Jake Funk is a throwback player who is consistently one of the best athletes on the field. Whether it’s as a running back (7.2 career collegiate ypc) or on special teams (30 tackles), Funk makes plays.

The former Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year (2,866 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns as a senior) played college ball locally at Maryland but tore his left ACL in back-to-back seasons. After recovering in time for the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he racked up 516 rushing yards on only 60 carries (FBS second-best 8.6 ypc) in only four games.

After being selected by the Rams in the 2021 seventh round, Funk impressed McVay during OTAs and the offseason program.

“He’s a mature rookie. I think he’s really taken to (RBs coach) Thomas Brown. What a great job Thomas does as a coach really helping these guys grow,” McVay said. “And because you get a little bit of extra time with rookies with some of the meetings and some of the things we added over the months these guys have been with us, you’ve really seen his growth, his comfort level (rise).”

Funk will have to stay healthy and prove his worth during the preseason that he’s more than just a stud special teams player. But, his standout special teams play should guarantee him a roster spot, which is the first step toward making an impact as a running back.

With the Akers injury, look for Henderson to make a significant leap up The Wolf’s 2021 Fantasy Rankings & Big Board. Meanwhile, expect Jones or Funk to make an appearance during camp.