The Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement to exchange 2026 draft picks in exchange for the running back Cam Akers, according to reports cited by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Last Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers was notable for Akers’ absence from the starting lineup. Sean McVay, the head coach of the Rams, described it as a “coach’s decision” made in the “best interest” of the group.
Akers will now be a member of the Vikings, who currently have the lowest overall rushing yards and first downs of any team. Notably, they are the only team without a rush of 10 yards or more in 2023.
Alexander Mattison, the starting running back for Minnesota, has accumulated 62 yards on 19 carries so far this season but no touchdowns.
Cam Akers, a second-round selection in the 2020 draft, is presently playing out the final year of his rookie deal with the Rams. He had 22 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown in Los Angeles’ victory to start the season.
Running back Cam Akers attended Florida State for his collegiate football career before being selected by the Rams in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Running back Akers is a versatile player who performs well in both the running and passing games. He is renowned for his elusiveness, vision, and speed. He can catch passes well, which makes him a useful option as a third-down back.
Akers demonstrated his abilities in his first season in 2020, rushing for 625 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. He also showed off his receiver skills, catching 39 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Akers unfortunately tore his Achilles tendon in the preseason of 2021, missing the entire campaign. Though it took him some time to get back into shape, he triumphantly rejoined the Rams in 2022. Despite this, he had a good season finale, accumulating 397 yards and five touchdowns in his final six games.