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Minnesota Vikings Acquire RB Cam Akers From Los Angeles Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers was acquired by the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, continuing their aggressive strategy to address their rushing issues.

The Rams will receive a conditional sixth-round pick and the Vikings will receive a conditional seventh-round pick as part of the deal, which is still subject to a physical.

After parting ways with former starter Dalvin Cook and bringing in longstanding back-up Alexander Mattison, the Vikings have an NFL-low 69 running yards this year. Additionally, they have only tried 23 running back carries while focusing much of their offensive through a passing game that has generated the second-most yards (674) in the NFL.

Coach Kevin O’Connell has stated numerous times recently that he wants the running game to become more dependable and effective given the Vikings’ 0-2 start to the season. In an effort to insert guard Dalton Risner into the starting lineup soon, the Vikings signed him as a free agent on Tuesday.

With the acquisition of Akers on Wednesday, he was reunited with O’Connell and the offensive coordinator for the Vikings Wes Phillips, who were both with the Rams in 2020 and 2021.

Since backup Kene Nwangwu sustained a back injury during training camp and ultimately was placed on injured reserve, the Vikings have been looking for depth behind Mattison.

In addition to signing veteran Myles Gaskin after the Miami Dolphins dropped him as part of their final roster cuts, they welcomed free agent Kareem Hunt for a visit in August.

Ty Chandler, a second-year player, has been Mattison’s backup for the first two games, but he has only played 19 running back snaps. It’s unclear whether Akers will take Chandler’s place on the depth chart or if the Vikings would try to promote him to Mattison’s position.

The deal puts an ambiguous period of distancing between Akers and the Rams to an end. Akers’ deactivation last week was, according to coach Sean McVay, a “coach’s decision” taken in the “best interest” of the club.

Akers wrote on X, “I’m just as confused as everyone else” before the Rams’ matchup with the San Francisco 49ers I am fortunate though.

On Monday, McVay called Akers’ social media post “surprising.”

When the season was in the middle of last year, Akers spent nearly a month away from the Rams after McVay claimed they looked into giving the running back “a fresh new start with another team.” Akers needs to act with more urgency, McVay told reporters earlier in the year. The scenario with Akers “is different” from what happened the previous season, McVay stated on Sunday, without going into any detail.

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