RB Zac Stacy - Free Agent
|5-9, 216||Born: 4-9-1991||College: Vanderbilt||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2013|
2015 Week 3 vs PHI (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -2 / 0 rec)
With Chris Ivory sidelined, Stacy served as New York's #2 running back behind Bilal Powell. Due to game flow, Stacy only received four touching, ceding all of the passing game work to Powell. Stacy was virtually a non-factor against Philadelphia's suddenly resurgent defensive line.
2015 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 7 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
After Powell left the game with a groin injury, Stacy spelled Ivory during the second half. Early in the third quarter, Stacy ran off left tackle for a short two-yard touchdown. Stacy ran with a low pad level to ensure he got into the end zone. Stacy intermittently worked during third downs and made two nice grabs for short gains.
2015 Week 6 vs WAS (13 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
After Powell left the game with an ankle injury, Stacy spelled Ivory during the second half as New York worked the clock. Stacy wasn't able to rip off any big plays, but was able to get what was blocked. Going forward, it will be worth monitoring whether Powell or Stacy spells Ivory.
2015 Week 7 vs NE (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell was inactive, so Zac Stacy was inserted as Chris Ivory's backup. Ivory re-injured his balky hamstring on the game's first play, giving Stacy an opportunity to play additional snaps. Ivory battled his way through the game, so Stacy was only asked to spell him on occasion. Stacy had trouble finding running room, so expect Powell take back his role once he gets healthy.
2015 Week 8 vs OAK (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell was inactive, so Zac Stacy was inserted as Chris Ivory's backup. Alike Ivory, Stacy did not find a lot of room to run and was a complete non-factor.
2015 Week 9 vs JAX (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Bilal Powell was inactive, so Zac Stacy was inserted as Chris Ivory's backup. Alike Ivory, Stacy did not find a lot of room to run and was a complete non-factor. Stacy took a big shot on a screen pass and left the game.
2014 Week 1 vs MIN (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Stacy wasn't bad, but there were no holes for him to run through. He averaged just under 4ypc, but typically ran hard and got the max out of his carries as he usually does. In the first half, STcy got things going with a 7 yard run up the middle on some actual run-blocking. But then he made a mistake too, dropping a screen pass that helped kill a Rams drive. After that, Stacy didn't see the field much until the 2nd half. He came in as the Rams tried to take pressure off Davis. Stacy responded with tough yardage. Gains of 7 yards, 6 yards and a nice first down conversion gave the Rams hope early in the half. Stacy is so good at changing direction while moving forward, all while being a solid physical presence. But the Rams couldn't sustain drives, and so Stacy couldn't rack up numbers. Stacy owners need to be panicking. This is a bad Oline in a conference with great defenses. Also, the Rams got Cunningham into the game and even tried working in Tavon Austin from the backfield. It's tough to see how Stacy duplicates his 2013 ppg average, as the offense seems worse, and his competition has increased.
2014 Week 2 vs TB (19 / 71 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stacy was the main runner for St. Louis in week 2. Many feared some sort of time-share, but Stacy showed that he's the guy Fisher trusts at this time. Stacy ran hard and churned out tough yardage, despite having very little running room. On the first drive, Stacy did most of his damage. He started with a 7 yard blast up the middle and then had a tough 9 yard run down to the goalline. Stacy was then rewarded with a 1 yard TD run for the first score of the game. In the second half, Stacy was hit from behind and fumbled the ball away. It was a rather innocuous hit, and Stacy did a poor job securing the ball. But Fisher stuck with him, as a good head coach will, and Stacy responded with continued solid work the rest of the half. On a pitch, Stacy turned the corner and picked up 12 yards. Then he showcased his classic quick feet, making a quick adjustment at the line, breaking tackles and getting 6 yards. When there was a hole, Stacy found it. As he usually does, he gets the most out of every run. He's so good at using his quick feet to make cuts while moving forward. Some rb's dance, but Stacy makes cuts while getting yards. He also shows great vision. The bad news is that the line is not very good. Also, despite Stacy's solid running, he doesn't have break-away speed. As such, Stacy's 2nd season is shaping up to be a lot like his first. Solid and productive, but not upper echelon.
