Akers rushed eight times for 13 yards and didn't catch his only target in Monday's 24-9 loss to San Francisco.
Analysis: Akers got one more rushing attempt than Darrell Henderson, but Henderson mustered 14 more yards on the ground in addition to catching three passes for 12 yards. While Akers has more upside as a rusher than Henderson, a Rams offense that's averaging just 17.5 PPG through four weeks is struggling to create positive game scripts, and doing so won't be easy in Week 5 against a Cowboys defense that has limited each of its first four opponents to less than 20 points.
Oct 3, 2022 8:52 PM EST
Akers carried the ball 12 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-12 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: After taking a back seat to Darrell Henderson in the Rams' opener and splitting the workload fairly evenly in Week 2, Akers appeared to be the team's clear lead back in this one, as Henderson managed only 17 yards on four carries. Akers looked impressive on a 14-yard TD run late in the third quarter for Los Angeles' final points, but he then coughed up a fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter. That turnover could open the door for Henderson to get more involved again in Week 4 against the 49ers.
Sep 25, 2022 5:28 PM EST
Akers carried the ball 15 times for 44 yards in Sunday's 31-27 win over Atlanta. He added two receptions on three targets for 18 yards.
Analysis: After earning only three rushing attempts in Week 1, Akers led the Rams' backfield with 15 carries in Week 2. He wasn't particularly efficient, as his longest rush of the day went for only 10 yards, and he gained one or fewer yards on five of his attempts. It remains to be seen how the Rams' backfield will be split moving forward, but Akers appears to have a significant role to play in it.
Sep 18, 2022 8:31 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay said he wants to see "an increased level of urgency and accountability snap in and snap out" from Akers, who got only three carries off the bench in a 31-10 loss to the Bills on Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Darrell Henderson not only got the start but played 82 percent of offensive snaps, taking 13 carries for 47 yards and five catches for 26 yards. It wasn't efficient production, but Henderson took advantage of the rare gaps he saw behind a struggling offensive line, while Akers managed no gain from his three carries on 12 snaps (18 percent). McVay did say Akers did some positive things, and a Week 2 home game against Atlanta provides a better matchup for both backs to get involved. Even so, fantasy managers that drafted Akers as a starter need to be thinking about alternatives now that they've seen Henderson operating as the lead back.
Sep 9, 2022 3:58 PM EST
Akers rushed three times for no gain and was not targeted in the passing game during the Rams' 31-10 loss to the Bills on Thursday night.
Analysis: Akers was surprisingly 10 carries behind backfield mate Darrell Henderson's final tally, and his lack of involvement altogether in the passing game was also alarming. The 2020 second-round pick was thought to have the leg up on Henderson in terms of their backfield split coming into the season; consequently, how much the workload distribution is altered in a Week 2 home matchup against the Falcons a week from Sunday will be the subject of considerable fantasy scrutiny.
Sep 8, 2022 10:50 PM EST
Akers (undisclosed) practiced fully Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The same applies to Darrell Henderson (undisclosed), which sets the stage for the Rams' top two backs to be available for Week 1 action against the Bills. At that time, Akers is in line to lead the team's ground game out of the gate this coming season, with Henderson available for his share of complementary/change-of-pace touches, while Kyren Williams and Jake Funk are on hand in reserve.
Aug 29, 2022 2:10 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay relayed after Saturday's preseason game at Cincinnati that Akers (undisclosed) hasn't reached the point where he can do a full-speed workout, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: At the same time, McVay said fellow running back Darrell Henderson (undisclosed) fit in such a workout Saturday, indicating he's drawing closer to a return to practice. The Rams have less than two weeks remaining before a Week 1 matchup with the Bills on Thursday, Sept. 8, so the sooner Akers and Henderson mix into drills, the better for their prospects to play. Behind that RB duo, Kyren Williams and Jake Funk are the next players up in L.A.'s backfield.
