10 reasons to believe in this LA Rams offense and QB Goff

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VI – RB Akers finally topped running backs in carries

The LA Rams finally allowed rookie running back Cam Akers to shoulder the lion’s share of the carries in a game. So far, that trust has been well placed. Since the bye week, Akers has rushed 35 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also caught both passes thrown his way for 26 yards and a touchdown.

Akers has found the endzone in three consecutive weeks. That’s pretty impressive for a rookie who has only had 160 offensive snaps in 12 games. He’s the healthiest running back on the team right now. And since the bye, he is the most productive scorer.

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Cam needs to carry the ball

Ultimately, all rookies need snaps to develop. Running back Cam Akers is no exception to the rule.  Yet the Rams are one of the more conservative teams in terms of promoting rookies to their offensive rotation.  Akers may need the ball, but the Rams planned to work him into the offense slowly.

Head coach Sean McVay described the Rams running backs rotation in terms of a running back by committee.  A more descriptive term is a running back by chapter method. That means that the Rams would emphasize different running backs as the season progresses. Initially, veteran Malcolm Brown would see more snaps. Then, Darrell Henderson. Finally, Akers would carry the back most often.  After getting 21 carries against the Arizona Cardinals, we believe that Cam Akers has emerged as the Rams feature back.