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  • Cam Akers tears Achilles, out for year

    This is awful news...was looking forward to him being workhorse this year

  • #2
    That SUCKS!


    • #3
      Absolutely horrible news. Akers is an emerging NFL star with amazing abilities, and a critical piece of the Rams offense. He can't be replaced, but I'm hoping someone picks up the slack as effectively as possible. Regardless, the Rams offense has taken a major hit. Not the start we needed to 2021.


      • #4
        Henderson will pick up the load, one hopes

        Keeping the Rams Nation Talking


        • #5
          Henderson is great, he just gets dinged all the just disappointed, i wanted to see a whole season of Akers as the go to guy... dare i say they bring Gurley back? Leveon Bell? Peterson?


          • #6
            It's time for the Funkster to show what he's got. Hendy is good, but doesn't appear durable enough to be an every down back. Real bummer about Cam. I was so looking forward to him meshing with our revamped O-line.


            • #7
              I dont want gurley back. bad attitude and he is a fraction of his former self. Peterson, leveon bell,, other roster cuts, dont underestimate snead with trades. I like henderson, but as others have said, not durable. I miss malcolm brown already. I hate training camp and preseason. i have been saying for 50 years that you cant win anything at this time of year but you can lose plenty.

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel


              • #8
                Originally posted by RamDez View Post
                Henderson will pick up the load, one hopes
                I like Henderson, but he has not shown he can be a difference maker. He's going to get a chance, but IMO, he's no Cam Akers,


                • #9
                  Aaaargh! Now why would he do something like that! This was Akers' time to shine.

                  RB Emergency Plan is now under review. Stay tuned.

                  It's time for the Funkster to show what he's got. Hendy is good, but doesn't appear durable enough to be an every down back.

                  -- MauiRam


                  2 reasons the Rams shouldn’t worry
                  after losing Cam Akers for the season

                  LA’s road to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium just encountered a detour, but things should be okay

                  SB NATION
                  By Christopher

                  With the devastating news of Cam Akers’ season ending Achilles tear, are the Los Angeles Rams’ “Super Bowl or bust” expectations still realistic? At this current moment, it is a bit harder to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” than it would have been this time Monday.

                  However, there are still many reasons to be hopeful for a deep playoff push this season.

                  While the run game may take a slight dip this fall, the Rams offense is still talented enough to overcome this injury

                  Head Coach Sean McVay most certainly has enough at his disposal to scheme together a top-10 offense this season. LA will still be a run first team, but there will have to be more reliability on the passing game.

                  The deal to acquire former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford now looms even larger than before. While I appreciate Jared Goff’s contributions, I am much more confident in the outlook of the Rams season with Stafford leading the way and that should lessen LA’s need for a top-flight running back like what they had hoped for even a couple days ago.

                  The Rams may have lost Akers in July, but thank goodness they traded for Stafford in January.

                  Los Angeles’ new QB1 is used to playing with much less from a running back perspective than Darrell Henderson, who we would now assume to carry the bulk of carries at running back this year. I am willing to bet that Stafford will still get enough out of the backfield to provide him with the best running game he has had in his career. Don’t believe me?

                  The Lions only ever produced one 1,000-yard back during Stafford’s 12 seasons with the team: Reggie Bush had 1,006 yards in 2013. Surely, Henderson can at least compete with those numbers.

                  Last edited by RealRam; -07-20-2021, 11:57 AM.


                  • #10
                    Rams RB depth chart: Who moves up
                    with Cam Akers going down?

                    Akers suffered a torn Achilles on Monday

                    SB NATION
                    By Kenneth Arthur
                    July 20, 2021 p.m.

                    The LA Rams received devastating news this week: running back Cam Akers will be out for the entire season with a ruptured Achilles tendon that was suffered on Monday and reported on Tuesday morning. The injury means a long road to recovery for Akers and a short trip to the next guy on the depth chart for the Rams. Akers may not start a game for Los Angeles for a long time yet, but somebody is going to have to do it in Week 1.

                    After they’ve been through a string of running back injuries in the last few years, the Rams will also have to keep a close eye on those who just became the main backups to the new starter as well.

                    It may not be long before any of these guys are forced to start a game at running back for the LA Rams. Not satisfied with this list? We also identified 16 backup running backs in the AFC who might be available on the market if Les Snead decides to pick up the phone.

                    Darrell Henderson
                    Age: 24

                    Career: 177 carries, 771 yards, 4.4 YPC, 5 TD, 20 rec, 196 yards, 1 TD, 0 fumbles

                    Henderson is now the only running back on the roster who has any real NFL experience under his belt. A third round pick in 2019, the team hoped he could be an heir to Todd Gurley following his own set of injuries, but that never came to fruition. Henderson had an injury setback before Week 1 of last year, leading to Akers and Malcolm Brown getting a heavier workload. He then saw more playing time and rushed for 195 yards in Weeks 2 and 3 combined but he then fell out of favor and only had a couple more games where he contributed much.

                    Henderson finished the 2020 season on injured reserve. He now becomes the de facto number one but I think training camp will be an opportunity for another player to step up and start at running back for the Rams. Whether he’s on the roster already or not, there should be competition for Henderson.

