The LA Rams may not be in very great shape at the running back position. While the team is not fighting to hold it together after an onslaught of devastating season-ending injuries, the Rams are putting their boots on the ground with some concerns. All of the team’s primary running backs, be it either Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr., or even rookie Kyren Williams appear to be coming back from significant lower body injuries.
And none have rushed for 700 yards or more in any NFL season. So there are no safety nets, no true Plan Bs, nor even a veteran rusher on the roster to fall back upon if the team is to have success running the football.
The Rams committed to a rookie running back out of Notre Dame, who despite a horribly-timed foot injury, will be the wild card for the team’s rushing efforts this year. But it will need to happen quickly, as he has not played in any preseason contests yet.
In the end, it comes down to faith.
LA Rams Free Agency options
But, thinking back, what’s new about that? Ever since the LA Rams and star running back Todd Gurley had parted ways, there has been a shroud of doubt, concern, and uncertainty over the Rams’ ability to run with the football. In many ways, the outlook for the LA Rams’ ability to run this year is very much like the forecast for the 2020 NFL season.
As long as the Rams maintain a tight rotation, keep players rested, and keep defenses guessing, the Rams can pile up significant yards on the ground. Ultimately, the goal is not to run one player 450 times for 1600 yards, but to put three players at 150 rushes for 700 yards apiece. Do the Rams have that sort of potential? If you suspect the answer to be anything short of an absolute yes, then the Rams need to add some help to the running back room.
Here are three options to help bolster the Rams’ ground offense, and all could be had for cheap and be effective: