Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (3) is grabbed from behind by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill (72) during the  second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams ready to welcome back RB Cam Akers

Rams head coach Sean McVay is ready to welcome back Cam Akers, if the running back would like to return.

The Rams turned down trade offers for Akers, McVay said, and are in talks with his agent to get him back in the fold.

McVay said Oct. 17 it was time for Akers to find a “fresh start with another team,” and detailed the Rams’ plan to help him find one. When no trade partners offered the bounty the Rams were hoping for before Tuesday’s trade deadline, McVay decided it was time to pull a U-turn.

Akers played in the first five games of the 2022 season and started two. But then he missed multiple days of practice, citing “personal” reasons, and did not suit up for the Rams’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. He hasn’t been with the team since.

The next day, McVay said, “I think the best option for all parties I think would be to explore if there’s a good situation for him with another team. If that doesn’t come to fruition, I would never say that him coming back and figuring out the best way to be able utilize him and him being the best player he’s capable of is off the table. I would never speak in absolutes like that.”

Akers was the Rams’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has played only 19 games (seven starts) for the team in two-plus years after missing most of the 2021 regular season with a torn Achilles.

When he was on the field this season, Akers gained 151 yards on 51 carries and scored one touchdown. For his career, he’s recorded 779 yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score. He added two rushing touchdowns in the 2020 playoffs.

The Rams still have Darrell Henderson as their starting running back with Malcolm Brown also on the depth chart.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (3) is grabbed from behind by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill (72) during the  second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams will look to trade RB Cam Akers

The Los Angeles Rams are exploring trade options to help disgruntled running back Cam Akers find “a fresh new start with another team,” coach Sean McVay said Monday.

Akers missed multiple days of practice, citing “personal” reasons, and did not suit up for the Rams’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“As of right now, I think the best option for all parties I think would be to explore if there’s a good situation for him with another team,” McVay said Monday during a news conference. “If that doesn’t come to fruition, I would never say that him coming back and figuring out the best way to be able utilize him and him being the best player he’s capable of is off the table. I would never speak in absolutes like that.”

Akers was the Rams’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has played only 19 games (seven starts) for the team in two-plus years after missing most of the 2021 regular season with a torn Achilles.

Akers played in the Rams’ first five games this season, starting two. He gained 151 yards on 51 carries and scored one touchdown. For his career, he’s recorded 779 yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score. He added two rushing touchdowns in the 2020 playoffs.

The Rams (3-3) are favoring Darrell Henderson as their starting running back, while Malcolm Brown is also on the depth chart.

The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 1.

–Field Level Media

Feb 11, 2022; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth during press conference at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams notebook: Andrew Whitworth calls on peers to aid in community

If playing left tackle in the Super Bowl at age 40 weren’t impressive enough, Andrew Whitworth just raised the stakes even higher.

The Los Angeles Rams veteran was selected as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year on Thursday night, the top off-field honor an NFL player can receive.

One day later, Whitworth said he figured out he was the winning recipient prior to the announcement. He said multiple NFL personnel members approached him to see if his speech was ready.

Regardless, he was honored to win the prestigious award, which recognizes “outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on it.” Whitworth is dedicated to numerous causes in Southern California and his native Louisiana related to housing insecurity and financial inequities.

“Our game is driven by the fans and the communities that pay attention and watch and buy jerseys and come to games,” Whitworth said Friday. “In the ways I give back to my communities, it shows my respect for the communities. … I believe in paying forward. To me, community service is important.”

Whitworth has spent the past five seasons with the Rams after playing his first 11 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals — Los Angeles’ opponent in Super Bowl LVI.

Rams coach Sean McVay said he is just in awe of Whitworth’s accomplishments.

“I can’t say enough about what he has meant to me personally as a coach and a person,” McVay said. “I’m so grateful for him. He’s been an instrumental part in everything that is right about the Rams the last five years.”

During his acceptance speech on Thursday night, Whitworth called on his peers to step up their level of community service.

“It’s called an investment,” Whitworth said. “You can apply these three things to any charity or cause you have a passion for. You can invest your time, you can invest your finances or you can invest your voice. Doesn’t matter which, we just have to keep investing in each other. Let your heart lead you all the way.”

Whitworth doesn’t yet know if he will play a 17th NFL season. He said he would talk to him family after the Super Bowl.

“I’ve cried wolf so many times, they may not want to listen,” Whitworth said per past retirement conservations. “At some point, it will actually happen.”

–The Rams placed tight end Tyler Higbee (knee) and offensive tackle Joe Noteboom (chest) on injured reserve Friday, ending their seasons.

Higbee was injured against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, and his chances of playing didn’t sound good after McVay said Monday that he wouldn’t practice all week. Noteboom was injured one week earlier in the divisional round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Los Angeles activated running back Darrell Henderson Jr. (knee) and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (pectoral) from IR.

–With Henderson set to play Sunday for the first time since being injured in Week 16, the Rams suddenly have what McVay termed the “full arsenal” in backfield options.

Cam Akers returned from a July Achilles injury during the final week of the regular season and has carried the ball 54 times for 151 yards in the playoffs. Sony Michel led the Rams in the regular season with 845 rushing yards and Henderson had 688.

McVay believes it is a good dilemma and said the Rams would go with the “hot hand.”

McVay has seen Michel stand out on the Super Bowl stage but from the opposite side. As a rookie, Michel carried 18 times for 94 yards and one score when the New England Patriots notched a 13-3 victory over Rams in the Super Bowl after the 2018 season.

