By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
With the upcoming 2021 season a couple of weeks away the Rams are making moves to finalize the roster. They’ve acquired running back Sony Michel from the Patriots.
Michel had some in direct contacts in So Cal with former Rams Todd Gurley a former teammate at Georgia sent him a text congratulating him.
“He kept it simple,” said Michel at a post practice press conference. “I thought that was pretty cool.”
Michel was traded for a 2022 6th round draft pick and a 2023 4th round pick. He was the 31st pick in the 2018 draft by the Pats. As a rookie he helped lead them in Super Bowl LIII and scored the game’s only touchdown while beating the Rams 13-3.
With Cam Akers out for the season with an Achilles and Darrell Henderson having periodic injuries the team sought to get a good go to back.
“Some of the volatility that Darrell gone through even throughout the course of camp,” said Rams Head Coach Sean McVay. “We wanted to make sure you got someone who has played in big time games. Darrell is still going to have a really big role it doesn’t really the outlook for him and we’ll see how quick we can get Sony up to speed.”
Michel is a physical runner, with the Patriots he rushed for 900 yards and had 200 carries in twice showing he has durability. He will join Jake Funk and Xavier Jones in the backfield.
He also has reunited with Ram running back coach Thomas Brown who was in his position coach at Georgia in 2015. McVay says Brown will “accelerate the learning curve” for Michel.
As far as the Super Bowl win over the Rams Michel commented by saying: “Fortunately we came out on top, so let’s see if we can make something happen.”
THhe Rams are 0-3 this preseason after a 17-12 loss to Denver. QB Bryce Perkins went 10 of 15 for 62 yards in the first half of the final pre-season game. He led the team and on two scoring drives. Earlier this week he was named to the 53-man roster.
He has played nearly all the games. He has passed for 451 yards in the air to go with 3 touchdowns and 114 rushing. He been calm and showed poise against the Raiders and Broncos.
He’ll be behind Mathew Stafford and John Wolford. He has made some dynamic moves with his legs and didn’t turn the ball over much while leading the team-That has impressed Coach McVay
The Punting situation is undecided as Corey Bjorquez helped his cause in Denver. He had a 48-yard punt downed at the one yard line. He also had punts of 67 and 70 yards in the Mile High City.
Bjorquez has done most of the punting while Johnny Hekker is in COVID Protocol. The 24-year-old played at in Lakewood at Mayfair high. He played at Cerritos College and New Mexico. He spent three seasons with the Bills and led the NFL in punting yardage 50.8 before signing with the Rams in April.