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Benny Snell named potential trade target for Rams after Cam Akers injury

July 21, 2021 07:36PM
This seems more along the lines of what the Rams might do IMO. The names on the list of 16 are more recognizable but this seems like the diamond in the rough approach that the Rams are more in position to take.

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Every year there are major injuries at the running back position, some of which occur before the season even begins. Well, this year is no different.

Running back is not a difficult position to find a replacement at if your starter goes down, but your depth is likely lacking after an injury. When Le’Veon Bell held out during the 2018 season, James Conner came in and softened the blow of not having Bell on the field. However, it is not comforting as a fan when your backups are now Stevan Ridley, Jaylen Samuels, and Trey Edmunds. Having Conner as the backup and Ridley as the third stringer would have been a much better scenario.

In fantasy football, it is a killer if you draft the starter that gets injured, but if you snagged their backup at a later point in the draft, you are feeling on top of the world. Sometimes, the backup may be available on the waiver wire and you are able to replace the injured starter you drafted, but if you cannot get to him in time, you just lost one of your only reliable running backs and have no way to replace him.

On Tuesday morning, it was reported that Rams running back Cam Akers suffered a ruptured achilles and could potentially miss the entire season. Backup running back Darrell Henderson, who was my highest rated running back in the 2019 NFL Draft, will now become the full-time starter.

Unfortunately, this injury leaves the Rams with very little depth. Running back Xavier Jones, a former undrafted free agent, seems to be the favorite for the backup job as of now, but he has not yet played an offensive snap in the NFL. Maryland rookie Jake Funk, who the Steelers reportedly had interest in before the draft, probably has the most upside of the bunch, but he struggled to stay healthy in college and is just a seventh round pick. After being released by the Buccaneers, 2020 seventh round pick Raymond Calais was signed by Los Angeles, but early indications point to him being used primarily on special teams. Otis Anderson is the only other running back currently on the roster, and he is only an undrafted free agent that was never the lead back during his time at UCF.


Whether it be via free agency or trading, the Rams are likely to add someone before the season, even if it is not a household name. After the way things ended with Todd Gurley in Los Angeles, a reunion seems unlikely. Le’Veon Bell is still on the market, and he would likely be an ideal fit for Sean McVay’s offense, but would a team with Super Bowl aspirations and improving chemistry want to bring in a guy that would bring as many distractions as Bell would? The Chiefs tried last year, and although he did not seem to be a major distraction during his time with the team, he was a shell of his former self on the field. He also burned down bridges on his way out, calling out Andy Reid for not giving him the playing time he had expected to get.

Perhaps a less controversial player that fits Sean McVay’s scheme is the way the Rams choose to go. In an article by Nathan Jahnke at Pro Football Focus, Steelers running back Benny Snell was mentioned as a potential trade target. Here is what Jahnke had to say about the potential move.

Benny Snell Jr. would be the biggest trade option for the Rams. He already appears to be the odd man out after Pittsburgh drafted Najee Harris. Snell has earned the 14th-best rushing grade on outside zone and man runs over the past three seasons at 79.0.

This is a very interesting suggestion. It is true that Snell is in danger of missing the roster, and if the Steelers could acquire a late round pick for him, it would be an excellent move by the Steelers front office.

However, the chances of the Rams biting seem iffy at best. Now, Geoffrey Benedict and K.T. Smith could elaborate on Snell’s running style in comparison to Sean McVay’s scheme much better than I could, but if we are going strictly off who would be the best complement to Darrell Henderson and who is the most attractive option for the Rams, a player such as James Robinson makes much more sense for the Rams. It is clear that Urban Meyer does not hold Robinson in as high esteem as the previous coaching staff, as they just spend a first round pick on Travis Etienne. Plus, Robinson would not likely be overly expensive to trade for, as the Rams would likely have to trade only a fourth or fifth round pick for Robinson. Trading for Snell would only cost a sixth or seventh round pick, but you are getting a much more productive back in Robinson.

