December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead (24) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals were hoping to add a dynamic running back in the 2012 NFL Draft to pair with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and they didn’t have to look far, as the city of Cincinnati featured one of college football’s best running-backs in 2011 in Pead. The Bearcats workhorse back carried the ball 237 times for 1259 yards and 12 TDs. He also chipped in 39 receptions for 319 yards and another 3 TDs, and most believed he’d be an impact player his first year for whatever team drafted him.
Sadly, that’s not been the case. After he was drafted by the st. Louis Rams in the second-round, he was expected to a complimentary back for Steven Jackson, but he was bypassed on the depth chart by seventh-rounder Daryl Richardson. since then, he’s been forgotten after only 10 rushing attempts during his rookie season.
"“New year, new season. That’s the way I look at it. The second year, it’s completely different because you have a better idea of what to expect and you have a better idea of what’s expected of you.Last year obviously didn’t go the way I wanted, but I survived it and I’m ready to move forward”, Pead said in a recent interview."
Now, a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network states that Pead will serve a one-game suspension at the start of the regular season for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.
It’s not looking as though the former Bearcat great will have any impact in the NFL, at least while he remains in St. Louis. As it stands, Pead will battle fellow second-year backs Richardson and Terrance Ganaway, as well as rookie fifth-rounder Zac Stacy for playing time this year, and perhaps even a roster spot.
Pead ranks third in Bearcats history in rushing yards (3,288) and rushing touchdowns (27).