Rams put a target on Allen Robinson catching more passes

Allen Robinson should be an upgraded addition to star receiver Cooper Kupp in the pass attack.

Cam Akers should once again become an important part of the stormy attack.

Perhaps both situations will play out this way on Sunday when the Rams play the Atlanta Falcons at SoFi Stadium.

That was definitely not the case in the Rams’ 10:31 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Thursday.

Robinson got exactly two targets. He caught a pass for 12 yards.

Robinson, 29, didn’t sound frustrated when speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

“Everybody wants to get chances,” Robinson said, adding, “Some games sometimes go that way.

“So… get back to the drawing board and try to figure out how we can get better.”

Robinson is a ninth-year pro. He has passed 1,000 yards and received three times. The Rams thought they were stepping up when they signed a three-year, $46.5 million deal that includes just over $30 million in guarantees, then promptly traded Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans.

McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford took charge of Robinson’s quiet debut.

“You need to involve him more,” McVay said in an understatement.

According to McVay, Robinson handled the situation with aplomb.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fired by the Bills' Gregory Rousseau.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fired by the Bills’ Gregory Rousseau. Stafford didn’t have much protection in the season opener.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

“He’s the epitome of a professional,” he said.

The Rams are best when they force defenses to defend “every blade of grass on the field,” Stafford said, adding that it might do a better job of touching receivers early so they can get into rhythm.

“I’ve never played receiver, but I imagine the more times you catch the ball, the earlier you catch it in the game, the better it makes you feel,” he said.

Akers, a second-round draft pick in 2020, was sidelined for most of last season while recovering from an Achilles injury. During training camp, he said he’s looking forward to building on the skills he showed during his rookie season when he rushed for 625 yards and performed well in the playoffs.

But with Darrell Henderson playing most of the snaps against the Bills, Akers was only on the field for 12 games. He hasn’t gained a yard in three carries.

On Friday, McVay said Akers needed to maximize opportunities and “show an increased level of urgency and accountability, snapping in and out.”

Akers said McVay raised the issue with him during training camp. He said if McVay didn’t think he was urgent enough, then he would be even more urgent.

“Whatever the coach says, man, I’m going to take it and learn from it … and move on from there whether I think it’s right or not,” Akers said. “Maybe I’m not always right.”

Akers was asked if fans would see a different Akers and Rams team on Sunday.

“I wouldn’t say another Cam Akers, but definitely another Rams team,” he said. “Hopefully if they win in general they’ll see me on the field. Whether I’m on the pitch or not, we just want to win.”

McVay said he doesn’t believe in “notifying the team through the media,” and that he was surprised his comments about Akers were “given a little more leeway than I might have expected.”

Akers will “react properly,” he said.

“We absolutely had conversations where it was because of my beliefs why I was pushing him,” McVay said. “Guys should be concerned if I don’t think if I stop coaching or don’t think you’re capable of it then I would be concerned.”

Etc.

Receiver Van Jefferson (knee), offensive linemen Joe Noteboom (knee) and center Brian Allen (knee) and long snapper Matthew Orzech (calf) were not training, according to the Rams injury report. Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (knee) was restricted.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-09-14/rams-allen-robinson-targets-catches Rams put a target on Allen Robinson catching more passes

Emma Bowman

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