Cam Akers takes on the Panthers; Rams in ‘uncharted territory’
Los Angeles Rams run back Cam Akers won’t play against the Carolina Panthers Sunday in the latest sign that the ball carrier may soon have a new football home.
Every ESPN’s Sarah Barshop and Kevin Patra of the NFL’s website, Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed that the Akers will not practice on Friday or play on Sunday. Akers has officially dropped out of training the past two days for unspecified “personal reasons”, and McVay added the 23-year-old and the club are “working on some things” before Week 6.
“[This is] a kind of uncharted territory, and I think the biggest thing is, out of respect for the situation, wanting to keep it internally,” explained McVay.
After a massive 31-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 back on September 8, McVay publicly acknowledged the Rams want to see “an increased level of urgency and accountability” from Akers. The third-year professional only counted three zero-meter runs that evening, and since then he has accumulated a total of 151 yards and encounters in 51 attempts.
ESPN Statistics show that Darrell Henderson Jr is behind Akers on the team with 138 yards of javelin and 34 executions. Meanwhile, the rating of the Panthers 27th against the run and surrendered an average of 137.8 yards of javelin per contest.
McVay said Friday the Rams will “always explore options if we feel there’s an opportunity to upgrade” when asked if the team could get another run-up.