Isaiah Pead RB STL 1 Month

Isaiah Pead is expected to dress every week for the Rams due to his play on special teams.

When Pead fell out of the backfield mix last year, he went to special teams John Fassel and asked to run down kicks. He ended up excelling in that role over the final seven games, giving him a strong shot at this year's final roster. Pead will also try to beat out Benny Cunningham and win the third-string running back job behind Zac Stacy and Tre Mason.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 2 Months

NFL insider Dan Pompei reports Rams 2012 second-round pick Isaiah Pead was "the subject of some trade talks during the draft."

The Rams return Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham, and used a top-75 pick on Tre Mason. At the Combine, GM Les Snead indicated he envisions Pead as mostly a special teamer. Pead's roster chances are around 50:50 entering training camp. It's likely St. Louis was the initiator of trade talks, not the other way around. Through three NFL seasons, Pead has 17 carries for 75 yards (4.4 YPC).

Isaiah Pead RB STL 5 Months

Rams GM Les Snead indicated at the Combine that the team now envisions 2012 second-round pick Isaiah Pead as a special teamer.

Knowshon Moreno and Donald Brown give talented Pead some hope for a later-career resurgence, but he's clearly now on the backburner in St. Louis' backfield. "He became one of our better special teamers," Snead said of Pead. "You can expect some nice things going forward for him." Pead finished 2013 with two special teams tackles. He was the 50th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 6 Months

Rams RB Isaiah Pead isn't assured of returning to St. Louis in 2014.

The 50th pick in the 2012 draft, Pead will have to scrape for a roster spot after earning just 17 carries through two NFL seasons. Although Pead's college tape was largely impressive, he simply hasn't panned out in the NFL, and his passion for football has been questioned. Zac Stacy is locked in as St. Louis' franchise back, with Benny Cunningham favored for the No. 2 role.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 8 Months

It's unclear if Isaiah Pead or Daryl Richardson would be the No. 2 back if Zac Stacy (concussion) sits out Sunday.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 9 Months

Rams declared RB Isaiah Pead a healthy inactive for Monday night's Week 8 game against the Seahawks.

Even with Benny Cunningham (ankle) also inactive, Pead still can't crack the game-day 46. Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson will handle backfield duties. Also inactive for the Rams are QB Brady Quinn, G/C Barrett Jones, T Mike Person, and DE Gerald Rivers. Cortland Finnegan (thigh) and C Scott Wells (thigh) are active.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 10 Months

Isaiah Pead recorded no carries or receptions in Sunday's Week 5 win over the Jaguars.

Pead was active, but settled in as the No. 4 back behind Zac Stacy, Daryl Richardson and Benny Cunningham. He's clearly in Jeff Fisher's doghouse -- whether that's due to on-field or off-field matters.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 10 Months4 Comments

The Associated Press calls Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy the "top candidates" to start Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 10 Months3 Comments

Isaiah Pead confirmed that his Week 4 scratch was a coach's decision.

The Rams are sticking to the story that Pead was a healthy scratch because they wanted to use Tavon Austin in the backfield. Austin ended up with no carries, while Benny Cunningham got four carries as Daryl Richardson's backup. "I knew about it. We had a private conversation and there was an understanding, said Pead. "It's over and I'm attacking the week, like I try to do every week." We still suspect there was some off-field discipline going on here. Don't be surprised if Pead is active against the Jags this week.

Isaiah Pead RB STL 10 Months4 Comments

Coach Jeff Fisher stated Friday the Rams deactivated Isaiah Pead Thursday night against the 49ers because they wanted to use Tavon Austin in the backfield more.

"We had intended on using Tavon out of the backfield," were Fisher's words. We're still not sure this is the full story; Zac Stacy was active and doesn't play on special teams. Pead doesn't play on special teams, either. It seems like there was a disciplinary measure that Fisher isn't revealing. Fisher did allow Pead has had "a couple moments" the past few weeks, though he declined to offer details. Pead is barely worth hanging onto in 12-team leagues.