5 LA Rams benefiting most from Sony Michel's sudden retirement

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III: RB Kyren Williams

The LA Rams depth chart, while not set into stone, is almost certainly set to feature veteran RB Cam Akers once more. And with the seemingly new bias to bigger running backs, you had to wonder where a smaller change-of-pace running back like Kyren Williams fits into the Rams rushing rotation.

While we cited veteran running backs who could contribute to the Rams roster, let's not be so enamored with potential Rams free-agency signings that we lost sight of the fact that the team has some quality talent on the roster right now. Without veteran RB Sony Michel on the Rams roster any longer, you have to believe that second-year running back Kyren Williams has the inside track to be the runner-up in terms of the number of carries.

RB moves to runner up rusher

And if featured running back Cam Akers struggles, he could be promoted to the Rams featured running back.

Kyren Williams was the talk of the Rams coaching staff in 2022. But the 5-foot-9 195-pound rusher was injured twice last season, derailing his development and ultimately limiting him to just 35 carries and 139 yards. He did prove to be effective as a receiver, catching nine of 12 passes thrown his way for 76 yards.

With a healthy training camp and a good health outlook, he is almost certainly destined to fill the role of former Rams running back Darrell Henderson. That means 160-180 carries for approximately 650-800 yards rushing this season. Of course, those projections presume that he is on the Rams 53-man roster, that he is healthy for all 17 games, and that he does not fall on the Rams depth chart due to a break-though season by a teammate.