One of the most critical elements of the LA Rams’ current RB roster is the fact that the team has workload issues for both Darrell Henderson Jr. and Cam Akers. In fact, the only two running backs that I can think of off the top of my head who got stronger in a game the more they carried the football is former RB Sony Michel and former RB Malcolm Brown.
In fact, we even cited the need for the Rams offense to feed Malcolm Brown the football to optimize his production back in 2020. Brown is a tireless back who seems to get stronger as the game progresses because his running style is such that he punishes defenders who try to tackle him.
The LA Rams finally find their workhorse, again
It’s not that Malcolm Brown is particularly selfish with the football. But the LA Rams have settled on smaller running backs to handle the load, and as a result, the Rams must apportion the number of carries among the players to prevent burning out one or more of the running backs in mid-season.
While the Rams had historically had to watch the workload of Henderson, the team’s current stable of running backs that includes Jake Funk and rookie Kyren Williams will need to be managed rather carefully. Fortunately, there is no such need with Brown. He loves to get the football and pound it into the defense. And against the more physical defenses, he becomes all the more valuable, as he can not only withstand the punishment, but he gives plenty of it out too.