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    Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com

    EARTH CITY, Mo. – Four games into the season, the St. Louis Rams have tried almost every possibility on the roster in the on-going effort to replace running back Steven Jackson.

    Daryl Richardson has been the primary starter. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham have gotten repetitions as the backup.

    [+] EnlargeZac Stacy
    AP Photo/L.G. PattersonZac Stacy is looking for a chance to lead St. Louis' running back committee.
    The three have found little success and the result has been a running game that ranks last in the NFL, averaging a little more than 47 yards per game.

    Rams coach Jeff Fisher indicated last week that the team would make some adjustments to try to get the run game going.

    They can by giving rookie Zac Stacy an opportunity.

    “I think Zac’s done a really good job since he’s been here,” quarterback Sam Bradford said. “He’s a very talented runner. He’s a powerful guy. He’s got great vision. He makes cuts in the hole that are quick and decisive, so I’m excited to see him out there.”

    After the whole Richardson/Twitter incident happened Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon, the Rams aren’t tipping their hand on which of the four running backs will make the start. Fisher indicated the team would opt for a committee approach this week.

    That’s fine but it seems as though it’s time for Stacy to at least lead the committee. He’s getting ready as though the chance will be his.

    “Right now we don’t know who is starting for sure,” Stacy said. “The only thing I’m doing is just preparing my butt off for the week. Hopefully the decision will be made later in the week. All the backs, we all prepare the same, we all get the same amount of situations in practice. We’ll all be ready.”

    To be sure, there aren’t many backs in the league that would have much success playing behind the Rams' offensive line the past four weeks.

    At the same time, none of the backs that have had opportunities has done much with the chances they have had. Defenders missing tackles have been few and far between and yards after contact have been kept to a minimum.

    It may be a case of going with the devil you don’t know versus the one that you do but at this point, the Rams have little to lose by giving Stacy an opportunity.

    The rookie from Vanderbilt has just one carry for 4 yards (in the opener against Arizona) to his name and was inactive in Weeks 2 and 3.

    If nothing else, Stacy brings knowledge of a pro-style offense not too different from the one he played in with the Commodores and an understanding of all the little things he has to have to start and stay on the field after.

    Of course, he’s far from a finished product and he’ll have his share of growing pains as he adjusts to the NFL.

    “(It’s) really just being able to think fast,” Stacy said. “Obviously pass protection, staying in tune with that and just doing all the little things. At this level, it’s all about details to the T.”

    One way to stay on the field would be to provide something resembling decent pass protection for Bradford.

    All four backs have a negative grade from Pro Football Focus in pass blocking though Stacy’s is closest to neutral, in no small part because of a small sample size. But Stacy had a reputation as a good pass=blocker coming out of college and his improvement in that regard is more linked to learning assignments than a willingness to do it.

    That’s just one example of the little details Stacy hopes can earn him a chance.

    “Playing this position at this level is all about versatility, just being able to not only run but pass block, catch routes out of the backfield,” Stacy said. “That’s one of the things I want to bring to the table.”

    It’s unrealistic to expect Stacy to step in and be a savior for the Rams running game. He may not run for 100 yards or rip off big gains every carry but it’s not about a drastic turnaround. For now, the Rams just need to find something serviceable and go from there.

    Whether Stacy can provide it remains to be seen but it’s his turn to try.

    “Whenever my name is called I’ll just take advantage of the opportunity,” Stacy said.


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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    As mentioned in another thread, Stacy is BIGGER than Darren Sproles and he had a great game in N.O., so...

    GO ZAC!

    I hope our OL has a good, solid game vs Jacksonville.
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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    Start Stacy!

