A day after signing former Denver Broncos guard Dalton Risner, the Vikings are swapping 2026 late round draft picks with the Los Angeles Rams to acquire running back Cam Akers.
A second-round pick in 2020, Akers should make an immediate impact in the running game, which has struggled to get going this season as the team has transitioned to Alexander Mattison as its lead back. Outside of when he missed most of 2021 with an Achilles tear, Akers has been an efficient runner, posting no less than 625 yards and two scores on the ground in his two healthy seasons, while averaging over four yards per carry. Unfortunately, Akers has not had a strong start to this season, as he has ran for only 29 yards on 22 carries in just one game. Akers was also the Rams’ starting running back during their 2021 Super Bowl run, running for 172 yards on 67 carries over three games, but totaling just 37 yards from scrimmage in the big game.
The trade reunites Akers with Kevin O’Connell, who was the Rams’ offensive coordinator during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
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