Cam Akers is a “big part” of the Rams’ offense despite seeking a trade

Cam Akers is a “big part” of the Rams’ offense despite seeking a trade

LOS ANGELES — Although Los Angeles Rams tried to trade Cam Akers Before the Nov. 1 trade deadline, coach Sean McVay said it would be “silly” not to have the running back “a big part” of the offense going forward.

Akers spent nearly a month out of the team midway through the season while the Rams were considering finding Akers “a fresh start with another team.” In the end, the Rams didn’t trade the running back, and he joined the team after the trade deadline.

Akers had three rushing touchdowns Sunday Denver Broncos, scoring an NFL-leading six touchdowns in December. Akers had just three touchdowns in the first 23 games of his career.

“As far as continuing to push what he’s done, I think it would be foolish to think of him as a great job that he’s done, rather than a big part of what you want to do going forward,” McVay said. “But you just take a day off. But that’s definitely … something we’ve worked on and it’s a completely different trajectory in terms of what he’s done and the way he’s handled himself and himself. acting like we know he’s capable of.

“And I look forward to continuing to build on the Rams these last two weeks and next year.”

Along with three rushing touchdowns Sunday, Akers rushed for 118 yards on 23 carries and had two catches for 29 yards. He is the first Rams to pass for 100 yards and multiple touchdowns since Todd Gurley did it in Week 13 of the 2018 season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. It was also the second 100-yard game of his career.

Akers, who was the Rams’ second-round pick in 2020, will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2023. Akers said last week that he wants to be in Los Angeles next season.

The ram has turned to the right Rob Havenstein he said he’s seen Akers’ mindset to “go out and really get better every day” since returning to the team.

“It’s something you’ve seen in practice, so guys aren’t surprised by the way Cam goes out there and does his stuff,” Havenstein said Monday. “It speaks to the mental toughness and competitiveness that Cam has.”

McVay said Monday that Akers didn’t have to show the team anything after he returned, but simply “had to keep going.” [his] he will have business and good things because of his ability and talent. And that’s what we’re seeing.”

McVay was critical of Akers earlier in the season, saying he wanted to see an “increased level of urgency and accountability” from the running back. Akers had just three carries for zero yards in the season opener, something he later said he didn’t expect.

“I think he’s gone about his business the right way,” McVay said Monday. “He really attacks every day. Like I mentioned yesterday, I think he deserves a lot of credit … And it’s been great to see Cam play the way we know him.

“… I think it says a lot about him that he’s been able to kind of go through what he’s been through this year individually, and to be where he is and continue to play the way he’s played. real credit to him.”

In 13 games this season, Akers has 559 yards and seven touchdowns on 148 carries.

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