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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    Zac Stacy- 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report
    BY MACKENZIE PANTOJA

    Positives:

    +Stats- 1193 yards and a 5.9 yards per carry against SEC competition
    +Power
    +More power
    +Truly unnatural power for size
    +Toughness
    +Yards after contact
    +Passing game (mostly as a blocker)
    +Vision
    +Endurance
    +Accelerates quickly

    Negatives:

    -Tiny at 5’9, 208lbs
    -Speed and agility are only average
    -Some injury issues in the past
    -Mediocre outside runner

    I’ve been scouting for 4 years now. In my first year of scouting, I said that Antonio Brown was the most underrated prospect of the draft. Over the next 3 years, I saw a lot of underrated prospects that I really liked (K.J. Wright, Terrell Manning, Torrey Smith), but none of them compared to Brown. But, in 2013, I may have found a prospect more underrated than Brown was a few years ago. Before I talk about him, I’d like to lead in with this trivia question:

    In 2011, who led the SEC with a 5.94 yards per carry, among all running backs who had 15 carries per game or more?

    Trent Richardson? Only a 5.93 yards per carry. Vick Ballard? Not enough carries. Marcus Lattimore? Nope. Michael Dyer? Nope. Spencer Ware? Nope.

    Would you have ever guessed Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy?

    Okay, you probably would have guessed Stacy, given the fact that this is a scouting report about him. But, if you didn’t know that Stacy was the subject of this article, you never would have guessed that he got that he led the SEC with a 5.94 yards per carry in 2011. He got 1193 rushing yards last season on 201 carries. On Vanderbilt. Seriously.

    Think about what Stacy did last year. He played on a crappy offense. He had no supporting cast whatsoever. He played the toughest teams in the nation. You could actually make a pretty good case that Vanderbilt had the strongest schedule in college football during the regular season (did Trent Richardson ever have to face that menacing Alabama defense?). Yet, somehow, in spite of a horrible supporting cast and incredibly tough competition, Zac Stacy managed to get 1193 rushing yards on 201 carries last season. Truly amazing. But, right now, he isn’t expected to be drafted in 2013, according to most NFL draft websites.

    Are you kidding me?

    The stats alone make a pretty amazing case as to why Stacy is underrated. Watching him on film is truly a pleasure. If nothing else, there might not be another player in college football who is as fun to watch (and root for) as Zac Stacy.

    Stacy doesn’t have great measurables. He is only 5’9, but he has respectable bulk for a short running back at 208lbs. He also has respectable, albeit unspectacular speed for a guy his size with a 4.49 40 yard dash.

    Stacy has average athleticism. He has mediocre top speed, but he seems to reach top speed pretty quickly, which helps him as an inside runner. He isn’t incredibly shifty, but his above average change of direction skills combined with his fantastic vision makes him very dangerous when reversing his field and on halfback cutbacks.

    Stacy probably has the best vision of any back in this year’s draft class. Not only does he seem to have a knack for finding the hole, but he seems to have an uncanny instinct that tells him how long it will be until a certain a hole plugs up. One thing that I have always believed is overrated is the idea of “patience” needed for a running back. If a running back spends an extra 2 seconds in the backfield waiting for a hole to open up, he’ll get tackled for a loss. If a hole isn’t there when you get the ball, chances are it won’t be there 2 seconds later. Stacy has an uncanny knack for not only finding a hole, but knowing where holes are bound to develop. His vision is truly fantastic.

    Stacy has absolutely ridiculous power. I cannot emphasize this enough; 5’9, 208lbs running backs are not supposed to be as powerful as Stacy. 5’9 running backs shouldn’t be able to carry an entire SEC defense on their back. Stacy sized running backs shouldn’t be able to get as many yards after contact as Stacy. I would seriously say that he packs roughly as much power as Trent Richardson does into his tiny, 5’9, 208lbs pound frame. I know, it sounds ridiculous. But I have never, ever seen such a small, powerful running back in my entire life. It truly defies logic. I can’t believe what I see whenever I watch Stacy push the pile with will. To be honest, he is frequently the victim of shoestring tackles. He seems to have no awareness of his ankles, he doesn’t have great balance, and he is frequently tackled by some diving defender way behind him. When I watched him play, I couldn’t help but feel that big, strong defensive linemen who get a lot of contact on him struggle to bring him down, while defensive backs have success just by diving at his legs. In general, in order to tackle Stacy, you need to try to take out his legs. His core is simply too strong to bring him down any other way.

