This article is part of our Job Battles series.
This Job Battles post will look at the Rams backfield.
Rams Running Backs
Coach Sean McVay made waves earlier this week when he suggested that the Rams might use a committee of running backs in 2020, including not just Day 2 prospects Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, but even deep bench runners Malcolm Brown and John Kelly. This was unwelcome news for Akers' investors especially, as he had risen from a mid sixth-round ADP to his current one in the early fifth round following the 2020 draft, where the Rams selected him 52nd overall. His buyers didn't have a four-runner workload split in mind when they paid that price, but it's probably best to not overreact.
There's a chance McVay was just using an inclusive definition of committee or was otherwise speaking in noncommittal generalities, but even if he specifically meant to predict a change in the Rams' backfield approach, and even if he was speaking honestly in that case, there's still room for the Rams to spread the carries more while preserving the fantasy viability of at least one and maybe two of the backs. The Rams running back usage previously channeled almost singularly through Gurley, so lowering the RB1 role to the 500-to-600 snap range should be enough for Akers to come through at his roughly RB24 price tag yet would clear up at least 200