Coaching camp is ready to start quickly for the Los Angeles Rams, however a key participant will not be accessible. The crew acquired brutally dangerous information relating to beginning operating again Cam Akers, who was seen by many — — as a possible breakout candidate in 2021. As an alternative, it is now unlikely Akers will see a single snap this coming season, having reportedly suffered a torn Achilles tendon whereas coaching forward of camp, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Community.
Information of the harm lands solely every week forward of the Rams firing up coaching camp, and now thrusts Darrell Henderson into the beginning position going ahead, with assists from Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais and rookies Jake Funk and Otis Anderson — these behind Henderson on the depth chart now having a barely higher likelihood of surviving roster cut-downs in late August. There’s additionally the choice of including a veteran operating again in free company to assist with the lack of Akers, and a reunion with Todd Gurley may make sense on paper, however the two sides suffered a poisonous divorce that would preclude any form of vow renewal.
Nonetheless the Rams select to deal with the state of affairs, they’re going to miss Akers in a giant manner. With out him on the sector, their possibilities of making the playoffs drop precipitously from 64.6 p.c to simply 53.9 p.c — per CBS Sports activities stats analyst Stephen Oh — with their possibilities of successful the uber-competitive NFC West additionally taking a grave hit and dropping practically eight share factors to simply 22.6 p.c (down from 30 p.c with Akers in tow).
Based on William Hill Sportsbook, it isn’t anticipated that the Rams dropping Akers will transfer their traces on any odds they’re providing on futures bets.
Whereas he is solely heading into his second season as professional, Akers ended his rookie yr in spectacular style. After getting the nod because the Rams’ second-round choose within the 2020 NFL Draft, Akers was principally caged till Week 11 (ish), when he rushed for 84 yards and a landing on an awe-inspiring 9.33 yards per try. That may develop into a prelude for 2 weeks later, when he ran rampant over the New England Patriots in Week 14 — to the tune of 171 speeding yards. In doing so, he put the whole league on discover that he had the chops to not solely be the beginning RB for the Rams, however that he might get the soiled yards as a lot as readily as he might hit the house run.
He’d proceed his momentum within the playoffs, speeding for 131 yards in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks on Tremendous Wild Card Weekend and even within the Rams’ loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers the next week, Akers was nonetheless impactful with 90 yards speeding. All indicators pointed to him having a stellar season with Matthew Stafford now below middle, however he’ll now as a substitute should endure surgical procedure to restore his torn Achilles and months of rehabilitation earlier than he can get again to realizing his NFL potential.