In his last 10 games, including the playoffs, Akers has averaged 20.5 touches per game, and cleared 18 touches in seven of those 10 games. It’s pretty clear that the Rams want Akers to be their bell cow. The question is whether he’s able to fully recover from the Achilles tear that cost him most of the 2021 season. He was woefully inefficient in his return, gaining a woeful 135 yards on 72 carries (1.88 yards per carry!) in five games. There is not much data that supports the notion that he will return to form, but the surgery to repair a torn Achilles has changed over the last several years, so most of the data pointing to return-from-surgery struggles is dated. Akers is young, which certainly helps his outlook, and he was solid as a rookie, so we know that he’s good. The offensive line is strong as well, so it really comes down to whether Akers’ explosiveness returns by training camp.