Cam Akers’ first year in the NFL came to a close following their 32-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers this past Saturday. The regular season started rough for the 2020 second-round pick, but he caught fire in the final weeks and blew up all the same in the Rams’ two postseason games.
When the regular season ended, he had taken 145 carries for 625 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also chipped in 124 yards through the air on 11 receptions and another score. Against both the Seahawks and Packers in the playoffs, Akers rushed for another 221 yards and two touchdowns with another 51 receiving yards.
By the end of the year, no other back aside from Akers was receiving any notable snaps. In their final six games, he never received less than 15 carries and garnered 20+ in four of those outings.
Akers displayed a knack for avoiding contact at the line of scrimmage and the ability to turn nothing into something over and over again. At the NFL level, this is what separates the good from the great. He’s set himself up to be the lead back for the Rams heading into 2021, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Now, I want to hear all of your thoughts on Akers’ first season in the NFL. What grade would you give it? If you want, you can explain further in the comments.
How would you grade Cam Akers’ rookie season?
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Now for today’s links.
Donald, Ramsey named to PFWA’s All-NFL team (TheRams.com)
Rams 2020 season in review (ESPN)
Sean McVay shared what bothers him the most from the loss to the Packers (The Rams Wire)
Cam Akers reflects on his rookie season (TheRams.com)
Bill Barnwell highlights the flaws of the four teams who lost over the weekend (ESPN)
Ohio State QB Justin Fields declared for the 2021 draft (ESPN)
Chris Trapasso’s latest 2021 mock (CBS Sports)
Deshaun Watson tells fans to not go through with Pro-Watson march (Bleacher Report)
Patrick Mahomes is still in the concussion protocol (NFL.com)
The Bucs have designated DT Vita Vea to return from IR (Pro Football Talk)