RB Kyren Williams
LA Rams fans were in for a shocking surprise on the morning of Week 2 when news broke that the LA Rams starting RB Cam Akers would be a healthy scratch from the lineup. and could potentially be listed on the NFL Trade Block. While the news may have surprised fans, it stunned Akers himself.
This news did open the door for second-year running back Kyren Williams to become the Rams' new featured running back, a move that I had predicted in my Week 1 grade of his performance. Thankfully, he did not disappoint.
Williams is a distinguishable night and day difference in all aspects from his predecessor. There was one play where QB Matthew Stafford threw a low pass to Williams in which he had to drop to his knees to make the catch. But Williams didn't give up on the play and had the awareness that he was untouched and gathered himself back to his feet, gaining another five to six yards on the play.
I do not want to put too much blame on Williams being responsible for Stafford's first interception, but Stafford did throw a perfect ball to Williams, and the football hit him squarely on both of his hands before careening off into the air, falling into the hands of 49ers cornerback Isaiah Oliver for an interception.
If not for that mistake, I would have graded Williams at an A+. By the game's end, he had accumulated 100 scrimmage yards and 2 touchdowns. He rushed 14 times for 52 yards and one touchdown, and caught six of 10 passes thrown his way for 48 yards and one touchdown.
RB Kyren Williams: A