What more must Rams rookie RB Cam Akers do to cry out loud?
As LA Rams offense slips, rookie RB Cam Akers proves he deserves more playing time
The Rams of LA the offense is now struggling. Yes, they can run the ball. Yes, they can even pass the ball, but with more volume and less precision than at the start of the season. But the Rams attack spits the score. Not just a game. Spitting since the Buffalo shooting. Since that game, the Rams have averaged 20.8 points per game. That’s a big drop from the Rams’ first three games, where the team racked up nearly 30 points per game.
It’s a shame too. Because the Rams can defend themselves now. The team are 3-2 in the last five games thanks to a stingy defense that protected a slim lead. But let’s take that in stride. When the Los Angeles Rams designed that offense for this season, they made a commitment to eventually go into the rookie comeback stage. Cam Akers. It seems the coaching staff got lost along the way.
Come on, Cam!
The 217 5-foot-10 backer has had 35 runs so far this season. In eight games, that’s just over four races per competition. And with so few touches, he only got 148 yards on the ground. He caught both passes thrown in his direction for 23 extra yards. It’s not on him. It’s about the coaching staff and game plans that seem to ignore the talents of a very dangerous rookie.
The 46-yard run to WAS may have been the “welcome to the NFL moment” for the rookie before, but I’d like to think that it’s the piece that really kicks off Cam Akers’ career in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/wxtcncl7ez
– JB Long (@JB_Long) November 2, 2020
Akers saw action in just 64 offensive shots. That’s just below the amount of work he would see in a game. And with 35 runs, he’s running the ball just over half of his time on the court. All the while he disappears in games, or for entire games. No rookie improves on the bench.
The rams abandon the first successes
The problem with the Los Angeles Rams attack now is complete predictability. Here is how it works. As soon as the Rams fall behind, they fall into a pattern where they almost give up the running game, switching to short passes for Cooper Kupp, Robert Wood and Josh Reynolds. The problem with this strategy is that the very games that put the Rams behind are the very games that the Rams switch to in an attempt to get back into the game.
Rather than passing to Gerald Everett or throwing the ball with Cam Akers or Darrell Henderson, the Rams threw 24 passes to Woods, Kupp and Reynolds in the loss of the San Francisco 49ers, to finish nine for 85 yards and a touch. Against the Miami Dolphins, the Rams threw 38 passes to the line, finishing 22 for 239 yards and a touchdown. Rams have fallen back on familiar bad habits once again.
How can Cam heal this?
We know the Los Angeles Rams can run the ball this year. Yet when the Rams miss on the transient offense, they go straight back to the transient offense. And the defenses began to anticipate these tendencies from Aries. This is how tusks can sell on zero cover blitzes without fear of getting burned. Not only can infractions go through middle lanes to overcome this pattern, but they can also run quick runs between tackles to do the same.
Getting running back Cam Akers on the attack helps preserve the health of other runners, helps preserve wear and tear on quarterback Jared Goff, and gives the offensive line the opportunity to execute a block, which is equivalent to returning to an offensive. lineman. And Akers can run the ball well, even against the best defenses. He just needs a few touches, something the Aries don’t seem to want to give him. When they trust him to carry the ball, they will reject defenses. And with a determined young running back, these Rams are finally going to start putting points on the boards again.
It’s the Rams attack that is failing the team right now. It can’t be fixed as easily as you might think. But a crucial step is to give young players a chance to succeed.