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Cam akers rejoins former teammate Derwin James in Los Angeles. But it’s not with the Chargers. The Mississippi native is joining Jared Goff and the Rams.
Replacing recently released tailback Todd Gurley, Akers fills in nicely for the Rams. A tough runner, Akers will benefit from running behind a competent offensive line in Los Angeles. He also fits in nicely into the passing game, opening things up for Jared Goff.
Learning from a Legend
Akers joins a running back room with Devin Singletary and the ageless Frank Gore. The Mississippi native will be well-positioned to learn how to be an NFL tailback from such a mentor as Gore. Along with their jobs toting the rock, the Bills heavily used their backs as pass-catchers, throwing it their way 42 times for 318 yards. Akers will be right at home here, as the 3-down back caught 30 passes for 225 yards and 4 touchdowns in his junior season.
The Bills select Akers to ease the pressure on their young signal-caller, Josh Allen, who himself is a capable runner, going for 510 yards and 9 touchdowns a year ago. Allen added 20 passing touchdowns last year to go along with over 3000 passing yards.
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What the Experts Say
Despite a disappointing win-loss record and a lack of blocking up front, Akers maintained a consistent level of play that represents his football character. He runs with tempo and flow but alters his rush track at a moment’s notice when needed. He is elusive but lacking the instant burst of a slasher capable of stacking long runs in a single game. Akers has above-average open-field vision once he’s into the second level and looks to run through the tackler’s pads as a finisher. He’s a three-down option with good feel for finding the crease near the goal line, but ball security needs to improve. He can be Leg 1 or 2 of a tandem rushing attack and is one of the more natural runners in the draft. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com