1. Darrell Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams released the face of the franchise in Todd Gurley and while it was shocking, it was understandable. Because of his contract and the concerns around his knee, it was better off in the long-term to let Gurley go and sacrifice potential production.
Some think this is going to lead the Rams to draft a running back in the 2020 NFL Draft but we already gave our reasons on why we do not think that will be the case. Instead, the team will turn to what it has on the roster, which means that second-year running back Darrell Henderson is going to have to step up.
Henderson practically had no role on the Los Angeles Rams offense last season and if you follow my work on LA Sports Hub, you know I hated drafting him. Why draft a running back in the third round when there are other needs to address if you are not going to use him?
Well, Henderson now has his chance to prove his worth as a third-round pick and is going to see a big uptick in carries. While Malcolm Brown is likely going to get the majority of the carries, both because that fits his playstyle and he has the veteran advantage, Henderson is going to get a significant amount of snaps as a weapon in both the running and passing game.
One person cannot replace what Todd Gurley brought to his team when he was at his best but if Brown can successfully be the every-down back that we saw him be in college and Henderson can showcase his potential, then the Rams’ running game will end up being just fine.