LA Rams RB Kyren Williams ‘should be back this preseason’

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Rams have been battered a bit at the running back position. So much so that it makes me a bit concerned over the likelihood of a solid running attack for the 2022 NFL season. I’m not a negative person, I’m simply looking at the evidence from the 2021 NFL season, and trying to extrapolate what the Rams running backs will do in 2022.

With so many injuries, that’s not an easy task.

Making matters a bit more confusing, the LA Rams front office allowed the team’s best rusher from 2021, RB Sony Michel, to sign elsewhere in the offseason. That means plenty of question marks over the players who remained, whose combined production in 2021 did not break 1000 rushing yards.

One of the solutions to so many injured players returning came in the form of rookie running back Kyren Williams, whose north-south style of running for Notre Dame, coupled with his ability to serve as an effective weapon as a receiver in the passing game, was hoped to add a viable option to the offense if any of the returning veterans struggled.

But Williams injured his foot in OTAs, requiring surgery.  Now he is trying to rehab, stay up to date on the offensive installs, and remain in consideration for not only a roster spot but for playing time on offense as well.

Per the Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, the young running back has already found a mentor in third-year running back Cam Akers.

Akers is coming back from a devastating injury himself, but still is making the time to help his younger teammate along, even down to some encouraging words in the early days of the LA Rams training camp.

Do we have answers at the running back position yet? Not exactly. But it is very encouraging to see players rally around one another already.

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