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    Getty Rams running back Darrell Henderson receives the handoff on September 18, 2022. The Los Angeles Rams once again needed to address their running back room. But this time, there was no need to make a trade. The Rams instead had room for a past beloved member of their offense — and immediately lured him back in since he was available. Announced at 12:13 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, September 22, the franchise announced the return of Malcolm Brown, who will be added to the practice squad. LA Rams Transactions:• Signed Practice Squad Veteran RB Malcolm Brown• Waived/Injury Settlement RB Trey Ragas• Waived/No Recall LB Keir Thomas — Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 22, 2022 Ram fans remember the versatility Brown brought inside the “Rams House:” Delivering 1,188 career rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in his six seasons with both St. Louis and L.A per Pro Football Reference. And his final two seasons with the Rams witnessed Brown score 5 touchdowns. Brown was once on a two-year, $3,300,000 contract before joining the Miami Dolphins in 2021. Brown...
    Getty Matthew Stafford hands the ball to Darrell Henderson on September 11, 2022. Shades of last year that has resurfaced after one game: The Los Angeles Rams have a key injury in the backfield. And once again, questions have arisen on if the Super Bowl 56 champions may need to make a move before the NFL trade deadline in November to fill this need. This time, rookie Kyren Williams will miss some time after suffering a high ankle sprain that will require surgery — putting him out of action for the next six to eight weeks. Starter Cam Akers, meanwhile, appears to have found himself in the Rams’ doghouse for his limited carries from the Thursday, September 8 loss to the Buffalo Bills, which was noted in this Heavy on Rams story. Outside of Akers, the only other active roster options on the Rams are seventh rounder from 2021 Jake Funk and the veteran who took the bulk of the carries against the Bills Darrell Henderson, who is also in a contract year. But if the...
    Getty Cam Akers gets the handoff from Matthew Stafford during July 29, 2022 training camp for the Rams. The reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will have a new camper at UC Irvine’s Crawford Field. And with his frame, which was once described as “full-sized” by one NFL Draft evaluator, this newcomer becomes the second biggest option for this particular position group on the Rams. Who Signed? Plus Who got Waived? The franchise announced on Friday, July 29 that Trey Ragas is being added to the Rams’ backfield by signing him. The team also announced that Xavier Jones has been waived. LA Rams Transactions:• Waived/Injured RB Xavier Jones• Signed RB Trey Ragas — Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) July 29, 2022 Before his arrival, the Rams’ biggest backfield option in terms of weight was third-year Pro Cam Akers according to the Rams’ roster — with the starter and former Florida State Seminole measured at 5-foot-10, 217-pounds. While A.J. Rose is considered the tallest backfield option at 6-foot-1, he weighs in at 212-pounds. Jake Funk and Darrell Henderson...
    Getty Sony Michel on November 28, 2021 in Green Bay. Sony Michel has ended his stay inside the “Rams House.” And the two-time Super Bowl winner — who came to the Los Angeles Rams during a time when the backfield needed an extra spark to a unit decimated by injuries — is also returning to the AFC East. But, he’ll play for a coach who used to game plan against the Rams. Where Michel is Heading Per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport at 4:45 p.m. PT on Monday, May 9, Michel is heading to the Miami Dolphins. Source: Former #Patriots RB Sony Michel is signing with the #Dolphins. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2022 His signing ends a near one-year stay in L.A. Michel got added via trade from the New England Patriots during 2021 training camp following the Rams losing Cam Akers to an Achilles injury before the Rams reported to Irvine for July camp. Michel started in seven Rams contests and appeared in all 17 games. He ends his truncated Rams tenure by...
    Getty Could Sony Michel's L.A. Rams days be numbered? Once the March free agency period arrived, there was the feeling in the air that Sony Michel would end his time with the Los Angeles Rams. Then when the NFL Draft came and went on April 30, there was the further notion that the free agent Michel would become a potential odd man out in the Rams‘ backfield after the franchise drafted Kyren Williams out of Norte Dame. Things have been relatively quiet for Michel, until late Wednesday evening on May 4 per Jeremy Fowler. The ESPN NFL insider reported that the two-time Super Bowl winner was set to visit two NFL franchises: The Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints. Former first-round RB Sony Michel visited with the #Dolphins today and is set to visit the #Saints later this week, per source. Multiple teams looking for an offensive weapon post-draft. — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 5, 2022 Here’s a look at both teams’ backfield situation.Miami in Need of Backs The Dolphins only had four draft...
    Getty Matthew Stafford hands it off to Darrell Henderson during a October 7, 2021. From the “dawg” house to the “Rams House,” the University of Georgia and the Los Angeles Rams have formed a rare, strong pipeline that has witnessed two Super Bowl runs together. Last season, Georgia great Sony Michel helped keep the backfield running and went on to win his second career Vince Lombardi Trophy. Prior to that run, Todd Gurley was the Rams‘ feature back in Super Bowl 53 from guess where? Georgia. Could there be another pairing in the works between Athens and the City of Angels? One latest mock draft released on Monday, March 28 is pointing that way. Rams Draft Runner & Brother of Pro Bowler Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue tabs James Cook from the Bulldogs to head to the Super Bowl champs at No. 104 overall as part of the publication’s “NFL Beat Writer Mock Draft.” If anyone caught the surname,...
