Why resurging Rams RB Cam Akers final game is so vital
By Bret Stuter
Reason II: The Rams running back situation needs stability
The LA Rams running back situation has been anything but ideal this season. The Rams have trialed a significant number of rushers this year, five running backs to be exact. Throw in the wide receivers and scrambling quarterbacks, and the number of different players balloons to 13 players.
At any given point in time, the Rams considered featuring RB Darrell Henderson (who has since been released), rookie RB Kyren Williams (a player who has only carried the football more than 10 times just once all season), and RB Cam Akers. But even Cam Akers’s future with the LA Rams was in serious peril, when a dispute arose over Akers and Rams head coach Sean McVay developed, leading to the team seeking a trade to get Akers onto another team roster.
No partner? No trade
No NFL trade partner stepped forth, but the situation led to Akers sitting on the bench for two games as a healthy scratch.
That had created a rather unstable situation for the LA Rams at the running back position. One running back was outright released, another was threatened with (actually, the team attempted to) trade to another team, and the Rams were nearly entirely dependent upon a twice-injured rookie RB to handle the running duties of the team.
Perhaps just as important is the ability of the team to validate the oft-berated offensive line this season. After all, that was the rationalization for why the team abandoned the running game all season. It was not until the LA Rams finally decided to commit to the running game that fans saw that was not a valid reason whatsoever.