Sean McVay: Rams want young running backs to have first opportunity to replace Cam Akers

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Several big-name, veteran running backs remain on the market. (They also remain on the market for a reason or reasons.) The Rams, though, aren’t looking that direction, at least not yet, after losing Cam Akers to a torn Achilles.

The Rams will give Darrell Henderson, Xavier Jones, Jake Funk, Raymond Calais and Otis Anderson the opportunity to replace Akers before looking at veteran running backs, coach Sean McVay said Tuesday.

“We’ve got some young backs on our roster that I’m intrigued about seeing how they handle this opportunity,” McVay said on ESPN 710. “I don’t know that the veteran route is something that we’d rule out, but it’s not something we’re immediately looking to address right now.”

Akers, 21, will miss the season after leading the Rams with 145 carries for 625 yards last season.

LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Devonta Freeman, Le'Veon Bell, Frank Gore and former Rams running back Todd Gurley remain free agents.

7 responses to “Sean McVay: Rams want young running backs to have first opportunity to replace Cam Akers

  1. This is what you can’t predict when you make the off-season Super Bowl odds.

  2. If they do sign a veteran, barring an injury to Henderson, it will be after week 1 so the contract isnt guaranteed.

  3. The question is whether Frank Gore has enough left in the tank for one more Super Bowl run?

  4. Henderson could have a pro bowl year. McVay’s offense makes RB’s look much better than they normally would, but Henderson is actually a really good RB. Probably better than Akers.

  5. Rams will not need RBs.Rams has Darrell Henderson,Raymond Calais and Jake funk

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