Rams Won’t Pursue FA RBs

The Rams have lost Cam Akers for the season, but they’re not about to go shopping for veteran help. On Tuesday, head coach Sean McVay told reporters that he’ll explore his in-house options before approaching the free agent running back market. 

We’ve got some young backs on our roster that I’m intrigued about seeing how they handle this opportunity,” McVay told ESPN Los Angeles (Twitter link). “I don’t know that the veteran route is something that we’d rule out, but it’s not something we’re immediately looking to address right now.”

For now, that means drawing from a group headlined by Darrell Henderson and backed by Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, late-round rookie Jake Funk, and undrafted free agent Otis Anderson. But, if that group doesn’t cut it in camp, the Rams could open things up to bigger names. Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell, and Frank Gore are still on the market. And, although it seems unlikely, Todd Gurley is available as well.

Akers, 21, led the Rams with 625 rushing yards last year. Henderson, the de facto starter, came three feet shy of the top spot with 624 yards.

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