The Los Angeles Rams will be without their starting running back for the 2021 season. Tom Pelissero, of the NFL Network, announced this morning that Akers tore his Achilles while training.
#Rams RB Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles while training, per source.
Brutal blow for L.A., which loses its leading rusher from last season a week before camp begins.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2021
Akers was LA’s first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Florida State (2nd Round, 52nd Overall). He had a good rookie campaign, 145 carries for 625 yards (4.3/avg), while splitting carries with Darrell Henderson. Many projected Akers to have a breakout season and take command of the Rams backfield this season. Seahawks fans will also remember seeing Akers rack up 176 yards from scrimmage in the Wild Card playoff game this past season.
The Rams were a lot of peoples favorite to win the NFC West this season. Others had them possibly representing the NFC in the Super Bowl after trading for Matthew Stafford. This has to have the team thinking, now what? Do they stick with their current stable of running backs? Darrell Henderson, the 3rd year back from Memphis, who has a career 177 carries for 771 yards and 5 touchdown’s. Xavier Jones, who was an undrafted free agent from Southern Methodist last year. Or is it rookie RB, Jake Funk from Maryland their 7th round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft? Of these 3 players, Henderson will obviously be at the head of the pack heading into training camp.
The other options available to the team would be, to pick someone up off the free agency scrap heap, or making a trade. The one free agent that makes the most sense would be to bring Todd Gurley back, he has recently been linked to the Baltimore Ravens. A few other notable free agents would be; Le’Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy, among others. If the Rams were to try to make a trade, which they’ve never been shy to do before, they could possible target the Houston Texans who have David Johnson, Mark Ingram, Rex Burkhead and Phillip Lindsay. Another option would be to swing for the fences and call to see if they can pry James Robinson from the Jaguars or Ronald Jones from the Bucaneers possibly?
Regardless of what LA decides to do this is definitely a setback for a team with championship aspirations this season. Will this sink the Rams or will they be able to overcome this injury? Only time will tell.