After rushing for 625 yards as a rookie — with two-thirds of that coming from week 11 on — the momentum for Akers is sky-high heading into his sophomore season.
Here’s what Schein had to say about the 2020 second-round-pick:
“I am very high on the Rams this year, believing they will represent the NFC in the L.A. Super Bowl. Akers is a huge part of that. He became the guy at running back down the stretch last season, and it changed the Rams’ offense. While Jared Goff was morphing into a double agent at quarterback — giving the ball to the other team at an alarming rate — Akers was emerging as a star.”
“I spoke with Sean McVay on SiriusXM Radio a few weeks ago, and the Rams coach raved about his running back’s versatility. He’s clearly excited about what Akers can offer in Year 2. I think the former second-round pick can become a legit top-10 running back this year for a championship-caliber team. I loved Jonathan Taylor and D’Andre Swift at running back in the 2020 draft. I’m still on board, especially with Taylor. But don’t sleep on Akers.”
Despite the team still employing Darrell Henderson, it’s hard to imagine them not leaning heavily on Akers after he finally got the chance to run away with the starting job. Having Henderson as a rotational guy is still a phenomenal strategy as we all know how talented he still is. He’ll see the field, but I think at this point it would be a travesty if Akers doesn’t get the lion’s share of the backfield touches going forward.
And now for today’s links.
Check out the latest comments from the podium (TheRams.com)
Breaking down the Minnesota Vikings (TheRams.com)
Cooper Kupp is hosting his first football camp in Calabasas (The Rams Wire)
Three reasons why Cooper Kupp will lead the team in receiving yards (Ramblin’ Fan)
Five reasons NFL trades are trending up (ESPN)
Julio Jones will wear the number two with the Titans (ESPN)
Nine bandwagons to hop on in 2021 (NFL.com)
Sean Payton plans on building the offense around whichever quarterback wins the starting job (NFL.com)
Giants are taking Saquon Barkley’s recovery slowly (Pro Football Talk)
Ryan Tannehill re-worked his deal with the Titans (Bleacher Report)