Cam Akers surprised by his limited role in the opener

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After Cam Akers played only 12 snaps in the season opener, Rams coach Sean McVay said the running back needs an increased level of urgency and accountability.

McVay said Wednesday he had a conversation with Akers about just that.

“It’s a result of my confidence in him and the expectations we have and what we need him to be, which isn’t anything more than what he’s capable of for us to reach some of the levels that I’m hopeful that we can do,” McVay said. “So I love Cam. I want him to be able to be a guy that we’re heavily able to lean on, both him and Darrell (Henderson). That’s what it’s got to be able to be.”

Akers said the conversation with McVay happened during training camp and that he was surprised by such a limited role in the season opener. Akers had three carries for no yards.

While Akers called it frustrating, he added that he doesn’t “want to make it too big, bigger than what it is.”

“If coach don’t think I’m being urgent, then [I need to] be more urgent,” Akers said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “That’s what it comes down to.”

Akers said he thinks McVay was referencing practice, not games.

“Whatever coach says, I’m going to take it, and I’m going to learn from it,” Akers said. “Whatever you want to say. I’m going to take it and learn from it and go from there. Whether I think it’s right or not, maybe I’m not always right.”

Henderson played 54 snaps and ran for 47 yards on 13 carries and caught five passes for 26 yards against the Bills. Akers might have seen even fewer chances if not for the early ankle injury to Kyren Williams, who will miss 6-8 weeks. While Williams is out, the Rams will need Akers to spell Henderson.

5 responses to “Cam Akers surprised by his limited role in the opener

  1. Watch what Cooper Kupp does when he doesn’t have the ball. Skilled guys only touch the ball a few times each game, so it’s very important that they get involved in other ways. Pass protection and downfield blocking. Carrying out fakes. Just going all out every play. Doing whatever possible to help your team. If you’re doing that, then you’re ok. We wouldn’t be having this conversation. I remember Akers in college. He stood around and watched a lot. Very little effort blocking. Not a good team guy. Players don’t change. Football is not a spectator sport when you’re wearing pads and a helmet. Coaches hate to see a play didn’t work because one guy just didn’t give a bleep. That gets old fast.

  2. Saying “Whether McVay is right or not” about his practice effort… doesn’t seem like he took it and learned from it

  3. When your team is having issues moving the ball and getting handled, there was not much time for running plays.

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