It’s been sort of a lackluster career for running back Cam Akers since he was selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2020 NFL Draft. But it sounds like head coach Sean McVay has high expectations from him next season.
While Cam Akers has dealt with injuries throughout his career and hasn’t been particularly dominant when he’s healthy, he had a strong close to the 2022 season, rushing for 512 yards rushing with six rushing touchdowns over the last six games, adding 11 catches for 99 yards during that time.
Sean McVay expects him to return to that form next season.
“I think for him, anytime that you’re able to have a level of success, and I think being able to go through what he did shows a lot about the human being,” McVay said in his pre-draft press conference according to Pro Football Talk. “He was able to have over 500 in the last [six] games and really be able to be a bright spot for us, and let’s continue to build on that. Excited about [new RBs coach] Ron Gould and what he’ll be able to do with that room, but I know Cam’s had a great look in his eye. [I] expect him to continue to build on the way that he finished.
“Confidence is a powerful thing that can compound in the right ways, and he certainly has taken the steps to be able to do that and that’s a big deal. I’m really looking forward to watching him shine from start to finish this year.”
After such a strong end to the 2022 season, it will certainly be interesting to see how he performs in 2023.