Rams operating again Cam Akers stated Wednesday he didn’t count on to have such a restricted function throughout Los Angeles’ 31-10 season-opening loss to the Buffalo Payments final Thursday evening.
Rams coach Sean McVay, additionally chatting with reporters Wednesday, stated he’d had a dialog with Akers about needing to play with extra urgency, noting the rationale the pair had that dialogue is “a results of my confidence in him and the expectations we have now and what we’d like him to be, which isn’t something greater than what he’s able to.”
Akers stated that dialog occurred throughout coaching camp, however that he wasn’t anticipating his restricted workload in Week 1. Akers performed simply 12 snaps towards the Payments, ending with 3 carries for 0 yards.
And whereas Akers acknowledged that Thursday evening was irritating, he famous that the Rams nonetheless have 16 regular-season video games remaining and stated he didn’t “wish to make it too massive, greater than what it’s.”
“If Coach don’t suppose I’m being pressing, then [I need to] be extra pressing,” Akers stated. “That’s what it comes right down to.”
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When requested what he thought McVay was referencing when he cited a necessity for elevated urgency, Akers stated, “Most likely extra so in follow, I’d suppose. Not in a sport, clearly, as a result of that was the primary sport. Most likely follow.
“No matter Coach says, I’m going to take it and I’m going to study from it. No matter you wish to say. I’m going to take it and study from it and go from there. Whether or not I believe it’s proper or not, perhaps I’m not all the time proper.”
Akers stated he thought he “did respectable” within the sport on Thursday, however stated there’s “all the time room to enhance, although.”
“And I wish to enhance,” Akers stated. “I don’t suppose I’m excellent.”
McVay additionally on Wednesday mentioned vast receiver Allen Robinson’s restricted function in Week 1, saying he must have “some extra intentionality about” getting Robinson these targets.
In accordance with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, Allen was focused simply twice on 45 routes run. The 4.4% goal fee was the bottom of his profession.
“No matter I say goes to be an excuse, however there wasn’t [a good enough job done] on my half when it comes to the forms of issues that we have been getting off to permit our gamers to have the ability to get right into a rhythm,” McVay stated. “And also you credit score Buffalo, they did an excellent job, however I believe it’s simply having a extra particular method to issues that intensify his skillset.
“That’s what I’ve received to do a greater job of and Allen is definitely any individual that must be extra concerned and get extra alternatives.”
Quarterback Matthew Stafford stated the Rams are at their finest on offense after they’re getting everybody concerned.
“I can do a greater job of distributing the soccer to these guys, getting these guys touches early on in video games and serving to them really feel within the rhythm of the sport,” Stafford stated.
However regardless of the dearth of targets, Robinson stated he trusts Stafford’s “judgment” on the sphere, and in the end it’s simply “about us making an attempt to win a sport.”
“On the finish, everybody needs to get alternatives, however on the identical time, a number of the methods they performed us and various things like that,” Robinson stated. “I’ve simply received to proceed to do what I can do and attempt to maximize my alternatives. However in some video games, that’s the way it goes typically. This week [we] simply want to return to the drafting board, strive to determine how we will be higher.”
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