Six points with David Dorey

Friday’s quick look at six fantasy items to know

Heading into Week 13, the teams that remain in contention get smaller and smaller in the NFL and in fantasy. This is the time top fantasy teams hope they can coast into their playoffs while the contenders have to fret over picking a defense or kicker because every point may count.

There is still transition on NFL teams though most of it is still related to the injury impacts. Starting now, teams slide into the “next year” mentality and will try out new players to evaluate their rosters.

Hopefully your still in the thick of the playoff race. Even if you aren’t, there’s always something to learn for next year.

Six items for this weekend:

1.) The Jets backfield – It was a surprise to see that James Robinson was inactive last week and that Zonovan “Pardon me?” Knight took his place. It was even more surprising to see Knight lead the offense with 14 carries for 69 yards. And no one was more surprised than James Robinson. Ty Johnson was given five carries and gained 62 yards that included a 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.  Robinson spoke with his RB coach and was told that the backfield will always be a committee approach and could change week to week.

HC Robert Saleh said that Knight had earned a spot in the rotation as the undrafted rookie was on the practice squad up until last weekend. He said that Robinson was still learning the system. Also notable, the trade for Robinson was for a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-round pick if he gained 600 rushing yards. Robinson is currently at 415 yards.

What makes this even more interesting is that Michael Carter injured his ankle and hasn’t practiced yet. He may miss this game depending on what happens (or doesn’t) in Friday practice. The beauty of Breece Hall was that he handled around 20 touches per game and was a lock for a full-time workload. The Jets backfield is getting very hard to rely on right when fantasy playoffs are coming into focus.

2.) Deshaun Watson (CLE) – Needless to say, all everyone will watch Watson’s debut for the Browns against his old team. Maybe it won’t be much more than a rusty quarterback in  new system that likes to run and he does starts slowly. Maybe having a playbook and some practice time is all he needed. Maybe the media, Houston fans, and potential protesters will make this all into a circus.  At 4-7, the Browns have fallen from contention but there is every reason to want to end on a high note. This feels like a messy way to start.
It looks like Watson will be without David Njoku, so beware of assuming patterns to persist from his first game. It will also be interesting to see how much he runs.

3.)  WR Rashid Shaheed (NO) – Speaking of teams that are no longer in contention, the 4-8 Saints are sticking (at least for now) with Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback. But they have ramped up the use of undrafted rookie wideout Shaheed. The ex-Weber State receiver played there for five years as a kick and punt returner and totaled 146 receptions. His small school and lack of production left him out of the NFL draft but he’s become the No. 3 wideout in New Orleans.

He played almost as many snaps as Chris Olave (38) or Jarvis Landry (32) last week and had 28 in Week 11. The Saints are giving him a chance to be more than just a returner. He ran in a 44-yard touchdown in Week 6 and then caught a 53-yard score in Week 7. He’s been sparsely used but last Sunday, he ran once for six yards and caught passes of 35- and 18-yards as the Saints started to explore their roster more. He’s done well in abbreviated use and they are looking to involve him more. He’s 6-0 and is estimated to run between 4.3 and 4.4 40-time.

4.) Houston offense – The Texans once again spent their season trying to get their offense to stop sputtering and gain some consistent firepower. That happened in part with Dameon Pierce, who exceeded all expectations with six games of 100+ total yards and four scores in the first nine games. But Week 11 versus the Commanders was just ten runs for eight yards. Week 12 saw the same eight yards on five rushes in the loss to Miami. The Texans lost almost all their previous games, so why stop handing off to the only thing that used to work?

HC Lovie Smith, no doubt feeling the weight of losing, said that the change in workload was related to the ground game not showing enough to warrant forcing the carries in the backfield. They are at that part of a season gone bad where the fans and owners need to see there is still an attempt to find something that works better, hence the change to Kyle Allen at quarterback. The Texans may continue to focus on the pass at the expense of Pierce. Allen threw 39 passes in his debut, while Davis Mills only turned in one of his ten starts with that many passes. It hasn’t changed much for Brandin Cooks or Nico Collins yet, but at least Jordan Akins had a season-high game last week.

