Rams trade RB Zac Stacy to Jets for seventh-round pick
The St. Louis Rams traded running back Zac Stacy to the New York Jets in exchange for the 224th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Stacy requested to be released or traded after the Rams drafted Georgia’s Todd Gurley in the first round on Thursday night.
Stacy fell behind Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart last season, and when Gurley was added to the mix, that was enough for him to want to play elsewhere in 2015. After meeting with the Rams front office on Friday, both parties agreed that would be best.
Stacy rushed for 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries in his rookie season in 2013 but managed just 293 yards and one touchdown on 76 carries last season while making just five starts.
Stacy now joins a crowded Jets backfield which features Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley and Bilal Powell.
Similar in skill set as a downhill chain-mover, Stacy will provide insurance in case Ridley suffers a setback in his return from ACL surgery.
The Rams selected Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager with the seventh-round pick acquired in the Stacy deal.
I cannot deal with anymore of these new people in the cast. No Justin. No Zac. Because for real this is probably our last movie with these characters and I just want them to finish together without adding in anymore. I mean the first movie did AMAZING…SO MUCH BETTER than the sequel and it had no major celebrity cameos, so why the sudden need to add them? Like can you not.
It wouldn’t have been a bad thing if Zac had been in the original cast because the chemistry with him and Anna and Brittany is obvious and we know he can do something like this because, hello major HSM nostalgia, but there’s no need.
ZAC STACY PLAYING LIKE A FIRST ROUND PICK FOR THE RAMS - The St. Louis Rams thought enough about Zac Stacy’s potential that they traded their last two draft picks to ensure they landed the Vanderbilt career rushing leader in the fifth round.
These days, Stacy is playing like a premium pick instead of No. 160 overall for an offense that has ditched high-flying aspirations for grinding out drives. He has been the key to a running game that’s finally gotten revved up with consecutive 100-yard games, and is second among rookies with 475 yards rushing and a 4.6-yard average.
The Rams (3-6) think enough of his work that he’s one of three players pictured on the cover of this week’s game release book.
When Daryl Richardson was sidelined with a foot injury, the 5-foot-8, 216-pound Stacy seized the opportunity. He runs low to the ground, makes decisive cuts and has a bit of a bowling ball physique that makes it tough to haul him down.
Stacy broke three tackles on a key 32-yard run that led to the tying touchdown late in last week’s loss to the Titans.
“It was a great run,” Fisher said in his post-game press conference. “He’s a very instinctive runner, he’s a smart runner.” Fisher’s blueprint for his second season with the Rams was all about speed dazzling foes and going vertical. Now, much like during his years with Tennessee, the profile is power running combined with play-action passes.
Stacy got his first career start in Week 5 against Jacksonville and began producing immediately with 78 yards on 14 carries, leading the Rams to their first 100-yard day as a team of the season. He piled up 134 yards on 26 carries two weeks ago against Seattle’s top-notch defense and followed up with 127 yards in 27 carries, the Rams’ first two rushing touchdowns of the year and 178 total yards rushing and receiving against the Titans.
"Just making plays, that’s what it all comes down to,” Stacy said following Wednesday’s practice. “Week-in and week-out we stress making plays all across the offense. There’s no secret sauce to what I’m doing, just making plays.” (Photo: Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)