Typically, the early days of NFL training camps are when the injury onslaught takes place. Unfortunately for us, the injury virus has decided to make an early appearance this year. Los Angeles Rams sophomore running back and massive breakout contender Cam Akers has finished for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon during off-site training.
It sucks for the Rams and their fans, who expected big things from Akers this year. The Rams just shared a promotional photo of Akers fully dressed Last week. They were clearly excited about what he was going to bring to the team this year.
Logistically, the Rams technically don’t have to pay Akers for lost wages for the upcoming season since the injury took place offsite, but it is believed they will, especially since ‘Akers is still under his rookie contract. He should have been owed $ 890,000 this season, and with Akers supposed to be a big part of their plans for the next few years at an incredibly reasonable cost, it would be wise not to stir the pot.
The Rams must now tackle their backfield. Specifically, what that fullback will look like for newly acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford. Next man on the depth chart is Darrell Henderson, who averaged 4.5 yards per carry for the team last season. That’s a big concern, though – Henderson has only received 20 receptions for the Rams in his first two seasons, and head coach Sean McVay enjoys throwing the ball to his running backs. Behind Henderson are four running backs who have never recorded a carry or reception in the NFL – second-year full-backs Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais, and rookies Otis Anderson and Jake Funk.
It would be shocking if the Rams didn’t add someone else to the fold, so here’s a thought. How about a reunion with Todd Gurley? Now a free agent, they could bring him back to a system he knows and understands, and allow him to work timeshare with Henderson. Yes, there are big questions about his health and the condition of his knees, but if he can give the team 8-10 touches per game instead of a full workload of over 20, that may be enough to preserve it throughout the season. . Other options on the market right now are Duke Johnson, Le’Veon Bell or maybe Bryce Love, a young fullback who has never started due to injuries.
Whoever it is, I’d be shocked if the Rams’ backfield didn’t see an addition of some kind. Meanwhile, Stafford will be able to carry that offense, and McVay might need to lean on his arm more than he hoped.