Aug 27, 2022 6:36 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay acknowledged Monday that he doesn't have a timeline for when Akers and Darrell Henderson -- who are both dealing with soft tissue injuries -- can return to practice, noting "it could be anywhere between two days, one day, a week," Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though McVay's estimate for how long the Rams might be without their top two backs isn't specific, it does sound like neither player's issue is viewed as long term, with the team simply preferring to play it safe at this stage of the preseason. While Akers and/or Henderson are sidelined, added practice reps will be available for Kyren Williams and Jake Funk.
Aug 15, 2022 3:12 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay relayed that Akers is dealing with a "soft tissue" injury and is slated to miss some practice time, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow running back Darrell Henderson, with McVay noting that neither will practice until they can work at "full speed" in team drills. With the team's top two backfield options unavailable for the time being, Kyren Williams and Jake Funk saw added practice reps Monday, per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic and they figure to do so until Akers and/or Henderson rejoin the mix.
Aug 15, 2022 2:21 PM EST
Coach Sean McVay recently said Akers has been "getting more comfortable" and "caught up to speed" after dealing with an Achilles tear last year, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.
Analysis: Akers surprisingly made it back for the playoffs after tearing his Achilles in mid-July, but he didn't look like the same player that ran for 221 yards and two TDs in two playoff games the previous year. The strong finish to his rookie season had Akers going in the second round of fantasy drafts before his injury last summer, and he still has potential to justify that price (or higher) if he can handle a three-down role in McVay's offense. On the other hand, he'll lose a lot of work to Darrell Henderson and/or other backs if he looks like he did in January and February.
Aug 2, 2022 12:23 PM EST
Akers is aiming to make "big strides" this offseason after making a quicker than expected recovery from a torn Achilles suffered last July, Greg Beacham of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Despite picking up the serious injury just before training camp, Akers was given a chance to return at some point during the 2021 campaign when the Rams opted to place him on the reserve/non-football injury list on Aug. 31 versus injured reserve, the latter of which would have made him ineligible to play. He eventually was activated prior to Week 16 and made his season debut Week 18, and during the Rams' run to a Super Bowl LVI victory he served as the team's primary running back. In those five games, though, Akers averaged just 2.4 yards on his 72 carries, corralled 11 of 13 passes for 86 yards and didn't score a touchdown. During Thursday's media appearance, he relayed, "I wouldn't say I did well. ... I did what I was supposed to do, but obviously that's not enough for me." As he puts the injury further in the rearview mirror, the soon-to-be 23-year-old (in June) will look to fulfill his standing as a 2020 second-round pick, with his primary competition Darrell Henderson, a three-year pro.
Apr 21, 2022 3:18 PM EST
Akers rushed 13 times for 21 yards and brought in three of four targets for 14 yards during the Rams' 23-20 win over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.
Analysis: Akers comfortably paced the backfield in carries even with Darrell Henderson making his return from injured reserve, but as was the case most of the postseason, he found running room very much at a premium. The second-year back nearly outpaced his rushing yardage total through the air on just three touches, underscoring the tough sledding he encountered on the ground. Naturally, the Super Bowl win for his team is the ultimate consolation, and Akers could also certainly be heartened by the fact he made a very rapid recovery from the Achilles tear he suffered in July. With a full offseason to get back to full strength ahead of him, the FSU product will undoubtedly aim for a major comeback effort in the Rams' 2022 title-defense season.
Feb 13, 2022 8:04 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After not practicing at all last week, Akers has ramped up his activity level in short order this week, going from limited at Wednesday's walkthrough to all drills one day later. As a result, the Rams have their top two running backs -- also, Sony Michel -- ready for a Super Bowl LVI matchup with the Bengals. The question mark that remains in Los Angeles' backfield is the status of Darrell Henderson (knee), whose window to return from injured reserve is about to close. Fortunately, coach Sean McVay expressed optimism earlier this week that Henderson has a "good chance" to be available Sunday, per Stu Jackson of the team's official site. In the end, though, Akers should get the larger share of touches among the trio, with Michel and potentially Henderson mixing in behind him.
