Rams RB Cam Akers expects to ‘play at a a lot increased stage’ after lacking most of 2021

Los Angeles Rams operating again Cam Akers missed coaching camp final 12 months after struggling an Achilles tear in mid-July. Whereas he surprisingly returned for Week 18 and the Rams’ Tremendous Bowl run, Akers is prepared for a full camp and season this time round.

“Simply to be out right here with the crew, man, it feels good,” Akers stated, through Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “Simply to have that camaraderie that I missed out on final 12 months, going by the camp.

“I missed it. You understand if you take a 12 months off, virtually a 12 months — it felt like a 12 months, you miss all the things about it, the small [things], the arduous days, the straightforward days, good, dangerous. I am simply pleased to be out right here.”

Earlier than damage struck final season, Akers was in line for a hefty workload in Sean McVay’s offense. When he did return, the operating again lacked a number of the explosion we would seen throughout his rookie marketing campaign. Akers stated he is “100%” able to make up for the time missed final 12 months.

“I count on me to play at a a lot increased stage,” Akers stated. “I simply wish to exit, get myself the most effective probability … to carry out, do what I do greatest and that is make performs. Whether or not that is within the movie room, whether or not that is within the coaching room, I do not know.

“No matter it’s, I am placing my greatest foot ahead.”

Through the early levels of coaching camp, the Rams have rotated Akers and Darrell Henderson with the beginning unit.

“I have a look at it as we have got two beginning backs,” McVay stated over the weekend. “These guys are nice enhances of each other, however I see them as each starting-caliber gamers. We have to get them concerned. They must be on the sphere. I believe it is wholesome for them to have the ability to complement each other.”

Previous to final season, McVay had primarily used one again to hold the load in his offense. His feedback about operating a timeshare could possibly be partly attributable to each backs’ damage historical past, a change in philosophy or mere coaching camp coach communicate. With the Rams not enjoying most of their key gamers in the course of the preseason, we’ll have to attend till the common season kicks off to know precisely how the coach plans to deploy his backfield.

When wholesome, Akers sports activities the flexibility to be a three-down again. After lacking all final season, he is able to tackle something thrown his manner.

“Whether or not it is runs, passes, screens, no matter I must do,” Akers stated. “Each time my quantity’s referred to as, whether or not it is from the slot, the surface receiver to the backfield, I will be prepared, no matter it’s.”

A wholesome Akers would make an already harmful L.A. offense that rather more potent because the Rams defend their Tremendous Bowl title.