During his rookie season, Akers showed flashes of what the Rams thought he could be. Then, during the team’s playoff run, the former Florida State tailback turned into a dominant force.
With Akers gone, head coach Sean McVay suggested the Rams wouldn’t be making a trade for a running back. He thought the team had solid running back depth with Darrell Henderson, Jake Funk and a few others.
However, early Wednesday morning, that turned out to be untrue. While most of the country was sleeping, the Rams and New England Patriots agreed on a trade to send running back Sony Michel to Los Angeles.
The Rams announced the news on social media.
We've got a new face in LA ‼️
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 25, 2021
According to multiple reports, the Rams shipped a fifth and a sixth-round pick to the Patriots for the former first-round running back. Those picks reportedly turn into a fourth-round pick if the Rams receive a conditional fourth-round pick following the 2021 free agency cycle.
The Patriots selected Michel with the penultimate pick of the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. He had a solid rookie season, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards.
Unfortunately, he took a step back during the 2019 season and suffered several injuries during the 2020 campaign.
Now with a fresh start, Michel could push Henderson for the starting role.