- Los Angeles Rams' new running back Cam Akers has the third shortest odds to win offensive rookie of the year at +900.
- The Rams are excited they were able to draft Akers, believing he was the best RB in the draft.
- With the Rams offensive plan for this upcoming season, it may not be a bad bet to take the longshot odds on Cam Akers.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers is getting action at online sportsbooks to be the offensive rookie of the year. Akers has the third shortest odds, but players may win big taking the longer odds on the Florida State Seminoles product.
The Rams seem excited, believing they got the best RB in the league. With the Rams rushing offense struggling last season, Akers may have more opportunity to shine thus bettering his chance at the coveted award.
This offensive ROTY award may be a close race, as Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are also in situations where they will get to show off their talents this season.
Cam Akers went under the radar last month, being left out of the top tier RB projections ahead of the NFL Draft by many prospects. Even so, sports bettors have taken enough action on the rookie that he has the third-shortest odds to take the offensive ROTY award.
Offensive Rookie Of The Year:
- Joe Burrow +250
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire +400
- Cam Akers +900
- Jonathan Taylor +900
- Tua Tagovailoa +1000
- D'Andre Swift +1200
- Ceedee Lamb +1400
The LA Rams are also taking a lot of stock in Akers. The team believes they got lucky he fell to 52 overall, with scouts praising his versatility on the field. Prior to the draft, Rams scout Michael Pierce expressed his love for the young prospect.
“I really like him. if he’s there, I would love to have him on our team,” said Pierce. “I think he can do it all. He can run inside, he can run outside, he can catch the ball well, he’s elusive. I think he’s the total package as a back and I wouldn’t be surprised if we look back a few years from now and say he’s more productive than Swift. He just does everything – he does everything well.”
One of the reasons why sports bettors may be taking action on Akers may have to do with how they see him fitting on the Rams offense.
With drafting Akers, it is very possible that the RB will see a lot of plays drawn for him out the gate. More touches give him more opportunities to shine.
This season's ROTY race may be a close one with players like CeeDee Lamb also garnering a lot of betting action. Sports bettors will have a lot to think about this NFL season in terms of how these new pieces will fit.
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