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Rams Season Review: Running Backs Part I

There are a few glamorous positions on football team: QB, RB, WR and sometimes a kickoff returner.  So after looking at a relatively long list of Rams RBs that showed their faces this season, I was pretty excited about writing this review.  So I did some research.  Then I did some more research.  And the more reading I did the more excited I became.  After all the searching, peaking, and poking around I am able to tell you that we have some real positive elements on our running back squad.  We have 1 great running back, 1 veteran fullback, and a bunch of young hopefuls who are looking to make an impact in the NFL.  Let’s first take a lot at the young hopefuls.

Young Hopefuls

Kenneth Darby – Darby has been in the NFL 4 years; 3 with the Rams.  During his time with the Rams he has played in 40 of 48 games.  His best year was in 2008 when he had 323 total yards from scrimmage (this year he had accumulated 168 yard and 2 TDs)

Brit Miller – Miller played linebacker for Illinois and went undrafted in 2009.  Picked up by SF, he briefly made it to the active roster.  Miller played in 5 games, but was waved later in the season.  The Rams picked up him up for the 2010 season.  He stole the starting fullback position away from Mike Karney until suffering a serious knee injury this past December.  Currently he is on the Rams’ injured reserve list and I wouldn’t expect him to be 100% for much if any part of next season.

Keith Toston – Keith had a great senior year at Oklahoma State in 2009 (carrying the ball 227 times for 1,218 yards and 11 touchdowns).  This year with the Rams he started the year showing a lot of promise, but did not reach his true potential earning just 83 yards from scrimmage and no TDs.

Chauncey Washington – Washington came out of USC where he exhibited star performance in spite of injuries and academic problems which limited his playing time.   He was drafted in 2008 by the Jaguars, but has bounced around the league onto several practice squads.   Unfortunately, this year was no different, but for the Rams.  He is currently a free agent.

The Rams are in desperate need for a strong #2 running back who can share the load with super star Steven Jackson.  The trick here is to find a way to nurture, push, prod, and extol these young talents to get them to the next level.  From young talent to disciplined players who deliver regular solid contributions.

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