The Los Angeles Rams are looking for crumbs to get into Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
Kyren Williams will be a Buccaneers player
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Per the coach Sean McVay’s injury update for fifth-round rookie Kyren Williams on Monday, the Rams could get a much-needed spark.
When asked if Williams would play on Sunday, McVay said, “There’s a chance.” “I thought he did a good job last week; he had a good prep week. I probably wouldn’t rule it out from activating it this week.”
He suffered an ankle injury in the season opener, a 10-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills on September 8. He was aiming to finish third in Los Angeles, behind Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr.
Given Akers’ unknown future and the team’s inconsistent play, Williams could get his chance if he’s up to date.
Nevertheless, the Rams have arguably the worst offense in the NFL, and it’s difficult to see a rookie like Williams directly adjusting that.
LA has the fewest rush attempts (147) and the fewest rush yards (479), while averaging the second-lowest yards per game (68.4). McVay believes in the rookie, but it’s best to keep expectations low.
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“We’re going to use the training week to really see where he is,” McVay said. “He’s a playmaker, he’s a guy I really trust a lot. But he has yet to play in another NFL game other than the one-kick return against Buffalo, where he gets rolled up.
Williams, a 5-9, 199-pound Notre Dame running back, led the Fighting Irish to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, was named ACC Player of the Year in 2020, and rushed for 2,153 yards on 419 carries in 26 games, which lasted the Irish more than two seasons. He also added 151 yards on 14 kick returns in 2021, averaging 10.8 yards per return.
He’ll try to bring some of that potential to bear as soon as Sunday, though Williams will most likely need a few weeks to get going.
About Kyren Williams
|No. 23 – Los Angeles Rams|
|Born:||August 26, 2000
St. Louis, Missouri
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||199 lb (90 kg)|
|High school:||St. John Vianney
|College:||Notre Dame (2019–2021)|
|NFL Draft:||2022 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164|