2014 Week 3 vs DAL (12 / 67 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Zac Stacy ran like an animal in this game, bouncing off defenders like a pinball, showing himself a weapon in the passing game, and putting his stamp on the starting spot. At this point, you could argue that the split in carries between Stacy, Cunningham and Watts is actually hurting the team. Stacy just doesn't miss a hole or make many mistakes. He is so precise, compact, powerful and smart. He's not going to blow you away with speed, but he gets chunks of yards every time he sees a hole. He started the game with a 12 yard run up the middle, then picked up 14 yards a few plays later on a screen in which he completely juked a defender in the open field to get more space. Then came an 8-yard pinball run up the middle before the Rams scored. It was interesting to note that on the Rams 3rd and 4th possessions, Stacy didn't touch the ball. Both possessions ended without points. Then Stacy came back in in the 5th possession, had a nifty spin-move on a 7 yard run, and caught nice pass as well. Ultimately, he was stopped on 4th and 1, but the Rams were in a tight formation and failed to stop Dallas from shooting through and nailing Stacy as soon as he touched the ball. He best run was on the next possession where he saws a hole, shed a tackle and headed upfield for 16 yards, finishing the run by laying a lick on the last defender. He just does an exceptional job of keeping those legs moving and getting as much as he can out of every play. If the Rams want to win this season, they need to feed Stacy. He's the best option in St. Louis by a mile, and needs to carry the ball more than 12 carries a game, especially in a game in which the defense is having no success in stopping him.
2014 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
The offensive line stunk for much of the game for the Rams, and they fell behind rather quickly. Stacy did his usual thing up the middle, churning for positive yardage and laying the wood to defenders. On one first half play, he hit the hole, then ran through 2 people on his way to a 14 yard gain. But the gameplan went away from the running game rather quickly. Stacy was, however, able to make a solid contribution in the passing game, before he left the game in the 2nd half due to a calf injury. It's a shame he left, as his skills as a receiver could have come in handy. Stacy is the best RB on this team by far, but this injury did open the door to Cunningham, and Cunningham took advantage. It remains to be seen how serious the injury is, and whether Stacy can cement what up to this point has been a stranglehold on the starting job and the majority of the carries.
2014 Week 6 vs SF (8 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Stacy's hard style of running just didn't work against San Fran, and his playing time is in serious jeopardy. Stacy is a punishing runner but he lacks top-end speed. The emergence of Mason has potentially turned this from a one-man show to a 3-headed RBBC. Stacy just isn't the type of runner that is going to thrive in a 3-man RBBC as he's not a home run hitter. Honestly, the line didn't do a great job blocking for Stacy on his runs, and this isn't a question of Stacy's ability. He's proven to have the ability to run between the tackles. He consistently does a great job of taking what the defense gives him. But Stacy also doesn't have that explosive component to his game, that this team needs. He's not a playmaker. He's not going to light up the highlight reels. He's also losing touches from two running backs. Stacy is still worth holding onto for a few more weeks to see how this shakes out, but right now his value is plummeting.
2014 Week 7 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Much like Daryl Richardson in 2013, Zac Stacy appears to have lost his grip on the starting job, and was completely phased out of the game against the Seahawks. Perhaps the coaching staff didn't think his style of running would have much success against Seattle, or perhaps they planned on Mason replacing him as soon as he was ready. Either way, Stacy had no carries and is in extreme danger of permanently hitting the bench.
2014 Week 8 vs KC (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Stacy got on the field in what is becoming a nightmare RBBC in St. Louis. Stacy is not the type of RB to flourish in a "by-committee" approach, as he's not going to blow you away. On his first run, he got a decent hole, and ran for 9 yards. After that, he had no daylight on any of his few runs. Stacy did get a few receptions as well, but just isn't getting enough touches to be fantasy relevant. He's gone from 1st string to 3rd string in 2 weeks, and the Rams don't look any better as a result of the change.
2014 Week 13 vs OAK (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stacy finally got back on the field, but didn't do too much. He had a few solid runs, as he usually does, but mostly got carries in obvious running downs and was shut down for much of the game. Stacy has solid ability and would do well on a productive offense. But on an offense that is limited, his lack of big play ability put him on the bench in lieu of Mason, and he's going to find it almost impossible to ever get his job back, unless an injury happens.
2014 Week 16 vs NYG (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stacy had 2 carries early in the game, but as the game got away from the Rams, he was nowhere to be seen. Stacy, as you likely know, has been completely phased out of the Rams attack.
