Someone should tell Joe Barksdale what he missed.

"To be honest with you I will have to watch the film" he said Sunday afternoon. "I was too busy trying to block for him. But I heard he did a really good job so I'm happy for him."

Had the St. Louis Rams right tackle been able to both block and watch during the Rams' 34-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars he would have seen a glimmer of hope. He would have witnessed the kind of performance that just might foreshadow a one-dimensional offense adding the layer it must have to pull this season out of a downward spiral. The glimmer is named Zac Stacy.

"He runs the ball hard" Rams left tackle Jake Long said. "He can run over guys and break away at times. He did a great job today."

Stacy the rookie out of Vanderbilt started for the first time Sunday. While his debut as a lead man came against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars -- a team that entered the Edward Jones Dome coughing up an NFL-worst 165 rushing yards per outing -- the Rams are not in position to downplay any sign of backfield growth. After all St. Louis hit the field averaging a league-worst 47.2 yards on the ground.

Stacy who has slowly marched forward as previous starter Daryl Richardson and previous No. 2 Isaiah Pead have failed to secure the role had 38 yards in the first half.