One of the more surprising things to come out of Week 1 of the regular season was the lack of playing time from Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers.
This message appears to have gotten through clearly to Akers (seen above in camp in July). He responded by telling the media that he is going to try and do anything that McVay wants in order to grow as a player.
“If Coach don’t think I’m being urgent, then I need to be more urgent,” Akers told ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “That’s what it comes down to.”
“Whatever Coach says, I’m going to take it and I’m going to learn from it. Whatever you want to say. I’m going to take it and learn from it and go from there. Whether I think it’s right or not, maybe I’m not always right.”
This certainly seems like the exact right thing to say for the third-year running back as he tries to get back in the good graces of the Rams’ coaching staff.
Akers is also coming off a devastating torn Achilles before the 2021 season, which caused him to miss the entire regular season last year.
Even if he feels fully healthy, this type of serious injury is one that takes quite some time before a player is fully up to speed, so it is entirely possible that the Rams are being cautious with him for that reason to start the year.
[ESPN; photo from Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports]