Rams, Cam Akers, Johnny Hecker discussed on The Lead

The Lead


SoFi Stadium, the rams versus the San Francisco forty-niners. Forty-niners won the toss they defer to the rams get the ball to start the day. And to return from Brandon Powell. Cam Akers is in full uniform for the first time since the awful injury. And he's ready. Stafford underneath to acres just into the game in his first game action. Since tearing his Achilles tendon back in July, they thought he would be lost for the year. He healed faster than most wood and here he is. He gets 8 touches and every single time you watch him catch the ball or take a hand off. Your entire body clenches up, right? You're like, please don't hit this guy. Please don't get hurt, but the rams sort of operated fearlessly, and you did not see that hesitation from them to get him involved in the game, which I think sent a huge signal out that this really this was about to be real. Well, acres was miked up for that game. You can hear other players talking about his comeback, almost in awe, including his teammate, Johnny hecker, the punter. Congratulations, man. Thanks. Awesome, dude. Thank you. There's no short of miraculous man. Man, appreciate it. Nothing short of miraculous in Johnny hecker's words. With that in mind, Jordan, can you just put this in perspective for us? Have you ever seen a comeback like this and all your time covering the NFL? Not only have I never seen a comeback from an injury of this magnitude, a full Achilles tear in this amount of time, it has never been done before. No NFL player has ever come back from a full Achilles tear and played and not just participated, but actually played and played hard and played well in a football game, 5 and a half months after the initial suffering of the injury. And it really does signal, I think a change in what we know of about these injuries and what we know about this process. And I think when you saw a lot of players from even San Francisco, approaching cam Akers on the sideline, you felt almost this hope coming from them that even if the worst thing that could happen to me happens, it might be okay, ultimately, I might be able to get back. And I think that's what he represents. I think for the rams too, he has just represented such resilience. They've really rallied around the fact that he has done this thing. They know how hard and how difficult it was. And they are using that as their own motivation. He's back. He did this to get back with us. And now we have to keep going and giving it everything we have because we have to keep him out here as much as we can so that he can experience this after he did this thing for us. Coming up, there's another big hurdle ahead for cam Akers in the rams to try to knock off the defending Super Bowl champs. In Tampa, on Sunday. The new year is a great time to plan for the future, like the one you can have with a degree from university of Maryland global campus, and accredited state university, UMG has been online for over 20 years, helping working adults and service members learn the skills they need for the careers they want. And with no application fee through February 14th, there's no better time to start. UMG offers online courses more than 90° specializations and certificates in career relevant fields and no cost digital resources replacing most textbooks. Classes start soon. Get started today with no application fee through February 14th. Learn more at UMG EDU slash podcast. What's the best workout program? The one that is custom built just for you. Future is the new workout experience that pairs you one on one with your own fitness coach. Your coach will map out a plan based on your goals with workouts delivered to your phone each week. Future, your Apple watch and the app all pair seamlessly. So you and your coach can track your progress, celebrate achievements and keep you accountable every day. Get started right now with 50% off your first three months at try future dot com slash lead. Our sponsor is municipal, a new performance, sports apparel brand cofounded by Mark Wahlberg. Why would mark start a new company when you could wear anything he wants? Well, mark and the team there have literally worn everything from every brand over the years, but they're frustrated that nobody was making things they truly wanted. The most comfortable versatile stylish versions of the stuff you wear every day, like workout and lifestyle tease. The world's best hoodies, the most comfortable boxer briefs, high performing shorts and pants and phenomenal headwear. Municipal calls their apparel sport utility gear. They're dedicated to the transformative power of self belief and inspiring us all to get active. And to look and feel great while doing it. Having gotten a chance to wear some of the gear myself, I can say it's durable, versatile, and extremely comfortable. Like you've already owned it for years. So whether you're updating your wardrobe or looking for the perfect gift, check out comfortable, stylish, and versatile sport utility gear from municipal. Go to municipal dot com slash lead for 25% off your order. So Jordan, this weekend, it's the rams against the bucks in the divisional round. What are the keys for the rams to get this done? It's really tough to run the ball in Tampa, but they're going to have to try to at least establish some sort of a running game. And the importance with having cam makers back is, again, you can add that versatility. You can add those layers, very small nuances, very small changes that really have a big ripple effect against an opposing line because they have to adjust every single time if there's a change. Teams have done this against the rams all year in terms of offering an illustrating small nuances and their run game that have really hassled them at times. And now it's the rams turn to try to do those things and try to use those weapons that they have using that explosiveness from cam and the steadiness with Sony Michelle as sort of a one two punch. And this probably will be a much higher volume passing game just based on the matchup. But I would also expect cam Akers to be worked into that passing game as we saw, even catching a pass from Odell Beckham. In the wild card round. Here's Odell Beckham, junior, he wants to throw it. Got Amanda, the sideline. It's cam Akers. And the rams are in done yet. With some razzle dazzle Hollywood style. Gave a 40 OBJ to acres the longest play of the night. And finally, Jordan, the rams are now two wins away from a Super Bowl appearance in their home stadium. When it comes to camp makers, as you had mentioned earlier, there's a feel good element to him just getting back onto the field. But given that he led the team and carries in their last game, it seems like this is already starting to move past that. So can you see acres who wasn't even supposed to play actually being a catalyst for the rams making a run to the Super Bowl? Yeah, I think he's an emotional catalyst for them in terms of, again, his spirit and his joy and his aggressiveness that he plays with is something that is infectious and really something that his lineman love fellow running backs coaches really love. It gives them that extra oomph that extra layer, not just of technicality and the run game that teams have to counter, but also just that personality within the entire offense can permeate and be really, really aggressive and physical if you have a player with his demeanor and the way that he runs the ball. But in terms of production, he is not slowing down. It's very clear that they are going to use him as a lead running back, if not have a complimentary Carrie share with Sony Michelle through this stretch. And a couple of years ago, the rams went on a Super Bowl run after signing a set of quote unquote fresh legs in CJ Anderson, who helped them get to the Super Bowl offering a level of physicality and freshness to their run game that they really, really needed to get them over that final stretch at that time. And it's interesting because it's almost like you're seeing a little bit of flashbacks with that except with a player who was not supposed to even return. And.

Coming up next