St. Louis Rams Trade RB Zac Stacy to New York Jets


The St. Louis Rams have traded running back Zac Stacy to the New York Jets for their seventh-round pick, the 224th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. Stacy had reportedly requested a trade on Thursday after the Rams drafted Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the 10th pick of the first round.

There was significant hope that Stacy would be the Rams’ running back for years to come following a fantastic rookie effort in which he ran for 973 yards on 250 attempts (3.9 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns in 12 starts. However, Stacy ended up suffering the same fate that he had inflicted on incumbent starter Daryl Richardson in 2013, as rookie third-rounder Tre Mason broke into the Rams’ lineup for their fifth game and had stolen Stacy’s starting job one week later. After starting the first five games, Stacy failed to collect a carry in four of the Rams’ final 11 games and finished the season with just 76 attempts for 293 yards and one touchdown.

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He’ll go to a Jets team that doesn’t have a clear number one running back, with Patriots castoff Stevan Ridley, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and the back he previously replaced, Daryl Richardson, currently comprising the team’s depth chart at running back. While Stacy will have to fight his way back to relevance, it’s certainly possible to see a scenario in which he ends up as the Jets’ primary back next year. Just a year removed from being one of the NFL’s best rookie running backs, Stacy certainly has the skills to be an impactful “bowling ball” runner.

With Stacy gone, the Rams now have six running backs left on their roster: Gurley, Mason, Benny Cunningham, Trey Watts, Chase Reynolds, and Isaiah Pead.

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