Patriots running back Sony Michel is another player who could potentially be dealt or cut altogether. Damien Harris seems to be gaining steam as the top back in New England, and Michel cannot seem to avoid the injury bug. After the Texans added Mark Ingram and Philip Lindsay to the fold, David Johnson is another player who could be on the move.

Would Snell be a better fit for Sean McVay’s system than most of the options currently available in free agency? Possibly, but considering the other potential trade options and free agents that could be available after roster cutdowns, it would be a surprise if the Rams chose Benny Snell, especially when you consider that he himself could be cut and available for the taking in just a matter of weeks.

But what do you think of a potential Snell trade? Would you approve of such a move? Do you think there is any chance somebody offers anything of value for Snell’s services? Do you think Snell makes the 53-man roster in Pittsburgh? Be sure to light up the comment section with your thoughts on this topic and all things Pittsburgh Steelers!
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  These 16 running backs are free agents; could any of them replace Cam Akers?

BerendsenRam421July 21, 2021 09:25AM

  Re: These 16 running backs are free agents; could any of them replace Cam Akers?

ramBRO106July 21, 2021 09:41AM

  at first glance

LMU93193July 21, 2021 09:53AM

  Agree....

roman18105July 21, 2021 10:06AM

  Re: Agree....

moklerman68July 21, 2021 10:31AM

  Re: Agree....

LMU9344July 21, 2021 11:06AM

  Re: Agree....But, a lead dog id what I'm looking for.

oldschoolramfan45July 21, 2021 11:15AM

  49'ers went to a SB with RBC

promomasterj41July 21, 2021 11:29AM

  Re: Agree....But, a lead dog id what I'm looking for.

LMU9339July 21, 2021 11:58AM

  Re: Agree....

moklerman29July 21, 2021 12:29PM

  Re: Agree....

Rams4335July 21, 2021 12:40PM

  I don't think it gets better than Peterson.

alyoshamucci35July 21, 2021 06:07PM

  In this case, his past makes a difference for me... (nm)

JamesJM16July 21, 2021 06:35PM

  IMO what we need is not so much Peterson to rip off...

roman1833July 21, 2021 12:35PM

  Re: at first glance

ramBRO44July 21, 2021 10:42AM

  Duke Johnson is 27 & has averaged 50 receptions a year (drafted by Rams' Farmer)

Rams Junkie51July 21, 2021 02:23PM

  Re: Duke Johnson is 27 & has averaged 50 receptions a year (drafted by Rams' Farmer)

moklerman38July 21, 2021 03:17PM

  There is a neck injury as well

Rams Junkie31July 21, 2021 03:34PM

  Cold, hard, truth

moklerman42July 21, 2021 04:22PM

  but a situational guy is exactly what they (might) need

LMU9320July 22, 2021 04:13AM

  Re: but a situational guy is exactly what they (might) need

zn18July 22, 2021 07:24PM

  One thing I suspect that many of us are overlooking…

Rams4387July 21, 2021 12:49PM

  Re: One thing I suspect that many of us are overlooking…

Florida_Ram59July 21, 2021 04:17PM

  Well, that brings up defining 'elite'...

JamesJM26July 21, 2021 04:31PM

  Re: Well, that brings up defining 'elite'...

dzrams19July 21, 2021 06:34PM

  I don't think it changes..

JamesJM20July 21, 2021 06:42PM

  Re: These 16 running backs are free agents; could any of them replace Cam Akers?

Classicalwit30July 21, 2021 05:09PM

  I see a trade wit

ferragamo7945July 21, 2021 05:49PM

  Benny Snell named potential trade target for Rams after Cam Akers injury

moklerman78July 21, 2021 07:36PM

  Re: Benny Snell named potential trade target for Rams after Cam Akers injury

AlbaNY_Ram46July 22, 2021 03:11AM

  Ito Smith has a Raheem Morris connection

Rams Junkie24July 22, 2021 01:31PM

  Would rather see what Rams have on roster right now

HornsUpRamily!15July 22, 2021 01:41PM