Time for concern over LA Rams rushers durability issues

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LA Rams Roster A.J. Rose
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Rams rushing options

The Rams have got to bite the bullet here and try to salvage the season. Too soon? Hey, let’s not lie to ourselves, injuries this early with almost no physical contact are not something that the team can sweep under the rug. There are good reasons to rethink the Rams’ strategy. So here are several can-do options for the Rams right now:

Option I – Give lion’s share of preseason work to RBs Trey Ragas and A.J. Rose. The Rams have got to infuse durability into the 2022 NFL season at the running back position, and the team’s top four RBs: Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr., Kyren Williams, and Jake Funk all have serious and legitimate reasons to question their ability to handle 17 games worth of pounding.

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Bigger body runners

The Rams have two bigger-bodied running backs in A.J. Rose and Trey Ragas. The team can commit to a two-horse race in the remaining preseason games and ensure that the winner of the competition lands a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. Of course, that would relegate Jake Funk to the team’s practice squad. But I’d rather the Rams get a strong healthy RB on the roster now.

The benefit of committing to Rose/Ragas now is twofold. Not only does it save the team money by not signing a new player, but it allows the team enough flexibility to keep their roster as is. When either Akers or Henderson gets sore, the Rams can simply promote the bigger RB to the featured runner for that game. As they return to health, the team can simply revert back to feature them.