RB Cam Akers has the potential to have a huge season for the LA Rams
Most LA Rams fans were thrown into shock when Todd Gurley was sent packing. Little did they know what was in the plans of Les Snead and his upcoming draft plans. Cam Akers could possibly take the NFL by storm in 2020.
Akers played three seasons at Florida State. He accounted for 3361 yards from scrimmage with 34 touchdowns. Akers averaged 5.1 yards every time he touched the ball.
The second-round selection has garnered some national attention about his potential. Cynthia Frelund of nfl.com wrote the following:
…FSU’s O-line fell into the below average category — nearly well below. So, yeah, Akers was operating (and valiantly produced) in very difficult conditions. The Rams’ RB depth chart suggests immediate opportunity for Akers, and his resume maps to great upside potential, even behind an NFL O-line with well-documented issues.
Physically, Akers and Marshall Faulk are very similar. They both stand 5-feet-10 weighing 217 and 211, respectively. Akers has the ability to be the same type of dual-threat running back as Faulk was. Time will tell if he is a hall of fame talent.
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In the meantime, Akers should be on your radar during your fantasy football draft. Are you willing to take a risk of selecting a rookie running back? Currently, he is the 29th ranked running back by ESPN‘s fantasy football position rankings.
Just as a reminder, there is a very good possibility that Malcolm Brown sees the majority of snaps on the goal line. Expect LA to take every precaution to extend the career of Akers. Their long term investment means more than pounding him into the line of scrimmage time after time.
Let’s hope they learned their lesson with Gurley’s injury saga. There’s a very good reason to think LA sets up Akers for a big statistical season. Instead of setting up the passing game via the running attack, Akers will have a big season because of the Rams aerial assault.