Isaiah Pead was one of the most productive running backs in college football that few fans knew well for the last few years at Cincinnati. That may change in St. Louis, where Pead looks like he could assume the role held by Steven Jackson as the Rams' bell cow.
Pead hasn't heard a lot about the city that he's now calling home other than the good barbecue and the Gateway Arch, nor did he have any special attachment to the Rams beyond being into their days as "The Greatest Show on Turf" with Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. But he's been told that his role is to carry the ball and take some of the load off of Jackson, who has carried the ball 237 times or more in every season since 2005.
Pead still has some things to learn (pass protection at the NFL level, for one), but seems like he's ready to step up for the Rams and help the team continue its turnaround from its late-2000s swoon.