    Tanner Buchanan Is Not Dating Addison Rae in Real Life, but He Is in a Serious Relationship 100 Ways To Make Your Money Last Until You’re 100 © Provided by CBS Sports Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) before Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Sony Michel is a much-needed addition to the Los Angeles Rams backfield, especially once the team lost Cam Akers for the year with a torn ACL. Rams general manager Les Snead clearly explored all options in the aftermath of Akers' injury, trading 2022 fifth and sixth-round picks for the former fist-round running back. The picks L.A. traded potentially become a fourth rounder, if the Rams get a compensatory fourth-round pick next offseason. The Rams gave the New England Patriots a potential high Day 3 pick for a reason. Michel will play, but he's not expected to be the featured back in Los Angeles.  "That's going to be a complementary backfield," Rams general manager Les Snead said to reporters Wednesday. "What he...
    Getty Sony Michel scores the only touchdown of the 2019 Super Bowl during his time with the New England Patriots. Michel was traded to the Los Angeles Rams Wednesday morning in exchange for two late round draft picks. At 4:19 a.m. west coast time on Wednesday, August 25, the Los Angeles Rams began the day bright and early by shaking up the NFL landscape with a trade. The move? Acquiring Sony Michel from the New England Patriots to bolster a backfield getting hit by injuries. The trade was first reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who again broke the news before 5 a.m. PT. Patriots are trading RB Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two late-round conditional draft picks, per sources. New England gets back two picks, the Rams get needed talent and depth at running back. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2021 Now, after the Rams sent a fifth and sixth rounder to the Patriots to lure in the former No. 31 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft,...
    Getty Royce Freeman busts the stiff arm on Marlon Humphrey of the Baltimore Ravens during a 2018 game. The Denver Bronco was mentioned as a possibility to replace Cam Akers on Tuesday. The names continue to sprout up this week on who the Los Angeles Rams should look into to replace the injured Cam Akers. Past 1,000-yard backs named Le’Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and former Ram Todd Gurley have already been mentioned. New England Patriot Sony Michel is another one who has been named as a potential answer to the Rams’ sudden running game dilemma. And on Tuesday, one Denver Broncos insider from KOA News Radio Colorado has mentioned this name as a possibility: Royce Freeman. Wouldn't be surprised to see Rams inquire about Broncos RB Royce Freeman. — Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) July 20, 2021 Who is Royce Freeman?Freeman is a 25-year-old who is still under contract by the Broncos. According to spotrac, he holds a base salary of $970,000 for 2021 and is set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. The former Oregon...
    Cam Akers is out for the season, so who will replace him as the Rams’ No. 1 back and thus also on the fantasy radar? A season with expectations for the Los Angeles Rams took a big hit Tuesday morning with news running back Cam Akers will miss the entire 2021 campaign after suffering a torn Achilles while training. Fantasy football managers who have already drafted him now have to form another plan, and the many fantasy drafters who remain can now scratch a workhorse back off their cheat sheets. Perhaps due to having no training camp or preseason games, the Rams eased Akers into action as a rookie last year. In his first nine games he had double-digit carries just twice, with two more games where he had nine carries. He also missed two games early, so that was surely a factor in his reduced work. But from Week 13-17, with a missed game due to an ankle injury in Week 16, Akers had 20 or more carries three times in four games with a total of 86 carries...
    Getty Darrell Henderson busts the stiff arm during the Los Angeles Rams' week two win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Henderson is expected to help energize a new-look Rams RB room this season. Outside of the deep attack, guess what else has been missing for the Los Angeles Rams on offense? A 1,000-yard rusher – for two consecutive seasons. Todd Gurley represents the last Ram to top the four-digit mark through the ground game, accumulating 1,251 yards in the 2018 season. But since that time, the Rams’ top rusher has reached 857 and a lowly 625 yards, the latter number coming last year. Why the drop off? The backfield did endure injuries last season. Same with the guys clearing the road for them in the offensive line. But going with a multitude of backfield options left most Ram fans confused. Last year, L.A. tried a committee approach with the ground game. But even that fielded mixed results and confusion from fans, especially when the Rams got tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett to carry the football once, while...
    Getty Cam Akers breaks a long run against the Washington Football Team during the 2020 season. Time to add another national NFL analyst who is a strong believer in Cam Akers breaking out this season. Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report released his predictions of NFL statistical leaders for 2021 on July 1, and Moton has picked the NFL’s rushing touchdown leader to come from the Los Angeles Rams: ????Passing yardsDak ????Passing TDJosh Allen ????Rushing yardsDalvin ????Rushing TDCam Akers ????Rec yardsDK ????Receiving TDD-Hop ????Yards from scrimmageKamara ????SacksMyles Garrett ????InterceptionsJC Jackson pic.twitter.com/A2gJQ9RuT1 — B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 1, 2021 Moton joins Adam Schein of Sirius XM Radio and CBS Sports as NFL analysts who have predicted a huge sophomore campaign from the former Florida State Seminole, with Schein going on nfl.com encouraging NFL fans to hop on the Akers’ bandwagon on June 8.How Many Touchdowns for Akers?Moton calls for 15 end zone trips for Akers between September and January. And the man Moton says will trail behind Akers? League rushing leader Derrick Henry, who led the NFL with 17 touchdowns...
    When Todd Gurley left the Rams in the offseason, fantasy football owners began to anticipate what that meant for the Los Angeles backfield. In a high-powered offense, whoever wins the L.A. RB battle could have huge fantasy value, but whoever it is fits more of the preseason sleeper mold. None of Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson or Malcolm Brown are very proven at the NFL level. The consensus is that Akers will be the main man as a rookie out of Florida State, but Henderson was a major sleeper last preseason and Brown has actually contributed at times in pro football. While L.A. likely remains a pass-heavy team, its starting running back will matter in fantasy. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 cheat sheet Cam Akers fantasy outlook Akers’ best college season came as a freshman with the Seminoles. After being a major disappointment as a sophomore, he bounced back for an 1,000-yard season on 5.0 yards per carry as a junior. That led to his selection as the 52nd player off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft. A year...
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