Well, it seems like No. 3 can be to be had for Odell Beckham, Jr., if he re-signs with the Rams.
The crew’s choice to rule running back Cam Akers out for “personal reasons” this weekend, coupled with feedback made by means of trainer Sean McVay relating to the scenario, creates the transparent influence that Akers’s time with the crew is coming to an finish.
“We’re working through some different things right now,” McVay advised journalists relating to the third-year tailback. “Like I said, just want to kind of want to be able to . . . hopefully you guys understand and respect that we want to just be able to keep things internal right now.”
They wish to stay issues interior, as a result of they apparently are figuring out what to do about Akers. Ideally, they’d love to industry him. If it’s evident they’re transferring on, it turns into more difficult to get most worth.
“It’s one of those deals where, like I said, kind of want to be able to just keep things internally, but as it relates to just the football stuff, it is certainly not all on our running backs,” McVay stated when requested about a want for urgency has ended in Akers being dominated out for Sunday’s sport towards the Panthers. “We’ve got to be better, starting with myself being able to execute the fundamentals of the techniques, being able to get a hat on a hat, being able to press the line of scrimmage. The run game truly does take all 11, but there’s a lot of layers to it and that’s kind of where we’re at with it.”
It’s transparent there’s a topic, as a result of McVay defined that he hasn’t had many problems like this all through his time with the Rams.
“What I’ve been very fortunate with, going into the sixth year, I think you realize how blessed and fortunate you’ve been where those things have been at a minimum,” McVay stated. “But that is what you sign up for. You’ve got to be able to deal with it the best way that you know how, leaning on the resources, asking the right questions, being willing to listen then learn and then you can lead and make decisions the right way. Never are they always easy, but I’m always going to try to do what I think is best. There’s a lot of instances where you’re saying, ‘I haven’t really been here, who can I lean on to help provide some perspective and some context?’ That’s what you try to do in any of these types of situations. But I do know that dealing with things clear, open, and honest, and in the best way that you think, based on those values foundationally that kind of guide our everyday approach and behavior have helped. Is it perfect? I will never claim to be that, but I always do try to learn from the mistakes and make sure that you use both the good and the bad to make sure that you’re doing what’s best for everybody that you’re responsible for as it relates to the decision making and some of those different things.”
So will the Rams be in the marketplace for any other running back?
“I don’t know,” McVay stated. “I wouldn’t say no ever. We’ll always explore options if we feel like there’s chances to upgrade, that’s probably not something that’s at the forefront. What I am excited about seeing is let’s see if we can go find a way to play some good football against what we know is going to be an incredibly tough opponent, see if we can get to 3-3, and then be able to take a step back and do a lot of things that give us a chance to really exhale, but also address who we’re getting back, what does that look like as it relates to trying to have the best plan for the remainder of the season that we’re guaranteed. Those are things that you want to just take it a step at a time, and that’s where my mindset is right now.”
McVay was once pressed a bit on the “personal reasons” that experience Akers now not to be had.
“I would say it’s more like we’re dealing with things internally,” McVay stated. “I don’t know exactly . . . this is kind of unchartered territory and I think the biggest thing is, out of respect for the situation, we want to keep it internally. You guys will have more information later on, but as it relates to everything right now, that’s how we’re articulating it. He’s going to be OK.”
He’s going to be OK. But it seems that he’s now not going to be a Ram.
Akers, 23, was once a second-round choose from Florida State in 2020. A robust end to his rookie season, together with 171 yards in a Thursday night time thrashing of the Patriots, created expectancies that he’d have a breakout 12 months in 2021. A ruptured Achilles tendon suffered sooner than coaching camp saved that from going down. He returned for the tail finish of the common season and the postseason.
This 12 months, Akers has didn’t are living as much as expectancies. He had 61 dashing yards in a Week Three win over the Cardinals. He has 90 overall dashing yards in the crew’s 4 different video games, blended.
Akers has a base wage of $1.17 million this 12 months, and $1.45 million in 2023. It’s unclear whether or not a crew can be keen to industry for his contract, given the total questions on his efficiency this season.
Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown are the best different running backs on the lively roster. Ronnie Rivers is on the crew’s observe squad.