LA Rams released players quickly claimed by other teams
By Bret Stuter
Jaguars claim RB Darrell Henderson Jr.
The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) are no more successful than the LA Rams, but their offense is using a completely different philosophy. This is a young team that is trying to rebuild itself into a contender, and head coach Doug Pederson is dripping with offensive experience. The Jaguars have a young quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, but he is not being asked to win games solely.
The Jaguars have the seventh-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, and they just got better. No, I’m not claiming that the Jaguars have added a 1,000-yard rusher to the roster. But the fit is there nonetheless, as Henderson adds a new dimension to that running back room.
Pederson knows a thing or two about how to use versatile running backs. He coached 5-foot-6 190-pound, RB Darren Sproles, with the Philadelphia Eagles, and was able to make use of Sproles’s skillset both in the passing and running phases of that offense. That same template will suit Henderson quite well.
Jags will be happy having Hendo hauling ass
Henderson has NFL Playoff experience, has competed in two Super Bowls, and won Super Bowl LVI. That type of experience is priceless to a young team trying to develop a winning culture. The Jaguars just transplanted that culture into their locker room by adding Henderson. Henderson runs hard, has the opportunity to make explosive plays, can challenge defensive perimeters, and is excellent at catching passes as well.
I’m not claiming that he will be a Pro Bowler for the Jaguars. But I see plenty of opportunity for Henderson to play well enough with them with what is remaining from this season to be extended with the team for next year. Best of all, he has joined a team and an offense that values the running game. In the end, that is all any NFL running back can hope for.