Sean McVay claims Cam Akers will run for Rams subsequent season

In late October, throughout Cam Akers’ exile from the Rams, the group tried to commerce the then-embattled operating again however discovered no takers.

Akers returned to the group after a two-plus weeks absence and has, of late, produced as he did earlier than he suffered an Achilles damage that sidelined him for practically the whole 2021 season.

Will the Rams try to buy the third-year professional after the season?

“Oh, no,” coach Sean McVay stated Monday throughout a videoconference with reporters. “I think right now, with what he’s done continuing to build on that momentum, I think it’d be silly based on what a great job he’s done to think of it anything differently than him being a big part of what you want to be able to do moving forward. But you just take it a day at a time.

“But that certainly, I think, is something that we’ve worked through. There’s totally a different trajectory in terms of what he’s done. And the way that he’s handled himself and the way that he’s playing the way like we know he’s capable of and hopefully you just continue to see him build on it these last couple weeks and into next year with the Rams.”

On Sunday, Akers rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns within the Rams’ 51-14 victory over the Denver Broncos.

It was his greatest efficiency for the reason that 2020 season playoffs, when the then-rookie rushed for 131 yards and a landing in an NFC wild-card victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Akers adopted that by speeding for 90 yards and a landing in a divisional-round defeat by the Inexperienced Bay Packers, ostensibly placing him on observe for extra expanded position in 2021.

However Akers suffered the Achilles damage understanding on his personal earlier than coaching camp. He made a exceptional comeback to play within the regular-season finale towards the San Francisco 49ers and performed all through the playoffs and within the Rams’ Tremendous Bowl LVI victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

However Akers by no means appeared near his earlier type.

His struggles continued early this season when McVay known as him out for not taking part in with sufficient urgency.

Rams head coach Sean McVay flashes a smile to Riley Dixon, who didn’t must punt towards Denver. He did maintain for a lot of kicks, nevertheless.

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Akers maintained earlier than and after his time away from the group that the important thing to establishing the operating recreation was sticking with it and placing the ball in his palms.

He felt vindicated after Sunday’s victory.

“Proof in the pudding,” he stated.

McVay stated Monday that Akers has “gone about his business the right way” since returning to the group.

“It says a lot about him to be able to kind of go through the kind of things he’s gone through individually this year and to be where he’s at and continuing to play the way he’s played,” he stated.

Akers clearly has benefited from a late-season change in coaches.

Earlier than the season, McVay moved Thomas Brown from operating backs coach to tight ends coach to increase Brown’s resume for future coordinator and head-coach alternatives. McVay employed 27-year-old Ra’Shaad Samples in Brown’s place.

Earlier this month, Samples departed for a job with Arizona State, and Brown resumed teaching operating backs alongside together with his tight finish tasks.

Akers has responded.

He acquired assist Sunday from an offensive line that cleared the way in which for him and gave up no sacks, enabling quarterback Baker Mayfield to finish 24 of 28 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

Offensive deal with Rob Havenstein has been the lone lineman to start out each recreation. After so many struggles this season, the eighth-year professional stated it felt good to have a stable collective efficiency.

“With Cam kind of getting in the flow of things, making plays and making people miss, and we’re holding up our end of the bargain,” Havenstein stated.

Havenstein stated he was not stunned that Akers has rotated his season.

“Cam’s a very talented guy,” Havenstein stated, “and I think the way he’s handled the whole situation, it’s just a testament to kind of who he is.

“He’s wired. He’s a great teammate. He takes coaching, and it’s really kind of shown these last couple weeks. … True testament to who he is and kind of how he’s handled a tough season a tough season for all of us.”

When Akers rejoined the group, he demonstrated “kind of subtle, little slight things” that confirmed up in follow, Havenstein stated.

Throughout video games, operating backs usually sit subsequent to offensive lineman on the bench. Akers apparently makes his presence felt on the sideline as effectively.

“You can kind of hear him,” Havenstein stated. “I don’t know whether he’s talking to himself or anybody around is listening, but he’s definitely a competitive guy.

“So, it’s fun to hear, fun to see those type of things. … That’s definitely a guy you want to be blocking for.”

And so forth.

Offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and Broncos outdoors linebacker Randy Gregory have been suspended for one recreation by the NFL for his or her roles in a postgame altercation. McVay stated the Rams would enchantment Aboushi’s suspension. Havenstein stated he noticed what occurred. “I don’t think Oday was in the wrong there. He got hit first, so it’s kind of an unfortunate thing that happens and he’s kind of getting the raw end of the deal. But we’ll hopefully see this thing made right.”… Defensive lineman Larrell Murchison, who had two sacks earlier than he left Sunday’s recreation due to a neck damage, is anticipated to be able to follow this week and play Sunday towards the Chargers, McVay stated.