5.)  49ers backfield – For a unit that has so much fantasy potential, it is just getting to be a bigger headache to expect reliable results. Elijah Mitchell is out again with a <just pick something> for the next six or eight weeks, which is another way to say “maybe the playoffs.” Deebo Samuel contributes as a running back but was held out of practice yesterday which was a downgrade from his limited work on Wednesday. Friday practice and the injury report will disclose his status, but he is not trending in the right direction. That leaves just Christian McCaffrey from the A-Team.

He left last week complaining about knee irritation and then missed practice on Wednesday. According to HC Kyle Shanahan, the problem was caused by his knee brace.  McCaffrey said he would play this week, but he has made it deeper into this season than he did in 2020 or 2021. Just saying.

Even with McCaffrey there, the 49ers need to mix in one or two other backs. That should fall on Jordan Mason, Tyrion Price-Davis or even Tevin Coleman who is on the practice squad after being released earlier this season. The 49ers need at least one of them to assume the role for Elijah Mitchell. They may regret trading Jeff Wilson. If one of the three is allowed a significant amount of touches (compared to the other two backs), then he could offer surprising fantasy value and if McCaffrey was to miss time or be rested, it could allow one of the three to become a rarity – a new primary back in a great offense with good blocking in the final month of the season.

6.)  WR DeSean Jackson (BAL) – Sure, he is 36 years old. He changed teams six times and hasn’t scored more than twice in a season since 2018. He’s played in just two games as a Raven, but last week his two catches for 74 yards included a 62-yard gain in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Jaguars. Rashod Bateman left in Week 9 and Devin Duvernay is locked under 25 yards per game. Demarcus Robinson had one good showing in Week 11 but only one catch last week.

Jackson is more of a Daily Fantasy play. The Ravens need the help in the passing offense and there are a few soft secondaries looming that he could potentially exploit – Steelers twice and the Falcons with their No. 32 ranked pass defense. Again – no one has gotten rich off Jackson in many years, but he could help the Ravens while offering a cheap Daily play with upside.

Taylor Embree talked to James Robinson about frustrations, said it will be always be committee

Taylor Embree trying to smooth things over with James Robinson after his frustrations over lack of usage.

Running back James Robinson was a surprise inactive in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears, opening the door for Ty Johnson and Zonovan Knight to make their mark this season. They did just that, combining for 131 yards on 19 carries in New York’s 31-10 win to move to 7-4.

Many folks were excited about the win. Robinson, however, began growing frustrated with his usage, or lack thereof.

“Obviously, I didn’t come here not to play,” Robinson said Wednesday, via ESPN. “Obviously, they brought me here for a reason. I don’t expect anything unless I work for it, and I’ve been working my ass off. Me not playing pisses me off.”

Robinson knew ahead of time he would not play against the Bears. He was told on Wednesday of last week by running backs coach Taylor Embree.

“Obviously, I was upset about it,” he said. “I don’t know what they have planned for me.”

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Embree shed some light on the running back situation and Robinson’s frustrations.

Embree said it will always be a committee with their system and it is a week-by-week situation. But he does understand Robinson’s frustration.

“I told him I’d be mad if you weren’t mad you weren’t playing,” Embree said. “We want guys who want to play.”

Robinson wants to play and doesn’t believe there’s any issue with him in the Jets’ system.

“I mean, picking up the runs, that’s easy,” said Robinson. “The thing is getting used to the pass game, protections and I feel like I’ve picked up that stuff up pretty good.”

Head coach Robert Saleh explained that he wanted to give Knight a chance in the rotation and that Robinson is still getting comfortable in the Jets’ zone scheme. He did add “no one has seen the last of (Robinson).”

In three games with the Jets since being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Robinson has rushed 25 times for 75 yards. 48 of those yards came in Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills. He also caught a touchdown pass in that Bills game.

The Jets are currently set to send a sixth-round pick to the Jaguars as part of the trade. It would become a fifth-round pick if Robinson hits 600 rushing yards this season. He currently sits at 415.

Robinson may get an opportunity Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Michael Carter has missed two days of practice and is trending toward missing Week 13. That could make Robinson the third running back this week behind Johnson and Knight. How the Jets divvy up the workload with that trio would be something to watch.

It’s just like Saleh said: “With that entire running back room, it’s going to be a week-to-week thing.”

 

 

 

The Jets aren’t using James Robinson, which doesn’t help the Jaguars

James Robinson was a healthy scratch for the Jets in Week 12. That’s unfortunate for the Jaguars.

