The Rams’ best rusher from 2020 has been upended by terribly regrettable news.
Next-year tailback Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles when instruction right before the start off of camp, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero described Tuesday. The team later confirmed the information.
Akers was established to headline a backfield that started 2020 as a committee, but noticed the Florida Point out product rise to the top rated of the team down the extend of the year. Akers completed the time as Los Angeles’ primary rusher many thanks in massive element to his improved workload from 7 days 13 onward, heading from averaging just 6.3 attempts for every activity to above 20 in the latter part of the period.
The uptick in carries produced final results for Akers, who averaged 92.1 yards for each activity, scored four touchdowns and broke 130 yards twice in that span. His 645 hurrying yards from 7 days 13 by Super Bowl LV were the fourth most in the overall NFL, offering the Rams a good deal of explanation to be excited about the long run of their running recreation in the post-Todd Gurley period.
Just after Tuesday’s news, they’ll in its place have to drum up exhilaration for handoffs to Darrell Henderson, Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais and Good Morning Soccer beloved Jake Funk. A few of those four were being either seventh-round picks or undrafted cost-free brokers.
Mentor Sean McVay stated Tuesday throughout an visual appeal on ESPN 710 his workforce likes what they have in the aforementioned group of backs, and could just transfer forward as is.
“We’ve bought some youthful backs on our roster that I am intrigued about viewing how they tackle this chance,” McVay explained. “I don’t know that the veteran route is anything that we would rule out, but it can be not a thing that we’re immediately looking to deal with appropriate now.”
If quantities never ever lie, the Rams will have to hope their committee backfield can make up for what they are going to shed from Akers’ absence. Los Angeles has averaged 120-plus rushing yards in each individual of the 3 seasons in which the Rams have produced the playoffs under Sean McVay. In the just one year in which they failed to make the playoffs in the McVay period, the Rams averaged just 93.7 yards for each match.
The Rams can keep on to be thrilled about their likelihood with a new and enhanced condition at quarterback many thanks to their acquisition of Matthew Stafford. But they’re going to certainly pass up Akers, and can only hope to find a way to substitute his projected production over the training course of a whole time.