    What’s also pretty fun about Stacy is his absolutely fearless running style. Stacy by no means plays with a chip on his shoulder. It would be more accurate to say that Stacy plays with a block on his shoulder. Most undersized backs rely on quickness and agility to get yards. They try to evade defenders, not run over them. Stacy is pretty much the one exception. I don’t think he has ever juked anybody out in his entire life. The fearless running style is fun to watch, but I have a feeling it is going to do him harm down the road. 2011 was the first healthy season in his career. He had a head injury in 2010 and ankle problems in 2009. His fearless running style, combined with his lack of size, is an excellent recipe for injury issues. He’s had them in the past, and I fully expect him to have them in the future.

    Stacy is an extremely valuable asset on pass plays. He is good at catching the ball, but his best asset on pass plays is easily his blocking. Again, Stacy plays like he is 230lbs. In spite of his lack of size, he has phenomenal strength and has proven time and time again to be a great pass blocker. More than anything, I’m not sure if I have ever seen a running back so good at picking up the blitz. He reads defenses and diagnoses blitzes like a quarterback. Seriously. His ability to read blitzes and his strength as a pass blocker is huge for Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, who has no pocket presence or awareness whatsoever. Stacy might be the best pass blocking back in college football.

    Ultimately, I absolutely love Stacy. I can’t help but root for an undersized back that plays with ridiculous on field intensity. If people are right when they say that he would be lucky if he got drafted, then he is the most underrated player I have ever seen. If people come to their senses, that title will remain in the hands of Antonio Brown. I think he is going to have a great career.

    NFL Comparison: Mark Ingram

    Grade: 90 (deserves to be a late first round to early second round pick)

    Projection: 42 (will be a late 6th round pick)

    Well one thing's for sure, Zac will certainly get his chance to show us his blitz pick-up skills should he get significant playing time against the Jags ..
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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    Interesting read from that scouting report, both from a stats perspective as well as opinion - thanks Maui.



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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    he did graduate in 3 and a half years at vanderbilt...he's smart

    hope he can make good things happen

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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    Sure, why not?
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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    Four games into the season, the St. Louis Rams have tried almost every possibility on the roster in the on-going effort to replace running back Steven Jackson.

    Daryl Richardson has been the primary starter. Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham have gotten repetitions as the backup.
    ---broken record alert---

    Why does one individual have to be the replacement for Jackson?
    Why does there have to be a "starter" and two "backups"?

    None of these RBs have all the tools to be an every-down back, so why in the name of Captain Kangaroo are they trying to find one?

    Spread the carries out among the RBs so that their individual talents fit the situation. Come on, Schotty.....get a little creative, will ya?
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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    If Fish and Schotty continue to try and force the run through the A & B gaps over and over, Stacy ought to be given a chance to see what he can do. Pead certainly isn't at his best when running between the tackles. D. Rich is hurt, and Cunningham hasn't exactly wowed.

    I don't have an opinion on Stacy as an NFL player, because he hasn't played that often. It does however, speak well for him that he was very productive in a tough conference in college, and would appear to have the collective smarts/talent to be successful in the NFL. That said the $64,000.00 question is: Can Zac find any daylight behind our current starting O-line?

    Possibly this week, we'll have a clue as to answering that question. Hope Zac gets his shot this Sunday. Heck we traded up to get the guy, and he's healthy; it's not as if we have to sit Steven Jackson for Stacy to get his shots ..

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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    Zac Stacy measurables
    Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
    5 ft 9 in 216 lb 4.55 s 1.56 s 2.57 s 4.17 s 6.70 s 33 in 10 ft 2 in 27 reps X
    All values from NFL Combine[3]

    statistically similar to
    Doug Martin(.10s faster)
    Giovani Bernard
    Ray RIce (.10s faster)
    all good to great RBS so far in the NFL.

    Zac certainly has the physical measurables to get it done, so let's see it Sunday!

    and to boot Zac atm is the Rams YPC leader with FOUR YARDS PER CARRY--- whoohoo!
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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    If he can move the chains and keep the offense on the field, I don't care how many yards he totals for the game, he's the MVP in my book. I hope Jeff gives him a shot this week.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Time for Stacy to take turn as Rams' RB

    well......odds are it can only get better then what has transpired thus far..........Our new RB is "insert name"
    until they prove otherwise.

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