A fifth-round draft pick from the New York Jets seemed like an inevitable return when the Jacksonville Jaguars traded James Robinson in October. Now it’s starting to look unlikely.

When the Jaguars traded Robinson to the Jets on Oct. 24, the compensation was a sixth-round selection that would elevate to a fifth-rounder if the running back finished the 2022 season with at least 600 rushing yards. At the time, Robinson was already at 340 yards and had 10 games in New York to get the last 260.

But after managing only 75 yards in his first three games with the Jets, Robinson was a healthy scratch for the team’s Week 12 win over the Chicago Bears.

“Obviously, I didn’t come here not to play,” Robinson told ESPN’s Rich Cimini this week. “Obviously, they brought me here for a reason. I don’t expect anything unless I work for it, and I’ve been working my ass off. Me not playing pisses me off.”

With Robinson watching from the sideline, the Jets instead gave undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight the majority of the touches Sunday. Knight finished with 69 rushing yards on 14 attempts and got another 34 yards on three receptions.

Knight’s production, Robinson’s lackluster numbers since the trade, and the potential to keep a fifth-round pick all mean there’s little reason for the Jets to put the former Jaguars player back in their lineup.

With six games left on the schedule for the Jets, Robinson needs another 185 rushing yards to reach the benchmark that changes the draft pick. Jacksonville probably shouldn’t count on that coming to fruition.

James Robinson questionable with knee injury after being late addition to report

James Robinson now questionable with knee injury

The Jets added running back James Robinson to the injury report Saturday with a knee injury. After not being on any injury report this week, Robinson was a surprise late addition Saturday after the team’s walkthrough before Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

There didn’t seem to be any concern with Robinson’s knee, with the running back even disagreeing with Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson after his final game in Jacksonville that he was limited due to a knee injury.

If Robinson can’t go — and as a late add like this, he probably won’t be, the Jets still have Michael Carter, Ty Johnson and Zonovan Knight available. We’ll find out for sure around 11:30 Sunday morning.

Six points with David Dorey

Friday’s quick look at six fantasy items to know

Barreling into Week 8, we’re waiting to see that other trades are going to happen as the NFL seems much more willing to swap mistakes extra players and that impacts both teams’ depth charts. We’re at the point in the season where certain players are not having a slow start, it is just a bad year. Injuries are still mixing up weekly lineup options if not reshuffling fantasy rosters as players drain onto the “Big IR” that still lasts for the rest of the season.

We’re not only hitting mid-season with trades, but this is the start of when losing teams start to take a longer look at their players (maybe coaches too) for a depth chart shake up. It never makes sense when a team is continually disappointing to just keep doing the same thing and hope it starts working. So coaches, especially those on a hot seat, need to look like they are still trying to find that magical mixture of players that equates to a win.

Oh, and don’t forget, we get another London game (DEN vs. JAC) at the crack of dawn on Sunday. Bloody Hell.

Six things I’m thinking about for Week 8:

1.) Incoming! – We all love to see a bomb arcing toward a receiver racing downfield. More so if they are in our starting lineups. Here are the top receivers that gained at least 40 yards on a reception.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a slight surprise since he’s tied for No. 16 with 34 catches on the year along with Jaylen Waddle. Tyreek Hill is right behind with three deep catches, but his 57 receptions lead the NFL.  It is also very encouraging to see Chris Olave, Gabriel Davis, and Tyler Boyd among the league leaders despite being the No. 2 receiver for their own team. That bodes well for Boyd stepping up to fill in for Ja’Marr Chase who will miss a batch of weeks.

2.)  QB Sam Ehlinger (IND) – Not unprecedented, but rare when a team opts to send the starting quarterback to the third-string with no intention of using him again. And Ehlinger leap-frogs Nick Foles as the No. 1 so the 3-3-1 Colts think the future starts now with their sixth-round pick of 2021. He’s been seasoning on the bench for a season and a half, so he’s not exactly a rookie thrown to the wolves. When the offense works as designed, they won’t want him throwing a lot of passes.

