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Is Rushing Cam Akers Back For Playoffs A Good Idea?

  • The Draft Network
  • October 26, 2021
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The Los Angeles Rams are one of the truly elite teams in all of football. Winners of six of their first seven contests, Sean McVay’s men are firing on all cylinders and have the appearance of legitimate title contenders. With this year’s iteration of the biggest event in all of professional sports to be played locally at SoFi Stadium, the Rams will be plenty motivated to reach yet another Super Bowl.

McVay is presumably already planning ahead. The Rams suffered an unfortunate summer blow when starting running back Cam Akers suffered what appeared to be a season-ending Achilles injury. Speaking with members of the media earlier this week, McVay shockingly revealed that he hopes to get Akers back if (once) the Rams qualify for the postseason.

It’s of the utmost importance that McVay approaches this situation with unwavering caution. The yearning to utilize Akers’ skill set in January is an understandable one. The former second-round pick was set to serve as the Rams’ workhorse in 2021 following an impressive rookie campaign that saw Akers accumulate 748 total yards of offense and three touchdowns in just 13 games played. The temptation to welcome Akers back will be mounting, but McVay and Co. must make the wise decision when dealing with the health of their young playmaker. Achilles injuries can be career-threatening, and preserving Akers for 2022 and beyond should serve as the ultimate goal.

Los Angeles turned to Darrell Henderson in Akers’ absence and should be thrilled with the results thus far. Henderson has totaled 417 rushing yards and four touchdowns in six games. General manager Les Snead acquired Sony Michel as insurance in the wake of Akers’ injury, and the former New England Patriot has rushed for 209 yards while contributing nicely in a reserve role. Henerson and Michel have combined to form a formidable one-two punch, one that is capable of supplementing the Rams' pass-heavy approach.

All in all, the Rams' offense has been in fine form this season. Led by starting quarterback Matthew Stafford and the breakout of Cooper Kupp, McVay's watchful unit ranks in the top 10 in several offensive categories, including yards per contest (397.1) and points per game (29.6). Whether or not Akers is astoundingly healthy enough to make a shocking return in the postseason, the Rams' offense will continue to run through Stafford, Kupp, and the passing game.

The Rams' lofty postseason goals are more than achievable with the current supporting cast they have in place. It's ultimately imperative that Akers remains healthy to prosper throughout the long and fruitful career he has ahead of him.

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