Losing Cam Akers is a significant blow to the Los Angeles Rams running game. Set to be the No. 1 running back in an offense that was was going to utilize his talents in the passing game, Akers was set up for a breakout season and a key contributor for the Rams Super Bowl title hopes.
“I think he can come alive in the pass game,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said back in March. “I think he can continue to play at a high level. Really, I think he’s an every-down back. I think he’s a special player.”
The Rams had high hopes for McVay heading into year two, but Los Angeles must figure out how to utilize its running game with him lost for the season. Darrell Henderson should get the first opportunity as the No. 1 running back, but there isn’t much insurance behind him.
Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais have never taken a carry in an NFL regular season game, while Otis Anderson is an undrafted free agent rookie. Clearly the Rams could use a veteran running back to help out Henderson and emerge as the No. 2 option.