2014 Week 17 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Stacy's very impressive rookie season fell apart in 2015. He came on for a few plays to give Mason a breather, but wasn't able to do anything, aside from a few meaningless dumpoff passes. Stacy isn't the type of player that is going to do a whole lot unless he gets a lot of carries. It might do him some good to get cut and go play for another team in 2015. Otherwise, he could face another year of backing up Mason.
2013 Week 1 vs ARI (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Only one carry for Stacy, and he did show good power, muscling ahead for 4 yards. The backups on this team should be watched closely, as Richardson may not have the body-type to withstand the heavy usage that Fisher likes to give his RB's.
2013 Week 5 vs JAX (14 / 78 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The most encouraging thing for St. Louis has to be the hard-nosed running of Zac Stacy. Stacy ran with great balance, and showed a very low center of gravity. This allows him to keep his feet after contact, and he proved to be a force to bring down. His most impressive run was a 4 yard play where he was hit immediately, spun, somehow stayed on his feet, and then was able to move ahead and pick up solid yardage. On his other opportunities, however, he really looked solid. He actually broke tackles, made defenders miss, and showed the ability to hit holes. On a 12 yard gain in the 2nd half, Stacy read the blocks perfectly and picked his way through the defense for a big gain. Make no mistake, this is the Jags, and the holes won't be this big for long with the Oline that the Rams have. Stacy also doesn't have great speed, so he's unlikely to be a big-play guy. But he fits the mold of a Jeff Fisher rb, as he runs hard. For some reason, we didn't see Stacy run inside the 5, however, which needs to change.
2013 Week 6 vs HOU (18 / 79 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
There is only one offensive player that takes a big leap for St. Louis this week, and that is Stacy. One week after being given the start, Stacy nailed down the starting job with an unbelievably impressive performance. Stacy runs very, very low to the ground. He also continually squirted through holes at the line of scrimmage, running with power and great balance. At the end of the first half, he made a couple really solid runs. On the first run, he ran low, got through the line and got upfield for 8 yards. Then he made another move at the line, squirting through at an angle where he could barely be seen, got upfield and then leveled a defender and fought ahead for extra yards. The 18 yard gain was his longest of the day. He then followed that up with a 5 yard gash up the middle. Stacy also looked solid on the two times Bradford threw him the ball, and is showing that he can be a complete back. The fact that the Rams threw the ball at the goalline on three occasions cost Stacy the break-out game that he otherwise might have had. Also, the Rams barely had the ball from the middle of the 3rd quarter until the end of the game, further limiting Stacy's opportunities. Fisher has found his back, and expect Stacy to be the main ball-carrier for the rest of the season. His small stature only seems to help him as it appears that this keeps the defenders from locating him at times when things get congested. But despite his height, he has the body of a RB, and is plenty powerful enough to be an every-down RB.
2013 Week 7 vs CAR (17 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Stacy was bottled up for much of the day, as the Panthers made an obvious effort to clog up the middle of the field, and keep Stacy in check. However, he still made a few plays. On an early screen pass, Stacy got going, made two cuts to avoid defenders, and went for 25 yards. He also scored on a fake reverse, getting the outlet pass from Bradford and walking in for an easy TD. As the Rams saw that the running game wasn't working up the middle, they mixed it up a bit and gave Stacy a pitch toward the right sideline. Stacy bounced off a tackle, got to the sideline, turned upfield and ran for 21 yards on an impressive run. With the injury to Bradford, Stacy is going to get a lot of work. However, whether the line can give him enough room to run is a major issue. If you take away the one 21 yard run that happened on a pitch to the sideline, Stacy was only able to get about 2 yards per carry, and was hit in the backfield many times. The Oline didn't do a good job of run-blocking, and it only figures to get worse with Bradford gone. Stacy's 4 catches were impressive, as he catches the ball really well, and looks natural. His ability to come out of the backfield as a receiver bode well for his fantasy future. It should be noted that in the first game that Kellen Clemens started in 2011, he threw Steven Jackson the ball 9 times. If he has a tendency to dump the ball off, this could bode well for Stacy.