Akers is just happy to be a part of this game after a surprisingly fast rehab period.

“I knew the chance was real of going to the Super Bowl,” Akers said of his commitment to return this season. “I knew we had a good chance of going. I knew we had a good chance of making that run, and I wanted to be a part of it. I’m blessed to be able to.”

–Rams safety Eric Weddle is playing in his final NFL game after a return to the club following two seasons of retirement.

Earlier this week, Weddle detailed how he was doing nothing but sitting on the couch last month prior to getting the call from Los Angeles to see if he was fit enough to play.

However, people familiar with Weddle knew his lap wasn’t empty when he was sitting on the couch. After all, this is the same NFL star who has fessed up to eating a gallon of ice cream after victories.

Thus, it’s no surprise what Weddle’s post-Super Bowl routine will be like.

“I’m going to do nothing but ice cream celebrations for a week to make up for these last five weeks,” Weddle said Friday in reference to his time with the Rams. “I will make up for it when it is all said and done. The celebrations will happen.”

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Cam Akers makes another jump in injury return

Rams running back Cam Akers was a full participant in practice and could be ready for an expanded role when Los Angeles wraps the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Akers was designated to return from the injured reserve list on Dec. 23, a transaction that came as a complete shock to some.

Akers was believed to be lost for the season when he tore his Achilles tendon in July, just before training camp opened. The injury left Darrell Henderson as Los Angeles’ main running back, with the Rams then acquiring Sony Michel from the New England Patriots.

Akers began practicing mostly on his own and did limited position work during the 21-day window.

“He sure looks good. He looks like he could carry — play a lot of plays, but I do think you want to be smart with an incremental approach,” Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters. “Is that 10 snaps? Is that 20? Is that 25? I think that’s something that as the week progresses, we’ll have a better feel for, but definitely want to get him involved.”

The Rams clinched a playoff berth and can clinch the NFC West by beating the 49ers, or if the Arizona Cardinals lose to the Seattle Seahawks.

As a rookie out of Florida State last season, Akers showed his versatility with 625 rushing yards on 145 carries with two touchdowns, while he also had 11 receptions for 123 yards and another score.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ odds hold steady despite Cam Akers injury

The Los Angeles Rams remain among the favorites to win Super Bowl LVI despite losing running back Cam Akers to a season-ending Achilles injury.

Oddsmakers at DraftKings, PointsBet, SportsBetting.com and WynnBet told Field Level Media on Tuesday that the Rams’ odds were not impacted by the news that Akers will miss the 2021 season.

Akers rushed for 625 yards and two touchdowns on 145 carries as a rookie after being selected in the second round of the 2020 draft out of Florida State. That included 171 yards on 29 carries in a Week 13 win over New England. He also gained 131 yards on 28 carries with a touchdown in the Rams’ wild card win over Seattle.

Akers appeared primed for a big sophomore season, but SportsBetting.com odds consultant Scott Cooley told Field Level Media that injuries to running backs outside of Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey, Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook and Tennessee’s Derrick Henry are unlikely to move lines.

“Akers may have been poised to ‘break out’ this year, but we have to remember that this guy wasn’t even the Rams’ starter at times early on last season,” Cooley said. “And while some sportsbooks may try to generate a story around this injury by moving the numbers, true oddsmakers won’t flinch at this news.

“When we look at player value rankings and tiers, as far as what each is worth to a point spread, there are only a few who aren’t quarterbacks. For example, years ago Adrian Peterson was the only non-QB with a point value, and he was worth just one point to a line.”

Darrell Henderson is expected to take over the starting job in the Rams’ backfield. However, Los Angeles may look to bring in more veteran depth with the only other running backs on the current roster being unproven Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais and rookies Jake Funk and Otis Anderson.

Peterson, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy are among the veteran running backs who remain unsigned as the start of training camps approach.

The Rams remain the favorites ahead of San Francisco to win the NFC West at DraftKings (+180) and SportsBetting.com (+200), while PointsBet is offering both team at +190 to win the division.

Los Angeles is also among the top Super Bowl contenders at each of the books.

The Rams are tied with the Buffalo Bills for the third-shortest odds at +1200 at PointsBet and SportsBetting.com, while Los Angeles is the fourth betting favorite at DraftKings (+1300).

At WynnBet, the Rams are +180 to win the NFC West, +500 to win the NFC Championship and +1200 to win the Super Bowl. The sportsbook is also offering odds on Los Angeles’ exact win total.

No. of Wins (Odds)
10 (+400)
11 (+450)
9 (+500)
12 (+550)
8 (+700)
13 (+800)
7 (+1000)
14 (+1500)
6 (+2000)
15 (+4000)
5 (+5000)
16-17 (+5000)
4 (+10,000)
3 (+15,000)
0-2 (+20,000)

Super Bowl LVI will be held Feb. 6, 2022 at the Rams’ new SoFi Stadium.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) participates in drills during mini camp held at the practice facility at Cal State Lutheran. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Cam Akers out for season with torn Achilles

Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is out for the entire 2021 season with a torn Achilles.

According to multiple reports, Akers was injured Monday while training for the upcoming season.

The Rams’ leading rusher in 2020, Akers is likely to be replaced by Darrell Henderson in the starting backfield for Los Angeles.

Veteran help, via free agency or a trade, could be part of the expanded picture for the Rams.

Among veterans still looking for work are Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. Former Rams running back Todd Gurley reportedly agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens this week.

A second-round pick out of Florida State, Akers had 625 rushing yards on 145 attempts and two touchdowns as a rookie.

–Field Level Media