It is reasonable to expect some hiccups and struggles. But the two things to watch on Sunday are how often the 6-1, 222-pound ex-Texas quarterback runs the ball and who he targets when he passes.  He ran for up to 663 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Longhorns. And his passing trends will differ from what Matt Ryan did. This comes right when Parris Campbell is finally starting to come on in his fourth season. Michael Pittman Jr. is the most talented but most covered. Is the rookie Jelani Woods going to become more involved since rookies often like 6-7 receivers near the line of scrimmage?

3.) WR Darnell Mooney (CHI) – The third-year wideout turned in a breakout year in 2021 with 1,055 yards on 81 catches but he started the season with three games under 25 yards. He still has yet to score, but his stats have improved even if Justin Fields is still stuck at sub-200 yard efforts.  But he’s worth tracking because it looks better for him lately. He notched 94 yards on four catches at the Giants in Week 4 and snared seven passes for 68 yards in his only home game since Week 3.

This week in Dallas will be challenging given the Cowboys defense at home is very good. But right after, the Bears play weaker secondaries of the Dolphins, Lions, Falcons. His best games of 2021 were with Andy Dalton, but Justin Fields is making progress connecting with Mooney in the last month. If they can show any connection in Dallas, the coming month should be much better.

4.) RB Michael CarterJames Robinson (JAC) – All injuries are unwelcomed in the NFL, but snuffing out a rookie that was breaking out as a top player in his position is extra painful. Breece Hall left and for a moment it was 2021 again with Michael Carter as the No. 1 back. And he may continue to be just that. But the backfield is key to the Jets four-game winning streak since Zach Wilson shows no signs of becoming the next, uh, Joe Flacco.  Notable is that Carter (5-8, 201 pounds) isn’t up to the beating of a primary rusher which is why Hall was drafted. Now 5-9, 220-pound Robinson makes up the other half of the offense.

Robinson was a surprise returning from a torn Achilles tendon and was effective for the initial three weeks. But he faded and was outplayed by Travis Etienne. That move was a surprise since Robinson was in the final year of his rookie contract and only cost $547K this year. It’s worth tracking this weekend not just for what the two backs do, but if they do not have success, then Zach Wilson is going to have to throw more than 25 passes per game and then, maybe, Garrett Wilson and even Elijah Moore can see more passes. Wilson in particular was impressive to start the year. Maybe Wilson will have to throw more to him. The loss of Hall couldn’t have been timed worse with the next four weeks facing the Patriots, Bills, bye, and then at the Patriots.

5.)  WR Tyler Boyd (CIN) – – The  loss of Ja’Marr Chase for  4-6 weeks is a major hit for the Bengals who already have a lesser rushing offense than last year. So Tyler Boyd must come up big to keep the offense on track. The Bengals are on a two-game winning streak and Boyd just logged eight catches for 155 yards and a score versus the Falcons last week. He’s up to the task and is a must-start for however long Chase is out. Boyd topped 1,000 yards twice before Chase showed up.

Michael Thomas is the most likely to move into a No. 3 role but the sixth-year wideout has never been more than depth and never caught more than 13 passes in any season. Hayden Hurst is the one that could see a healthy uptick in targets and he’s already been thrown at least seven passes in half of his games. The passes are going to go somewhere. Joe Mixon is also worth watching since he’s already getting three or four receptions. Losing Chase for a month or more will have an impact, but other players will benefit.

6.)   WR Kadarius Toney (KC) – Spinning through Twitter, I read an interesting take on the Toney trade to the Chiefs. It was then lost in the flotsam and jetsam in the river of tweets, but it basically said that Toney would only have two possibilities in Kansas City – a star or a complete bust with nothing in between. He’s been considered an attitude problem and an amazing talent that needs constant supervision and discipline. Every new receiver in Kansas City has gone through plenty of hype and optimism. Toney takes his turn now.

The 1.20 pick of last year played in just 12 of 24 games so far. He’s been on a Giants team that desperately needed wide receivers to step up but did little to help in his ten games played last year. His one big game came in Week 5 when he posted ten catches for 189 yards in the loss at Dallas. He was ejected from that game for punching a defender.  This will be one of the more exciting players to track because he’s landed in a great offense with an opening for someone to step up. And yet he seems to be carrying a lot of baggage for a player that hasn’t really done anything in a season and a half. Just when JuJu Smith-Schuster was looking reliable…

James Robinson pens heartfelt thank you letter to Jaguars fans

“I felt love from Jags fans every step of the way, I really did.”