2013 Week 8 vs SEA (26 / 134 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
The superstar of the night was Zac Stacy. He ran with power, he made great cuts, he has excellent vision, and he always squares his shoulders and gets downfield. Stacy never wastes time dancing. His cuts are quick and decisive, and it seems like he always makes the right decision when he runs. Stacy isn't blessed with amazing speed, but if he runs like he did against Seattle, he won't need it. Stacy seemed to do an excellent job of making that first defender miss, which is crucial for a RB. Once he did that, the holes opened up and he hit them. In the first half he had gains of 11, 13, 13 and 13. On the final drive, Stacy made a quick cut at the line, avoided a defender, then made a decisive open-field cut, avoiding another defender, and ended up with a huge 18 yard gain. The problem for Stacy is that the offense as a whole stinks. This lessens his usefulness, as his touchdowns are going to be low. Also, Stacy injured his ankle on the final drive, which kept him off the field as the Rams were trying to win the game. He certainly would have had a much better chance of scoring once they got inside the 5 than Richardson did. Nonetheless, Stacy played tremendous against Seattle, and the Rams appear ready to ride this horse as far as he can take them. His vision and toughness are going to make the Rams happy for a long time.
2013 Week 9 vs TEN (27 / 127 / 2 rush, 7 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)
Zac Stacy is for real. There can be no more doubts that this kid is not a fluke. Despite an ankle injury that gave him questionable status all week, he was a workhorse in true Jeff Fisher style against the Titans. For the most part, the Titans did a great job of bottling him up in the first half. He had four impressive runs up the gut in the first half, but wasn't finding many holes. However, as the first half began to come to a close, the Titans weren't stopping his as easily as they were early in the game. On the final drive of the half, he began finally chewing up significant yardage. The Rams came out throwing in the second half, after such a heavy dose of Stacy in the first. Stacy took a pass in the third quarter, turned, broke a few tackles and turned it into a 12 yard gain. Then he had a 9 yard redzone run, and then a 9 yard TD run to put the Rams on top. But his most impressive run came on a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. He plowed into one defender, bounced off, trucked another defender, bounced off, ran towards the right side, juked a defender and rumbled 32 yards for a huge first down. This was easily his most impressive run of the year, as he looked like a pinball. The striking thing about Stacy is that he looks the part of a proto-typical NFL rb. He's exactly what you need at the position if you are Jeff Fisher. It's a tragedy that Stacy and Bradford didn't get a chance to play together this year, as the Rams could have actually began to make some noise. Likely for the remainder of this season, Clemens' inability to use the deep part of the field will make Stacy the primary focus for defenses. In a tough NFC West, he will struggle to have a lot of big games. But he's a stud in the making, perhaps the most impressive rookie RB in the entire league, including Eddie Lacy.
2013 Week 10 vs IND (26 / 62 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Stacy ran with power, as he demonstrated on his 2 yard TD plunge in which he ran over a defender to barrel into the endzone. He also had 2 nice runs right before Austin's first 57 yard TD. On one of the runs he just ran over Angerer and picked up 9 yards. However, the Colts were focused on stopping Stacy, and it showed. They played man coverage on the receivers and sent everyone else to stop Stacy. This portion of the Colts gameplan worked, as Stacy had 26 carries, but only managed 62 yards. He didn't seem slow, he didn't seem injured, he was just bombarded with defenders on most of his runs. The plan ultimately back-fired on the Colts, as Clemens and Austin made them pay. Now defenses are going to have to pay some attention to Austin, and this should help Stacy in future weeks. Stacy did lose a crucial fumble in the first quarter, failing to cleanly gather in the handoff from Clemens. But that fumble ultimately didn't hurt the Rams too much.
2013 Week 12 vs CHI (12 / 87 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The first thing to admit is that the Bears have perhaps the worst running defense in the NFL right now. With the injuries to their interior lineman, the Rams were opening huge holes all night long. Stacy started the game with an 11 yard run, and didn't look back. His 1yd TD was an impressive finish, as he ran into a wall of defenders and still had enough strength to barely cross the goal-line. On the 3rd drive, Stacy headed one direction, cut back and found a hole big enough to drive a truck through. He went upfield for 35 yards and got the Rams down to the 6 yard line. Zac Stacy continued pummeling the Bears for the remainder of the first half. A 16 yard gain was made when he again made a great cut, and then got upfield through a big hole. Stacy saw his day end when he suffered some sort of head injury, the full details of which aren't yet available. It's a shame he got injured, because when you combine the way he was running, with the porous Bears defense, Stacy could have broken 200 yards.
2013 Week 13 vs SF (19 / 72 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Stacy was the focus of the 49ers defensive effort and it showed. He never really got any running room until the 2nd half. He did have one nice 8 yard run early in the 2nd. He found some rare space, made one decisive cut to the inside, and picked up 8 yards. Then later on when the 49ers held a 23-6 lead, Stacy finally saw a bit of space, rumbling for 11 yards, 8 yards and 6 yards on successive carries. At this point, the 49ers were not concerned about Stacy anymore, and so he was finally able to carve up some yardage. But when the game was close, Stacy was completely bottled up. He also had a pretty ugly drop as a receiver as well in this all-around bad game for the Rams.
