Cam Akers made a strong first impression in the Rams’ virtual team meetings.

It’s been an exceptionally difficult offseason for rookies in the NFL this year, coming into the league with no OTAs or minicamp in the spring and into the summer. That puts first-year players behind the eight-ball, especially for those fighting for starting jobs or simply spots on the 53-man roster.

Cam Akers has still managed to stand out in the crowd, however, despite being limited to video calls with his coaches. According to Omar Ruiz of NFL Network, Akers shined in the team’s virtual meetings for his engagement.

“One player I’m told who stood out in virtual meetings was rookie running back Cam Akers for his engagement, assertiveness and asking all the right questions. Akers, of course, will have a big role in the Rams’ re-tooled running game, along with second-year running back Darrell Henderson in replacing Todd Gurley,” Ruiz reported.

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Akers was a favorite of the Rams’ leading up to the draft, as the front office set their sights on him as one of their top targets in the second round. They landed him at No. 52 overall, and came away thrilled with the selection.

Akers will have a great chance to grab hold of the starting running back job, with Henderson and Malcolm Brown likely backing him up as change-of-pace and short-yardage backs, respectively.

Ruiz also reported that Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have made it a point to help the running game, too, by improving as blockers.

“I’m told that in meetings, they want to know what every offensive lineman’s assignment is to better understand the concept of their blocking schemes,” he said.

The NFL sent a memo to coaches and general managers on Saturday reiterating that training camp is still slated to begin on July 28 for most teams. The league also set reporting dates, with rookies showing up as early as July 21.

Yet, the NFL and NLFPA are still working to agree on health and safety guidelines before camp, with no clear resolution in sight. Jared Goff was among a group of players who called on the NFL to provide answers regarding testing and coronavirus response protocols ahead before players begin to report.

Aaron Donald also joined the growing chorus by...

Just as MLB and the NBA are gearing up for their returns to action, so too is the NFL. And while the football season isn't slated to start until September, players could be back on the field sooner rather than later.

On Saturday, the NFL sent a memo to coaches and general managers reinforcing the fact that training camp is still scheduled to start on time. The league set separate reporting dates for rookies, quarterbacks and injured players, and all other players, with rookies showing up on Tuesday, July 21.

Quarterbacks and injured players will follow on the 23rd, with everyone...

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