In his first press conference as a member of the New York Jets, James Robinson said the Jacksonville Jaguars used “knee soreness” as an excuse to bench him in favor of Travis Etienne. But on Thursday, Robinson made it clear that his displeasure with the way his last week in Jacksonville went doesn’t mean he’s holding any grudges against the franchise or its fans.

In a letter addressed to Duval that was posted on The Players’ Tribune, Robinson thanked the team and Jaguars fans for helping to launch his NFL career. Here’s an excerpt from his post, which can be read in full here:

We had our struggles, no way around that. My injury was very tough and came at the worst time. But even with those adversities, I’ll also look back on being a Jaguar with so many positive feelings.

I felt like I found different parts of my game and showed what I was capable of. I’m proud of how I came back from my Achilles. And I felt love from Jags fans every step of the way, I really did. I heard the cheers outside the facility, I saw my name on a few jerseys at The Bank. There are some great people in Duval, and great football people. The support meant a lot to me. And it still does, even on my way out.

And things are looking better for the Jags — the sky’s the limit for those guys. Even with these losses, there’s a lot of buy-in. Trev, Travis … and they got some boys on D … they’ll continue to be game changers for a long time. It’s a good culture. And I feel proud to have been a part of that.

Robinson signed off by wishing the Jaguars luck for the rest of the 2022 season, although he did write “except on December 22” when the Jets host the Jaguars in Week 16.

In 35 career games with the Jaguars, Robinson rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns along with 612 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions. The sixth-round pick the Jaguars received for Robinson will be elevated to a fifth-rounder if Robinson reaches 600 rushing yards this season.

Jaguars OC Press Taylor: JaMycal Hasty has ‘earned the trust’ of team, coaches

JaMycal Hasty is set to take on a bigger role and Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor says it’s well deserved.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to trade James Robinson to the New York Jets cleared the way for Travis Etienne Jr. to take the lion’s share of the carries for the team. But it also means more snaps for JaMycal Hasty, who was bumped up to second on the depth chart at running back after the deal.

Hasty, 26, spent the first two seasons of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers before he was cut at the end of training camp. The Jaguars claimed Hasty off waivers and he quickly supplanted fifth-round rookie Snoop Conner as the third option in the Jacksonville backfield.

In Week 6, Hasty broke free for a 61-yard touchdown rush and now — with Robinson off to New York — he’s set to take on a bigger role that offensive coordinator Press Taylor says is well deserved.

“I think he’s earned the trust of a lot of guys; coaches, players, everything,” Taylor told reporters Thursday. “Our confidence in him has grown, I think his confidence in his own understanding of the system has probably grown.”

While it was becoming increasingly clear that Robinson wasn’t the best fit in Doug Pederson’s offense, the question remains if the Jaguars will struggle to convert short-yardage situations without him. Taylor said he’s confident all of the Jacksonville backs can thrive in any given situation, but he singled out Hasty as one who has shown it on the field.

“We have the versatility from our skill guys to be able to do a lot of different things, I think you saw that nobody anticipated the Indianapolis short yardage play, JaMycal taking it 60 yards,” Taylor said. “We needed a yard, and we were trying to emphasize that with him, we were confident that he was a guy that could go get a yard in that particular play, and he turned it into a 60-yarder. That was a short-yard situation, we put him on it, he did a great job executing it, everybody did across the board.”

Hasty scored one touchdown in each of his first two seasons with the 49ers, but recorded only 216 rushing yards during his time with the team. The former Baylor standout joined San Francisco as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft.

Travis Etienne: James Robinson ‘hid some of the flaws in my game’

Travis Etienne says he has to “grow up fast” now that James Robinson is no longer around to help him.

The Jacksonville Jaguars backfield belongs to Travis Etienne Jr. now after the team traded away third-year running back James Robinson earlier this week. But Etienne wasn’t exactly jumping for joy to see his friend get sent to the New York Jets.

“I feel like we were really coming on together, really meshing together, really complementing each other’s game,” Etienne told reporters in the locker room Wednesday, via 1010XL. “When you’ve got a guy like that, you picture big things. It didn’t come to fruition, but it’s not to say we’re not going to both be great. We’re just going to be great on our own terms. That’s just the business of it.”