2013 Week 14 vs ARI (14 / 25 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / -3 / 0 rec)
Stacy had three nice runs the entire day. For the rest of the day, he was stone-walled. This wasn't a case of Stacy playing poorly, it was a case of the offensive line failing to open any holes, and the Cardinals making a point to stop the run in the first half. His longest run of the day was 9 yards, and it was amazing he got any forward progress, as the holes weren't there and he just plowed his way up the middle for the solid gain. Stacy also was able to get a short TD after the long Tavon Austin run, which kept him from having a completely awful day. The Rams tried to get Stacy involved in the short passing game, but the Cardinals were all over it. Every single time he touched the ball, he was met by defenders. Despite three receptions, he only totaled -3 receiving yards, and he also dropped a couple passes. Overall a miserable day for the Rams as a whole, and Stacy, despite his talent was no exception.
2013 Week 15 vs NO (28 / 133 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Stacy was a battering ram and he beat up the Rams and stole their lunch money. Despite the fact that the Saints made it obvious that they wanted to stop Stacy, he burnt them on two big runs that were the difference in the game. On the first run, Stacy hurdled two defenders at the line, cut toward the outside and galloped 29 yards down the right sideline. That beautiful run led to the 2nd touchdown for the Rams. Stacy continued making solid gains with his "one cut, head upfield" running style, churning out first downs and chewing up clock. Then with just over 2 minutes left in the first half, Stacy practically ended the game. First he broke a tackle and kept moving, then he outran a defender and shrugged him off, and then finished the run by turning on the jets in an impressive 40 yard touchdown. Stacy is very physical, but he makes his cuts quickly and without losing momentum. In the second half, Stacy had a number of clock-killing first downs, as the Rams made every attempt to close out the game and keep the Saints off the field. These efforts kept the Rams from allowing enough time for the inevitable Saints comeback, and helped the Rams get a big win. Stacy is the proto-typical Jeff Fisher running back, and is really the only reason that the Rams have had any sort of success since Bradford's injury.
2013 Week 16 vs TB (33 / 104 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
If you love old style football, watching Zac Stacy has to bring a smile to your face. Jeff Fisher doesn't worry about the longevity of his running backs. He also doesn't usually bring in the backup, even when the game is out of reach. He did it with Eddie George, with Chris Johnson, and now is doing it with Zac Stacy. Despite the fact that the entire stadium knew Stacy was getting the ball in the 2nd half, Fisher stuck with the run over and over. Stacy for his part did pick up 104 yards, as he ran hard and churned out yardage all day. But Stacy's best runs were in the first half when the game was close. Early on he was chewing up yards, and almost broke a long one, only to be tackled at the last second. He led the Rams on a long drive that ended in him diving over the top for a TD. On the drive in which Clemens fumbled, Stacy had a big 19 yard run where he seemed to make 4 or 5 quick, instinctive cuts. No wasted motion, and Stacy always seems to make the right move. Then a few plays later, he got the ball on a pitch, made a move, stiff-armed a defender and went for 15. Why Clemens tried a QB draw at the 1 with Stacy in the game was a horrible decision that ultimately resulted in a fumble. In the second half, though, the Bucs defensive line got the better of the matchup. They knew Stacy was getting the ball, and they kept from wearing down. In the fourth quarter Stacy had 10 runs of 3 yards or less. With the Bucs determined to win the battle in the trenches, Stacy held his ground though, running tough and physical. When he finally found an opening with 2 minutes left, he picked his way through the defense for 13 yards and a big first down that kept the Bucs from getting the ball back.
2013 Week 17 vs SEA (15 / 15 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Stacy easily had his worst game as a pro as the St. Louis offensive line was manhandled and Stacy had nowhere to run. Stacy hauled in 4 receptions as the Rams tried to get him the ball in different ways. His only run of any note was a 7 yard scamper in the final quarter with the Seahawks firmly in prevent mode. The poor performance doesn't put a damper on a great rookie season, however. The Rams have two early first round picks, and Fisher has a RB to build around. Expect big things out of Stacy in 2014, as an improved OL and an improved QB should greatly benefit him.