Rams’ Ground game is just getting better
The Rams’ most coveted story to watch throughout training camp has been how their running backing squad will develop following the exclusion of starter Cam Akers for the season after suffering a tear. of Achilles.
In the preseason opener against the Chargers a week ago, the committee of Xavier Jones, Jake Funk and Raymond Calais totaled just 47 yards in a group. They averaged less than 2.5 yards per carry as they never found the footing to smash a big one against the Chargers defense.
However, their efforts against the Raiders were very different. The three rushers totaled 90 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Bryce Perkins also entered the mix, clocking up nine carries for 41 yards.
“Just seeing him get into that rhythm and get us there was amazing,” Jones said of his quarterback. “I had total confidence in him. I knew he could do coins.
Jones himself had a better night, recording seven carries for 29 yards. In addition, his final line would have been even better if several attempts had not been canceled by penalties. The Rams committed 10 penalties overnight for 84 yards.
Funk led the way on the ground among the rushers, averaging eight yards per attempt. He displayed deviousness, proper vision in traffic, which ultimately propelled him to a game-high 19-yard run, which he interrupted.
“I saw a lot of Funk,” McVay said after the game. “I think he did a good job. I thought Xavier (Jones) had done a few plays. You saw him catch a few assists and be able to create a little bit. But I really felt Funk tonight. “I thought he did a great job being able to create explosive tracks, one from the point, one from the staggered gun. But it was good to see these guys making plays.”
Overall, McVay seems happy with the development of his young rushers. While Calais suffered a foot / ankle injury against the Raiders that will require surgery, Funk and Jones appear to be carving out their roles ahead of the Week 1 opener.
Whether the Rams are looking to add a veteran following another injury in the running hall is something to watch out for in the coming days or weeks.
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Nick Cothrel is the editor of Ram Digest. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickCothrel.