Cam Akers | Rams RB

Date of Birth:  06/22/1999
Age:  22
Height  5'10"
Weight:   217
College:  Florida State
Drafted:  2020 | Round 2 | Pick 52
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Cam Akers | Rams RB

Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

There are injuries almost every summer to key players, but this is a brutal blow with training camp not even beginning (the injury occurred while training on his own)—as Akers had the makings of a potential superstar in Sean McVay's offense. Now, the Rams will turn to Darrell Henderson as their lead back, and we'll see them almost certainly sign someone else (perhaps Todd Gurley?) in the near future. Right now, Henderson gets a huge boost into the RB2 ranks considering his big-play potential in a high-powered offense, and this news could make Los Angeles slant more towards the pass in a Matthew Stafford-led attack. For Akers, a torn Achilles is one of the worst injuries an athlete can have, but he has age on his side having just turned 22 last month.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Rams head coach Sean McVay talks up Cam Akers.

While speaking to reporters, McVay says he thinks Akers is "an every-down back" and "a very special player". This isn't a surprise after Akers dominated the Rams backfield down the stretch, and anyone that watched the then-rookie toward the end of the regular season and into the playoffs while coming off an ankle injury knows Los Angeles is extremely high on the second-round pick. Akers should go very high in fantasy drafts this summer.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Cam Akers (ankle) is active for Week 17.

Akers has a high-ankle sprain, but he’s toughing it out and giving it a go in a key game against the Cardinals to end the regular season. The rookie running back missed just one game with the high-ankle injury.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Cam Akers is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

Head coach Sean McVay says that the rookie will miss the next game, and we would guess the extent of the injury could end his regular season. If so, Akers’ first campaign will end with 124 carries, 591 yards, and two touchdowns (plus 7/71/1 as a receiver). He didn’t get going until being featured late, but Akers looks like a future RB1 for fantasy purposes. The Rams will hope to have their second-round pick back in January.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Can Akers (ribs) will not play in Week 3.

The rookie was injured last week in the win over the Eagles, and it’s going to cost him at least one more game. Los Angeles will likely lean mostly on second-year back Darrell Henderson in a big game versus Buffalo; he’s a top 30 play at running back.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Cam Akers is dealing with separated rib cartilage.

It doesn't sound fun, but Rams head coach Sean McVay says Akers "should be OK." Akers is considered day-to-day for now, so he might have a shot to play in Week 3. The good news is this shouldn't be a lengthy absence for the rookie running back if he does miss more time after leaving yesterday's win over the Eagles.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Cam Akers (ribs) has been ruled out for the rest of today.

Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson will now carry the load for the rest of the game against the Eagles. Hopefully this isn't a lengthy absence for Akers, but more information might become available in the next day or so.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Cam Akers (ribs) is officially questionable to return for the Rams.

Akers was driven down hard on a carry deep in the red zone, and he was in discomfort in the chest/rib area while walking off the field. Akers started the game for the Rams and was receiving a nice workload before he left. We'll update you as more information becomes available on his status.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

Rams set for hot-hand approach at running back.

On The Helliepod, Rams head coach Sean McVay said he looked at the way the 49ers used their running backs last season as a way the Rams could use theirs in 2020: "What I thought Kyle (Shanahan) and their players did a great job of is, 'Hey, we're doing to have an open-mind approach, we're going to be committed to trying to have some balance and then we'll go wit hotel ot hand or whoever really expresses himself as deserving of the carries." McVay added that the team feels good about Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown, John Kelly, and rookie Cam Akers as all "NFL-legitimate starting-caliber backs." So, Los Angeles sounds like they are a set for a definite committee approach to open this season, but also keep in mind that someone could seize closer to a clear lead role if they perform well. Akers, who the Rams were very high on as a second-round pick, is probably the best best to get a heavy all-around workload in 2020, but the others make for fine late-round fantasy selections with upside.

Cam Akers | Rams RB

The Rams have selected Florida State running back Cam Akers with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Akers—a former No. 1 running back recruit coming out of high school—generated some buzz during the NFL Scouting Combine a couple of months ago, but he hasn’t been talked about much since. He lands in a great spot in Sean McVay's offense in its first year without Todd Gurley in the mix. The former Florida State star rushed 231 times for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns behind an underwhelming offensive line last year, and he can also make plays as a receiver out of the backfield. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Akers outperform some of the rookie runners drafted ahead of him because of an all-around skillset that could get him on the field quickly with the Rams, a team that clearly believes in him after selecting him just outside the top 50. Our full scouting report on Akers can be found in the link below.

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