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Random Ramsdom: Has Cam Akers planted his flag in the backfield?

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The talent and potential has always been apparent with rookie Cam Akers. It wasn’t so much a matter of if, but when. Well, last night was that moment for Akers as he glided and strode through the Patriots all night long.

The 2020 second-round back rushed for a career-high 171 yards on 29 carries. His long of 35 yards came on his very first carry of the game and he also chipped in a pair of catches for 23 yards. HIs 179 rushing yards were also the most by a Rams rookie since Jerome Bettis had 212 in a game back in 1993.

Fellow backfield mate Darrell Henderson only got two carries on the night for five yards and Malcolm Brown didn’t see a single touch against New England.

Does this finally mean that Sean McVay has committed to his rookie as the team’s lead back going forward? I would like to think so, but would anyone be that surprised if there was a full-on committee effort next week against the Jets?

Henderson was a draft crush of McVay’s during the 2019 draft, so can we expect him to just let the second-year player fade into irrelevancy? I wouldn’t be so sure.

At any rate, I want to hear what you all think. Has Akers done enough to run away with the job? Do any of you still want to see Henderson involved? Let us know.

Rams News:

Hear the latest comments from the podium following the team’s win over the Patriots (The Rams.com)

Cam Akers went off for a career-high in rushing yards against the Pats (Bleacher Report)

Aaron Donald leads the NFL in sacks with 12.5 (Pro Football Talk)

The Rams ran the Patriots right off the field (ESPN)

NFL News:

Dez Bryant was placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list but has tested negative (ESPN)

Bill Barnwell highlights six AFC teams vying for a playoff spot (ESPN)

Matt Rhule doesn’t expect CMC to play on Sunday (Pro Football Talk)

Cody Benjamin talks MVP race (CBS Sports)

Travis Kelce joined the 99 Club in Madden 21 (Bleacher Report)

Jim Irsay believes the door is closed on a potential Andrew Luck return (NFL.com)