With the 164th pick in the NFL Draft, The Los Angeles Rams selected running back Kyren Williams. In a vacuum, Williams is a fantastic grab for the team. He can do anything out of the backfield based on his college numbers. However, where will the Notre Dame product fit in on offense? That is a question the Rams need to ask.
Why is this a question for the team? Well, the Rams have Darrell Henderson under contract for the upcoming season. Additionally, Cam Akers seems healthy based on the team saying he is a breakout candidate. Whether or not Akers can remain healthy is an entirely different question for the third-year back.
If Akers can stay mostly healthy, he will likely be the lead running back for the Rams. That leaves an interesting dynamic at backup, however. Who will be the second-in-command to Akers?
What role will Kyren Williams play as a rookie?
Logic dictates the answer is the man with the most knowledge of the offensive system. Therefore, Henderson is the logical answer to the question. This is due to Williams not having an offseason to work in the offense.
Although, Williams has had barely any time with the offense. He broke his foot in the beginning of June, coach Sean McVay announced.
“He (Williams) got surgery,” McVay said in a post-practice interview. “Everything went really well, and we expect him to be back at some point in the earlier parts of training camp.”
The setback will likely be costly for Williams’ bid to be the backup since he isn’t due back until training camp starts. However, it is not a death sentence for the rookie to see snaps this season.
Williams has an every-down back skill set. While he is unlikely to play every snap on offense for reasons mentioned above, Williams could still be a great gadget player in year one.
At Notre Dame, Williams was a proven runner and pass catcher. Having a weapon like Williams will be helpful for the offense. Additionally, if there is an injury at running back, Williams can fill in and be great at that with his skill set. He is a talented runner and pass catcher if his collegiate career is anything to go off.
Rams moved up in the draft for Kyren Williams 🏻
Both Les Snead and Sean McVay were adamant about being unable to pass on Williams.
— Kyle Williams (@betonthegame) July 11, 2022
Beyond his rookie season, Williams could find himself a consistent spot on the roster. However, as a rookie, Williams likely gets limited snaps, unless injuries pile up at the position.
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