“We’ve got some young backs on our roster that I’m intrigued about seeing how they handle this opportunity,” McVay told ESPN Los Angeles (Twitter link). “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.”
For now, that means drawing from a group headlined by Darrell Henderson and backed by Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, late-round rookie Jake Funk and undrafted free agent Otis Anderson. But, if that group doesn’t cut it in camp, the Rams could open things up to bigger names. Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell, and Frank Gore are still on the market. And, although it seems unlikely, Todd Gurley is available as well.
Akers, 21, led the Rams with 625 rushing yards last year. Henderson, the de facto starter, came three feet shy of the top spot with 624 yards.