Feb 10, 2022 3:47 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) was a limited participant at Wednesday's walkthrough, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Akers didn't practice at all during the first week of prep for Super Bowl LVI, so Wednesday's development displays a degree of progress from the shoulder injury that he suffered during the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30. In three playoff games (including two starts) during the Rams' current run, he's averaged 2.8 yards on 54 carries and hauled in five of six targets for 62 yards. During that same stretch, fellow running back Sony Michel has averaged 3.3 yards on 24 rushes while combining for minus-8 yards on three catches. Akers' progress in L.A.'s final two sessions of the week likely will determine whether he enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's contest against the Bengals.
Feb 9, 2022 4:24 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) appears to be absent from a third straight practice Friday, but Rams coach Sean McVay suggested he expects the running back to play in the Super Bowl against Cincinnati, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: While the Rams list eight players on their injury report this week, McVay suggested only one guy -- TE Tyler Higbee (knee) -- is in serious danger of missing the big game. It'll be cause for concern if Akers continues to miss practice next week, though it sounds like the Rams expect him to return. There is some chance of a reduced role compared to the past few weeks, as Akers hasn't had much luck running the ball, and Darrell Henderson (knee) could come back from IR for the Super Bowl (he was suited up for practice Friday, per Rodrigue).
Feb 4, 2022 12:47 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's walkthrough, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Akers has yet to practice this week since sustaining a shoulder injury during the Rams' win in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, but he also has more than a week to get healthy ahead of a Super Bowl matchup with the Bengals. He played through the issue this past Sunday, turning 14 touches into 50 yards from scrimmage. Meanwhile, fellow running back Sony Michel couldn't find much traction to the tune of 12 total yards on 11 touches. Akers will have four more chances to mix into drills before L.A. next takes the field on Sunday, Feb. 13.
Feb 3, 2022 2:22 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Akers missed a spell in the first half of the Rams' recent win in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers due to a shoulder injury, resulting in his second-lowest share of offensive snaps (39 percent) since returning from a July Achilles tear back in Week 18. Still, he was far more efficient than backfield mate Sony Michel, taking 14 touches for 50 yards from scrimmage versus the latter's 11 touches for 12 total yards on 57 percent of those plays. The Rams likely are easing Akers into preparation for a Super Bowl matchup with the Bengals on Sunday, Feb. 13, but his status will be one to monitor to make sure L.A.'s top RB is set to play in the season finale.
Feb 2, 2022 4:06 PM EST
Akers rushed 13 times for 48 yards and brought in his only target for two yards during the Rams' 20-17 win over the 49ers in their NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
Analysis: Akers navigated a shoulder injury that led to a brief exit from the contest in the first half, and although his final yardage total was nothing to write home about, he was more efficient than during a difficult divisional-round performance against the Buccaneers. The second-year back fumbled twice in that game and was also held to 2.0 yards per carry, while Sunday's performance saw him at least average a slightly more palatable 3.7 per tote and not turn the ball over. Akers did outpace Sony Michel by only three carries, but that was partly the byproduct of the former's aforementioned temporary in-game absence. Given Akers is arguably the more explosive back of the two, it's likely he maintains a lead-back role in the Super Bowl LVI matchup versus the Bengals on Feb. 13.
Jan 30, 2022 7:22 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) has returned to Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Akers hurt his shoulder in the first half but gained clearance to return prior to halftime. He'll return to a leading role in the Los Angeles backfield.
Jan 30, 2022 4:49 PM EST
Akers (shoulder) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against San Francisco, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Akers went to the locker room to have the injury examined after rushing six times for 31 yards and adding a two-yard catch in the NFC Championship Game. Sony Michel will take over as the Rams' leading backfield option in Akers' absence.
Jan 30, 2022 4:23 PM EST
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