Flying With Kyren
Flyin with Kyren
Rookie running back Kyren Williams is finally getting his chance to showcase himself as the lead back for the Los Angeles Rams. Williams started the season on the IR due to a high-ankle injury but has since then made his debut week 10 against the Cardinals. He finished as the RB 34 in full PPR scoring with 6.9 points due to his receiving numbers. Since the week 10 debut, he has moved up the depth chart to starting for the Rams in week 13 against the Seahawks. Williams was already starting to out snap Akers 38-16 in their game against Kansas City in week 12. This has proved that he is already earning the trust of Sean McVay.
Williams is a 5 foot 9 inch back out of Notre Dame taken in the 5th round of the draft. Williams averaged 5.1 yards per attempt while in college as well as finding the end zone 31 times his final two seasons. The last two seasons when he was the full time back for the team, Williams eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and had over 300 yards receiving.
The team has been decimated by injuries all year. Six linemen have been placed on the injured reserve as well as offensive weapons QB Matthew Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp and WR Allen Robinson II slated to miss the rest of the season. Additionally the Rams are choosing to start Williams over fellow RB Cam Akers due to illness/having a lost season. RB Darrell Henderson surprisingly got cut after the week 11 game against the Saints. With all the changes on the offense, this has allowed Williams to show more and more what he can do on the field. The Rams started the season with the 13th best offensive line, but with injuries this line ranks brings the offensive line ranking all the way down to 29th in the league.
Although Kyren will be starting this game, he has an uphill battle to score points. With other big contributors on offense being out, this will open up big opportunities as well. Whether it is Bryce Perkins or John Wolford starting at quarterback they will be in a hurry to get the ball out of their hands either by passing or handing the ball off. And that will be when Williams will capitalize. He has shown already that he can be a three down back when need be. Look for Williams to have a great game and keep the starting job for the rest of the season.