2. Work out running back rotations
The Rams are without RB Darrell Henderson for the time being. While he will eventually return, the team will need to work on his roster replacement until he is healthy enough to play. While the hope is that will be soon, the likelihood of his healthy return in time for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys is still very much up in the air.
That could open a roster spot for rookie running back Xavier Jones to join veteran Malcolm Brown and rookie Cam Akers in the rotation for the opening game. Brown was already the designated starter/first running back into the opener. His likely replacement in the rotation was likely Darrell Henderson, whose speed would have been ideal to test perimeter defense, as well as some running back screenplays to the outside.
Xavier Jones before Cam?
I’m almost tempted to lean towards Xavier Jones softening up the defense with a perimeter attack and catching passes to the outside. After the defense seems to get the range on thwarting him, then finish them off with the Coup de grâce by running rookie Cam Akers right at them. Of course, the score of the game will play a huge role in terms of who enters the game.
Another key to the backfield competition to sort out is the pass blocking responsibilities. The running back that does the most effective job of keeping Goff clean and upright will certainly get snaps in the season opener. While Malcolm Brown is likely the best due to his years of NFL experience, If Akers, Jones, or John Kelly demonstrate expertise, that could go a long way in determining who makes the team, and who sees action in week one.