Can LA Rams RB Cam Akers bounce back in 2022?

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LA Rams Depth Chart
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2022 running back depth chart

After being the main running back in 2021, it looks like veteran Sony Michel will be unsigned by the LA Rams. That’s a bit curious because the team traded two draft picks for the former New England Patriot running back, and he seemed to deliver what the offense needed in both running and as a receiving option.

There may be cheaper options for the Rams to pursue running back depth, or that could be an area to be addressed in the upcoming NFL Draft. Currently, the Rams have the following running backs on their roster.

  1. Cam Akers
  2. Darell Henderson Jr.
  3. Jake Funk
  4. Xavier Jones (2021 IR)
  5. Raymond Calais (2021 IR)
  6. Javian Hawkins (Reserve/Future)

None of these players led the 2021 Rams in rushing yards. In fact, not one of them played more than 12 games for the team in 2021. All six of these running backs were either out long-term or battled injuries throughout the season. Rookie Jake Funk was healthy enough to appear in only 10 games last year. Henderson played in 12 games, but a series of minor injuries prevented any type of continuity or reliance upon him being ready week to week.

Of this group, Akers is the clear front runner to be the feature running back going further. Henderson is a solid RB2 and can see some of the short-yardage carries. I can’t see the Rams making any moves at running back positions, since they have needs in other positions. If Akers can stay healthy and can return to his rookie form, I believe that he will indeed have a huge year.