LA Rams depth chart: RB3 Kyren Williams held out of preseason action

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The LA Rams have been through OTAs, training camp, and finally, three preseason games. Now, it’s up to the coaching staff to reconstruct the upcoming 53-man roster for the team’s 2022 NFL season.  It’s another opportunity to reinforce what seemed to be a bit light and lacking from one season ago.

It’s also another chance to simply reset the board to what seemed to work well.

The LA Rams offense has been evolving under the watchful eye of head coach Sean McVay. When McVay first arrived, he inherited a roster that emphasized the ground and pound style of former head coach Jeff Fisher. Since that time, the team has slowly migrated away from the 1000+ yards rushing of Todd Gurley and settled in on an offense with multiple running backs capable of putting up 500+ yards rushing.

That metamorphosis may be taking another step forward this year, as the Rams appear to be going with a trio of running backs, all of whom have serious question marks over their durability and production this year: Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr., and finally rookie Kyren Williams.

The Rams were willing to let their healthiest and most productive running back from 2021, Sony Michel, sign elsewhere. Now the team is banking on the ability of first-year runner Kyren Williams to handle the load or at least part of it. That feels like a bit of a risk considering that player is a rookie who sat out a majority of the offseason due to a foot injury.

But Kyren Williams saw no action in any preseason games, a clear indication that he had crossed the line into the Rams’ 53-man roster:

So now the team must find a way to keep their running backs upright and the chains moving without having strong evidence over what their latest rookie addition can do at running with the football against NFL competition. While the Rams are infamous for making significant roster moves at any time in the season. Will the Rams front office be making any moves this year?

Well, only when they feel that they must.

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