There’s a veteran TV and radio personality who thinks Cam Akers “Schein” with the Los Angeles Rams this fall.
Adam Schein, who hosts “Schein on Sports” on Sirius XM and “Time to Schein” on CBS Sports Network, unveiled his list of “Nine NFL Bandwagons to Hop on” in 2021 earlier in June on nfl.com. And the one that LA Ram mentioned in its nine? Second-year running back Akers.
The former Florida state 1,000-yard runner ranked No.8 on Schein’s list, with Schein writing, “I’m very high on the Rams this year, believing they will represent the NFC at the Super Bowl of. THE. Akers is a big part of that.
Explain why Akers goes “Schein”
Schein, who has been with “Mad Dog Radio” and with Sirius since 2004, explained at Akers’ breakout night against the New England Patriots in Week 14 why he sold Akers.
“Twenty-nine carries for 171 yards against Bill Belichick’s defense turns heads,” Schein wrote.
Akers followed pull blocks through guards and tight ends on counter races to deliver his escape night against the Pats.
But that’s not the only reason Schein encourages others to get on the Akers train. That dominating performance against eight-time Super Bowl champion Belichick became a prerequisite for Akers’ true potential.
“The guy was a stallion in both LA playoff games, racking up 221 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as well as 51 receiving yards,” Schein recalled.
The 5-foot-10, 217-pound wore out the Seattle Seahawks in the upheaval of the road for the defending NFC West champions in the 2021 NFC Wildcard round. Akers proved again that he can handle the workload of 25 or more: taking 28 transfers and passing the ‘Hawks for 131 yards and a touchdown in the 30-20 win. At one point, Akers totaled 122 yards before halftime. He showed his cutting ability on his only TD that day.
Akers also added two receptions for 45 extra yards, averaging 22.5 yards per catch. He helped pull the Rams out of a 3rd and 9th storyline in the contest.
The Akers and Rams season ended in Green Bay, but he had 90 yards on 18 carries and one scoring, averaging five yards per carry against a stingy Packers defense that placed ninth in the total yards allowed. The Rams even trusted Akers, a former high school quarterback, to handle the direct shots at QB, including on that red zone score.
Days after the Rams’ elimination, Pro Football Focus Fantasy Football revealed that Akers had the most distance after contact in the playoffs.
Schein high on the rams
Schein previously blurted out the Rams as an NFC representative during Super Bowl 2022 at SoFi Stadium, their home with the Chargers. Schein already had what he called an “extra pumped and extra excited” McVay on his radio show, which helped fuel Schein’s belief in the Rams.
And McVay himself praised what Akers can bring to the pitch for the 2021 season, with Schein saying “He’s clearly excited about what Akers can offer in Year 2.”
Overall, Akers is expected to shine ahead of Schein and become a household name in the RB arena.
“I think the former second-round pick can become a legitimate top 10 this year for a championship-caliber team,” Schein said.