The header photo of this article has the caption “A typical view of Los Angeles Ram driving Cam Acres” and I couldn’t think of a better description of his season preview. All I can produce is a generic scene, similar to Darrell Henderson, because if Ramus is missing anything, this experience is beginning.
This can be meaningless and many teams start Week 1 with a resolve to prove that the running backs do not matter.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Leonard Fournette just before the season and then free agent Rocky James Robinson had 16 carries for 62 yards with 28 receptions. The Washington football team fired Adrian Peterson and went on to “threaten” with Pieten Barber and third-round cheater Antonio Newton. These players did not get much success in hypnotizing, but some new players got.
Rookie Clyde Edwards-Hellair led all rushers with 138 yards on 25 carries for the Kyuki City Chiefs. And the Pittsburgh Steelers started Benny Snell, a fourth-round pick in 2019, and he finished third with 113 yards on just 19 carries.
Five or six years ago I felt that the “running back does not matter” is firmly entangled in the early phase of the movement, but as I have seen the logic of this picture loses sight of the big picture and this Confirming that a bias, I have become more and more certain that backing runs matter. Players like Edwards-Hallaire and Snell can add “no difference” to the flames, but what if they are just good players?
This argument in the void would be like saying that AJ Brown and DK Metcalf proved in 2019 that receivers matter. Or because Patrick Mahomes stepped into an Andy Reid offense with Tiger Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kell, who are quarterbacks that don’t matter. Instead, credit is given to the Mahomes and credit is given to the Chief Offense. Double. “Kansas City has a talented team around the Mahomes, but the Mahomes’ special advanced skills improve the results.”
The running back production is not based on everything in the field except the running back.
Running backs who are drafted more often have more success than those drafts behind them, on average, like every other position. Did Josh Jacobs have a wonderful opportunity when he wasn’t building a franchise running after Marcus Allen? And if it’s only because of Las Vegas’ offensive line, then where were they for Doug Martin in 2018? And what led Jacobs to the forced / missed tackles in Week 1?
Arguably the NFL’s two former top-10 picks with three best running backs and a second rounder, Joe Heiman?
Most importantly, as it relates to Rama, if “Tod Gurley” (myth + more mythology than man) was a product of McVay and the offensive line, why did he 10th in the East Will UN’s “Todd Gurley” pick to play like 2019 and be replaced with Les Snead’s first pick in the draft?
Clearly this is not a situation that McVay takes lightly as something out of the public (not necessarily the majority of either) and it also means that yes, Cam Acres and Darrell Henderson are actually “busts”. Can occur.
Finding out which of LA’s top three runners is most likely to star and / or have the least chance of disaster is underway for McVay and his coaching staff. With no prescription, and missing several weeks in training camp with Henderson means that he is doing it in regular season games. With the points on the line and any decision is probably your biggest mistake.
Mess Final HB Snap Count
Malcolm Brown 44
Cam acres 24
Darrell Henderson 5
– Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) 14 September 2020
In Week 1, we found out that Henderson was probably not ready, but could be used in a pinch. This is not necessarily bad news for unpublished free agent Xavier Jones, who was also a resident of Sens, but it may indicate that McVay only sees three real options at this point. The fact that La put Jones on the 53-man roster might be a good sign, or it could be further insurance, as we saw when he added Raymond Kallis just after the final cut.
What makes Jones more likely than Henderson to be part of the rotation of Jones or Callas at any point this season is the five snaps he got in Week 1 against the Cowboys. With another week of healthy practice, Henderson could have snacks from Brown or Acres, or both.
Malcolm Brown led the way with 44 snaps and he is probably McVay’s favorite favorite blocker. Given his lack of experience with other options, Brown may actually be McVay’s In college Master the blocker when walking back.
This is something that, if true, would make him a viable part of the backfield throughout the season.
As noted by Cam Mailer with NextGen Stats, Cam Actors were ranked lower in efficiency in Week 1, but were facing the second-highest rate of “stacked box” of any running back. Akers received 24 slaps, and both Brown and Acres were on the same division as ropes plays and passing plays.
#Rams Last night’s Power Draw concept with RB Malcolm Brown. This plan is indeed unprecedented.
The C, RG, and RT all carry forward while like LG and LT drop it is a pass play.
– og John Vogel (@johndavogel) 14 September 2020
This week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles is likely to pose an even more formidable challenge than the Cowboys.
On one hand, the “threat” the Eagles were facing had I previously spoken with Barber and Gibson. Washington does not present a frightening case with its 2020 hazing attack and would not be expected to contribute much to any conversation about running backs. However, Philadelphia did not take a chance with a good performance.
Fletcher Cox and the front seven completely dominated a field of play.
Nye had 17 carries for 29 yards, 1.7 yards per carry with an average of eight yards in length. Dwayne Haskins and JD McKissic combined to carry the ball 10 times for 15 yards, meaning they held those three players to nearly 1.6 yards per carry on 27 attempts. It was a brutal night for him, and Haskins also ran 19 yards. Gibson was closest to a savior, but it was also not spectacular, carrying the ball nine times for 36 yards.
Added, that is 36 carats for 80 yards.
Last season, the Eagles let some games away from them to run the defense, but were mostly prominent in that area of football. He lost defensive end Vinny Curry for “a while”, but former rounder Derek Barnett was not in Week 1 and could be back soon. So I have no reason to doubt that the Eagles lost their run defense since the last man’s investigation.
I hope that Rams will do everything possible to run the football successfully as this is what Sean McVay would like to see. I could also understand why Brown, Acres and Henderson might clash in front of Philadelphia. And I can see that it would be reasonable to expect Henderson’s role to increase, perhaps with Brown’s role in some situations (such as the third-and-one) decreasing.
However I am not saying that Brown was always short of the line to achieve.
Two years ago, the Rams played the Eagles and did not even have a strong run defense at that time. Philadelphia had given up more than 100 rushing yards in five straight games, but then placed LA at only 82, winning 30–23. That day, Gurley picked up the ball 12 times and ran for 48 yards, but scored two touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 76 yards. McVay knows he doesn’t have That player Available this week, but he is hoping that these three can come together to combine their skills and that may be the case for now.
For some people that still matters.