THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. –Rams running back Cam Akers said Wednesday he didn’t expect to play such a limited role in Los Angeles’ 31-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Thursday night.
Rams coach Sean McVay, also speaking to reporters on Wednesday, said he had a conversation with Akers about the need to play with more urgency, noting the reason the pair had this discussion was “the result of my trust in him and the expectations we have”. and what we need it to be, which is nothing more than what it is capable of.”
Akers said that conversation happened during training camp, but he didn’t expect his limited workload in Week 1. Akers only played 12 snaps against the Bills, finishing with 3 races for 0 meters.
And while Akers acknowledged Thursday night was frustrating, he noted the Rams still had 16 regular-season games to play and said he “didn’t want to make it too big, bigger than it was. is”.
“If the coach doesn’t think I’m urgent, then [I need to] be more urgent,” Akers said. “That’s what it comes down to.”
When asked what he thought McVay was referring to when he cited a need for increased urgency, Akers replied: “Probably more in training, I think. Not in a game, obviously, because it was the first match, probably in training.
“Whatever the coach says, I’m going to take it and I’m going to learn from it. Whatever you want to say. I’m going to take it and learn from it and go from there. Whether I think it’s right or not , maybe I’m not always right.”
Akers said he thought he “did well” in Thursday’s game but said there was “always room for improvement, though.”
“And I want to improve,” Akers said. “I don’t think I’m perfect.”
McVay also discussed wide receiver Allen Robinson’s limited role in Week 1 on Wednesday, saying he needed to have “a little more intentionality to” get those targets for Robinson.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Allen has only been targeted twice out of 45 routes run. The target rate of 4.4% was the lowest of his career.
“Everything I say is going to be an excuse, but there was no [a good enough job done] from me in terms of the types of things we were doing to allow our players to be able to get into a rhythm,” McVay said. “And you credit Buffalo, they did a great job, but I think it’s just having a more specific approach to things that accentuate his skills.
“That’s what I need to do best and Allen is definitely someone who needs to get more involved and have more opportunities.”
Quarterback Matthew Stafford said the Rams are at their best on offense when they involve everyone.
“I can do a better job of distributing the football to these guys, reaching them early in games and helping them feel in the rhythm of the game,” Stafford said.
But despite the lack of goals, Robinson said he trusted Stafford’s “judgement” on the pitch, and that at the end of the day it’s just “us trying to win a game”.
“At the end of the day everybody wants to have opportunities, but at the same time some of the ways they’ve played us and different things like that,” Robinson said. “I just have to keep doing what I can do and try to maximize my opportunities. But in some games sometimes that’s how it goes. This week [we] just need to go back to the drawing board, trying to figure out how we can be better.”