Rams rookie RB Blake Corum didn't get the memo that he is a backup RB

Though a rookie, LA Rams RB Blake Corum is competing as though he is in the running for a starting role.
Los Angeles Rams Minicamp, Blake Corum
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Corum's message is loud and clear: 'I'm a 3-down back'

Some have argued that the introduction of Blake Corum to the Rams offense does add a lot to the team's ground game this season. Their view is that when it comes time for third-down and long-yardage scenarios, Corum may be replaced with a running back who is solid in pass protection and who can be counted on to move the chains with critical receptions. And so far, Blake Corum is having none of it.

The thing is with every college football player, there is a huge distinction to be made between didn't do something and can't do something. In the case of Corum, catching passes is simply not something that he was asked to do for the Michigan Wolverines.

While the Rams are unlikely to give Corum a reason share of offensive snaps until he proves to the entire coaching staff that he is prepared and capable of filling every role of the running back position, it's clear that Corum is a self-started who will not need a coach to scream into his ear to motivate him. Rather, he is the type of player who approaches OTAs and training camp like a library, and he is already checking out every book in the place to train himself for his role.

I do not expect that Corum will win the starting job from veteran Kyren Williams, but you never know. Clearly, Corum is not content to warm the pine on this football team, nor do I want him to be satisfied with that role. True competitors love to compete, and it's glaringly obvious that Blake Corum is a true competitor.

Can the offense run with the football often enough to satisfy both Kyren Williams and Blake Corum's appetite for carries? Yes. But will this offense run the football? That's the million dollar question. The team has certainly invested in those areas that make running the football a more viable option. Now, we must simply join rookie RB Blake Corum in waiting to see how this offense pans out this season.

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