When asked if he was excited about the opportunity to take on the lion’s share of the carries, Etienne said he had mixed feelings.

“That’s a tricky question because I feel like James really hid some of the flaws in my game so early in my career,” Etienne said. “But I feel like it’s on me to grow up really fast. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to put in that extra work and grow up fast.

“As a competitor, you want to be that guy. Now that’s here and I have my now plate to look at and I don’t have to take off no one else’s plate. That’s why I’m going to put my head down, work, and get really good at the things they pay me to do.”

Part of what made Robinson an expendable player for the Jaguars was Etienne’s recent emergence. He’s topped 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the last three weeks and scored his first career touchdown in Week 7.

James Robinson says Jaguars used injury as ‘excuse’ to phase him out

James Robinson doesn’t sound too pleased about how his time with the Jaguars ended.

The New York Jets’ newly acquired running back James Robinson doesn’t sound too happy about how his final week as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars went down.

On Sunday — one day before Robinson was traded by the Jaguars — he had zero touches in a loss to the New York Giants. Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that the running back was dealing with “lower body issues” that he later specifically characterized as “knee soreness.” Two days later, Robinson confirmed that his knees were a little banged up, but said the decision to keep him out of action was about more than that.

“Travis [Etienne] is a great guy, great running back. I kind of thought it was going to be a one-two punch kind of thing,” Robinson said. “I think [the Jaguars] probably fell out of that a little bit. So I feel like they’re using my not feeling healthy as an excuse, I guess.

“There’s gonna be soreness. Drains in the knee. That’s stuff I’ve been through already there. But I feel good now.”

Robinson also said that “the communication was really not there” between he and Jaguars coaches, and said that he was given no prior notice that a trade could be coming.

Hours before Robinson was traded, Pederson told reporters that the team still felt as though the Jaguars offense was at its best when both Etienne and Robinson were involved. On Wednesday, he said the team wasn’t shopping Robinson “at all” before the Jets called to inquire about him on Monday.

While Robinson wasn’t too happy with Pederson’s decision to keep him on the sideline in Week 7, the running back isn’t too broken up about being a member of the Jets.

In the first three games of the season, Robinson scored four total touchdowns with the Jaguars and recorded 230 rushing yards. In this last four games with the team, Robinson rushed for only 110 yards and scored zero touchdowns.

James Robinson trade shows Rams may not get much for Cam Akers

The Jaguars got a conditional 6th-rounder for James Robinson. Can the Rams get any more than that for Cam Akers?

The Los Angeles Rams have been shopping Cam Akers on the trade market for the last week or so, finding no takers for the third-year running back. They’ve had discussions with teams about Akers, according to Sean McVay, but no deal has come to fruition yet.

If the Rams are expecting to get anything better than a late-round pick for Akers, they’ll probably need to think again. Monday night’s deal involving James Robinson shows Los Angeles most likely won’t get much for its running back before the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

The Jaguars traded Robinson to the Jets for a conditional sixth-round pick, giving New York its replacement for injured rookie Breece Hall. That pick can become a fifth-rounder if Robinson rushes for 600 yards this season, which is very possible.

The Jets seemed like a perfect fit for Akers after Hall tore his ACL, but they found a running back they liked more – and for only a Day 3 pick. Like Akers, Robinson came into the NFL in 2020. And like Akers, he also suffered a torn Achilles, which occurred at the end of the 2021 season.

But unlike Akers, Robinson has been a very efficient runner throughout his career. As a rookie, he rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging a healthy 4.5 yards per carry. Last season, he gained 767 yards on the ground and improved his per-carry average (4.7), scoring eight rushing touchdowns.

As a rookie in 2020, Akers averaged 4.3 yards per carry and looked like an explosive back, but he’s fallen off since injuring his Achilles. He averaged 2.6 yards per carry in the playoffs last season and is gaining just 3.0 yards per carry this season.

By most measures, including durability, Robinson has been a better player than Akers so far through two-plus seasons. And if he’s only fetching a sixth-rounder, the Rams will have trouble getting more than that for Akers.

Any team watching his tape in 2022 will come away unimpressed, too, seeing him miss holes and fail to break tackles. Akers still has value, being just 23 years old and only a little more than a year removed from an Achilles tear, but the Rams aren’t in a position where they have much negotiating power with other teams.

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