Within the aftermath of Colossal Bowl LIII and Todd Gurley’s slowdown on the tip of the 2018 season, the Los Angeles Rams opted no longer to search out one other backup working attend to enhance the bottom recreation in free company. As a replace, L.A. waited unless the draft, particularly the third round, to grab their next tailback, Darrell Henderson.
An undersized speedster out of Memphis, Henderson already feels at dwelling with the Rams.
“Whenever you chase attend and deem about my college movie and also you deem referring to the Rams movie, or no longer it’s the identical,” Henderson suggested the Los Angeles Times this week. “I believed that modified into as soon as the most easy scheme I could get in. So every part labored out extensive. When I modified into as soon as talking to them, every part modified into as soon as clicking and we developed a relationship. The coaches suggested me they knew they had been going to get me so it modified into as soon as the excellent fit.”
What you look for on Henderson’s college movie is a form of yards and a form of dwelling calls. The Memphis working attend left college with 3,545 speeding yards on 431 carries and 36 speeding touchdowns (44 in complete). Henderson averaged 8.2 yards per lift all over his college profession and eight.9 YPC all over his final two seasons.
While or no longer it’s highly unlikely that, over the direction of a season, Henderson will be ready to attend up that amble in opposition to non-AAC defenses, the working attend doesn’t request of to attend the weight in Los Angeles lawful out of the gate. Why ought to serene he, with a primitive Offensive Participant of the 300 and sixty five days in Gurley earlier than him on the depth chart?
“Todd’s a extensive man and he’s anyone that every working attend ought to serene ought to study from,” Henderson acknowledged. “Attending to be there with him and getting to work with him on every day foundation is an predominant opportunity. I’m fair going to secure the recordsdata he affords me and deem about how he works and study from it and ship it to my recreation.”
Henderson, alongside with Malcolm Brown, could hold to spell Gurley extra most often in 2019 than the critical particular person attend is at possibility of. Gurley modified into as soon as uncharacteristically unproductive and rarely absent in Los Angeles’ final two video games final season, including the Colossal Bowl. He and the Rams denied his relative lack of action (16 touches, 47 yards, TD) modified into as soon as due to the spoil, even though Gurley had missed L.A.’s final two typical-season contests with a knee issue.
The Rams’ plans for Henderson had been hinted at in a on the attend of-the-scenes clip promoted by the crew, in which overall supervisor Les Snead acknowledged within the lead-as much as drafting Henderson that the attend has an “[Alvin] Kamara ingredient.” Rams coach Sean McVay acknowledged that Henderson had a “specific skill situation” and could enact “queer” issues for the offense.
While those phrases describing Henderson get no longer yowl “contender for the starting job,” or no longer it’s powerful that Kamara, also a third-round grab of the Saints and before every part third on the depth chart on the attend of Designate Ingram and Adrian Peterson, modified into as soon as a lethal backfield possibility in his rookie season, averaging 7.7 yards per touch and scoring 13 touchdowns in his first yr.
Might maybe Henderson hold the identical affect on the Rams in 2019?