the No. 2 offense on Saturday. Austin Davis ran the second unit last week in Cleveland.

“They’re both competing,” the coach said. “Kellen had an opportunity to run around and make some plays there at the end (vs. Cleveland). We had a couple of breakdowns up front, in fairness to Austin, but we’ll flip it this week and go back the following week (when the Rams play Saturday, Aug. 24 in Denver).”

RAM- BLINGS

Missouri governor Jay Nixon and his entourage made a stop at Rams Park on Monday.

“He had a lot of good ideas. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he’ll make a few calls for us... in the preseason,” Fisher kidded.

• The Rams’ practices today and Wednesday are closed to the public. Fans are welcome to return for the Thursday workout, which will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m.