3 ways Cam Akers will help you forget Rams RB Todd Gurley in 2023
By Bret Stuter
Back in the spotlight
Rookie running back Kyren Williams was drafted to take over for the oft-injured RB Darrell Henderson Jr, a veteran who was outright released this year. Despite all of the obstacles that he had to overcome, the Rams’ front office bet on, not against, Cam Akers to be back this year. And while it required a bit more time than many expected, he is indeed back once more.
Does the Rams roster need work? Does it need reinforcements? Of course, as do all NFL team rosters at this point of the year. But the Rams roster is no longer in critical need of a feature running back. Depth? Yes. Fresh legs? The more the merrier.
Akers can match Todd Gurley’s rookie record
Cam Akers rushed for more than 100 yards per game for three consecutive games to close out 2022. The last time the Rams had a running back accomplish that? It was 2015, the year that St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley ran for 100+ yards in four consecutive games. Cam Akers can match that mark in the first game of the 2023 NFL season if he runs for more than 100+ yards.
Is Akers at the level of Todd Guley just yet? Of course not, no. But Gurley’s knees began to wear down, and the aggregate effect forced the LA Rams to release him.
Cam Akers hit his Achilles Tendon injury before his NFL career had ever truly started. And to many fans, his career is already over. But Cam Akers is back, baby. And after what he has already overcome, I believe that a 1000+ yards rushing season will seem like child’s play.