The Los Angeles Rams seem to have big plans for Darrell Henderson during his first NFL season in 2019.
Back in April, the Los Angeles Rams decided to add an extra weapon to their offense during the 2019 NFL Draft when they decided to use a third-round pick on former Memphis running back Darrell Henderson.
Despite all of the speculation that Henderson was brought on as an insurance policy for Todd Gurley since the Pro Bowler’s knee injury is still a mystery, the Rams would love nothing more than to see a new dynamic duo at running back.
With all due respect to Malcolm Brown, the backup who was recently re-signed this offseason could see his name slip on the depth chart if Henderson happens to live up to the hype.
Keep in mind that for a team like Los Angeles that didn’t really have a top need at running back in the draft, some were surprised to see them use such a high pick on Henderson when they did.
In other words, don’t be surprised if the Rams try to find ways to make sure Henderson is involved as much as possible during his rookie campaign, especially if it helps take some of the pressure off Gurley in the backfield.
Only time will tell when it comes to seeing what kind of impact Henderson ends up making in 2019, but at least with Les Snead comparing the rookie’s skills to Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints back during the draft, the potential is certainly there.
As football fans know, Kamara has quickly worked his way into becoming one of the most dangerous running backs in the NFL over the last two seasons, and he’s only going to get better with experience.
While there are plenty of reasons for the Saints to love Kamara whether it happens to be his quickness or field vision, the running back’s ability to be just as dangerous in the passing game is what sets him apart from other players across the league.
Obviously, Henderson still has a long way to go before he can even be considered part of the discussion for being on the same level as Kamara, but just the fact that Snead and the Rams speak so highly of him shows this could be a steal from the draft.
Los Angeles was already considered to have one of the most dangerous offenses heading into the 2019 season, and while the concerns are going to continue to be there for Gurley until he proves himself otherwise, at least Henderson puts the unit in better position.
And if Henderson does somehow end up being just as effective as Kamara, well then the Rams are going to be even more dangerous as a top contender in the NFC for a third year in a row.