                    Xavier Jones
                    Age: 24

                    Jones has more career tackles (3) and kick returns (1) than he does career rushing attempts or offensive snaps (0). He was an undrafted free agent out of SMU in 2020, rushing for 1,276 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Jones did deal with some injuries in college, requiring missed time.

                    Raymond Calais
                    Age: 23

                    Calais rushed for 886 yards on 117 carries during his final college season at Louisiana. He was a seventh round pick of the Buccaneers in 2020, then waived and picked up by LA. He has zero career offensive snaps and is expected to be more of a kickoff return specialist.

                    Jake Funk
                    Age: 23

                    Injuries were a major part of Funk’s identity at Maryland, where he suffered a torn ACL to each of his knees. He barely saw the field for the first four years of his college career, then had 60 attempts for 516 yards (8.6 YPC) as a fifth year senior. He was a seventh round pick of the Rams this year.

                    Otis Anderson
                    Age: 22

                    Finally, Anderson was an undrafted free agent pickup out of UCF this year. His career high was 726 rushing yards on 113 carries during his junior season in 2019. Last year, Anderson had 125 carries for 687 yards.


                    • #11

                      Now all sort of speculations will begin in terms of potential signings for a RB.


                      Is Adrian Peterson on his way to a team in the NFC West?

                      By Adam Patrick
                      July 20, 2021 p.m.

                      Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could be a candidate to replace Cam Akers for the Los Angeles Rams.

                      At 36-years-old and currently with no team to play for, the chances of former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suiting up in the NFL again are probably as low as they’ve ever been.

                      After spending last season with the Detroit Lions, Peterson has yet to sign a deal anywhere for the upcoming season. He’s continuing to train like he’s going to play this year, but he’s still waiting to get a call from a team looking for his help.

                      Filling in for an injured player might be one of the best ways for Peterson to continue his career in the league in 2021. On Tuesday, the LA Rams suffered a blow in their offensive backfield, and the former Vikings running back could be someone they consider

                      Could former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson sign with the Los Angeles Rams?

                      On Tuesday, NFL Media’s Tom Peliserro delivered some unfortunate news when he revealed that Rams starting running back, Cam Akers, suffered a torn Achilles during a training session, and he will miss the entire 2021 season.

                      Darrell Henderson will probably take over the majority of Akers’ snaps this year. But behind Henderson on Los Angeles’ running back depth chart is a group of guys that are lacking NFL experience.

                      So if the Rams end up looking to add a veteran to their offensive backfield to work with Henderson, Peterson could potentially be someone they consider.

                      With Los Angeles, the role of the former Minnesota running back would likely be similar to what it was with the Lions last season. With Detroit in 2020, Peterson was on the field for 30 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and he averaged 10.5 touches per game.

                      10.5 touches per matchup might even be a little too high in a role with the Rams. But if Peterson is just looking for a place to play next season, then it might not matter to him how much Los Angeles chooses to utilize him each week.

                      A report has already come out from ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying the Rams aren’t rushing to sign another running back anytime soon. But it wouldn’t be surprising if they gave Peterson or another veteran back a call before the start of the 2021 season.


                      • #12
                        I certainly share everyone’s disappointment. Akers gave us a multi-talented RB that will be hard to replace. I do worry that this could be an omen. Having said that it could cut the other way. Teams that have to face adversity can be inspired. Specifically I am referring to back-up players. Anyone remember Kurt Warner?

                        Having this occur before TC gives us the benefit of time to see what we have in-house before chasing a FA. Heard that Duke Johnson could be a good option. We still have a good season to look forward to.


                        • #13
                          Ugh. Terrible news. So we have Henderson and a bunch of nobodies. Not good.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MDE8352gorams View Post

                            ...Teams that have to face adversity can be inspired. Specifically I am referring to back-up players. Anyone remember Kurt Warner?

                            Having this occur before TC gives us the benefit of time to see what we have in-house before chasing a FA. Heard that Duke Johnson could be a good option. We still have a good season to look forward to.

                            Duke is a good receiver RB. Not sure of his overall value given Aker's absence.

                            Regular season stats, 2015-20:

                            GP -- GS - Att. - Yd - Avg - Lng - TD - Rcv - Yd - Avg - Lng - TD - Fum Lst
                            16 7 04 379 3.6 39 0 61 534 8.8 52 2 1 0
                            16 1 73 358 4.9 22 1 53 514 9.7 32 0 2 1
                            16 0 82 348 4.2 19T 4 74 693 9.4 41T 3 4 2
                            16 2 40 201 5.0 23 0 47 429 9.1 32 3 1 0
                            16 2 83 410 4.9 40 2 44 410 9.3 21 3 1 1
                            11 5 77 235 3.1 23 1 28 249 8.9 48 1 3 2


                            • #15

                              Cam akers
                              I just want to thank any and every person sending prayers my way and wishing me well. I hate this happened but I’m in great spirits and I understand God makes no mistakes. I’ll be back better than ever in no time I’m a soldier. Again, thank you.

                              Great player, great person. I feel awful for him, but love his attitude.


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