ESPN's Lindsey Thiry calls it "a toss-up" whether Darrell Henderson or Cam Akers will lead the Rams backfield in touches this season. "Expect Henderson to earn more touches early in the season, given Akers could take extra time to acclimate because of the virtual offseason program," Thiry adds. That scenario certainly seems possible, but it's also just a guess at this point. The Rams' heavy draft investment in Akers this spring just a year after they selected Henderson (a round later) leaves us expecting Akers to lead the backfield. The uncertainty of the situation is worth keeping in mind as you consider both players in best-ball drafts this summer.
Rams RB Darrell Henderson told reporters on Wednesday that he had surgery on the ankle injury that sidelined him for last year's finale. We don't have any other details on the injury or procedure -- but Henderson said he's fully recovered and will be ready for the start of camp. He'll be battling rookie Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown for snaps in the Rams' Todd Gurley-less backfield.
The Rams selected Florida State RB Cam Akers in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Akers was tough to evaluate this past season because Florida State’s offensive line was so damn bad. Akers averaged a mediocre 5.0 yards per carry on his 231 attempts but ranked top 12 among draft-eligible RBs in both yards after contact and missed tackles forced, per Pro Football Focus. His 125.9 Elusive Rating was near the top of the class — notably ahead of guys like Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and J.K. Dobbins. Akers arrived at Florida State as a 5-star recruit after playing QB in high school. His 1,025 rushing yards in 2017 broke Dalvin Cook’s freshman school record. Akers also contributed in the passing game all 3 years in Tallahassee, posting 16-116-1, 23-145-2 and 30-225-4 receiving lines. He showed out at the Combine, running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at 217 pounds and posting strong marks in the vertical and broad jumps. Akers joins Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown in the Rams’ Gurley-less backfield. This will likely be a committee, but consider Akers the early favorite to lead the group in touches.
The Rams announced Wednesday they've released RB Todd Gurley. He will still count $20.15 against the salary cap over the next 2 years, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The timing of the move keeps them from having to pay another $10.5 million in salary and bonuses this year. Gurley was obviously not the same player in 2019 after being dogged by a knee issue over the 2nd half of 2018. He now becomes the latest clear argument against giving an RB a big 2nd contract. That said, Gurley will catch on elsewhere and likely remain fantasy relevant. We'll see about that landing spot. The Rams, meanwhile, return Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown at the top of the RB depth chart. Henderson now looks set up for a breakout 2nd year after limited opportunities in his rookie season.
Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ankle) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Cardinals. That’ll only matter if L.A. decides to rest RB Todd Gurley. In that case, Malcolm Brown would be left as the feature back.
Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. We’ll see how Brown and Darrell Henderson divvy up work behind Todd Gurley, but neither Brown nor Henderson can be trusted in Week 10 fantasy lineups.
Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. HC Sean McVay said afterward that Brown is "trending in the right direction" for this weekend's game against the Steelers. His return could put another dent in Todd Gurley's workload and would remove Darrell Henderson from RB3/Flex consideration.
Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals in London. With Brown sidelined last week, Todd Gurley played 61% of the offensive snaps and handled 18 carries and 1 target, while rookie Darrell Henderson played 35% of the snaps and got 11 carries and 1 target. Gurley is a borderline RB1 vs. Cincinnati's league-worst RB defense, and Henderson is in the RB3/flex mix.
Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. Rookie Darrell Henderson will step in as Los Angeles’ #2 RB, but we can’t count on him getting more than a handful of touches.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) isn’t listed on the final Week 7 injury report after graduating to a full practice on Friday. RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) missed practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Rookie Darrell Henderson will serve as Los Angeles’ #2 RB in this one, but Gurley should be in for plenty of volume in a likely shootout.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is officially inactive for today’s game against the 49ers. He has a “chance” to return for Week 7, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning. Malcolm Brown is expected to serve as Los Angeles’ feature back today, with Darrell Henderson — and potentially John Kelly — spelling him.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Rams RB Malcolm Browns is "expected to be the featured back" against the 49ers today in Todd Gurley's absence -- with rookie RB Darrell Henderson "sprinkling in." That goes along with our expectation. San Francisco has presented a tough run D this year, but Brown should be a good volume bet in an offense that ranks 6th in scoring and 4th in yards through 5 weeks.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, a team source tells ESPN's Lindsay Thiry. The team has promoted RB John Kelly from the practice squad. Both Kelly and rookie Darrell Henderson could mix in for a handful of touches, but look for Malcolm Brown to handle the majority of the backfield work tomorrow.
Rams RB Todd Gurley (quad) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the 49ers after missing practice all week. His status beyond Week 6 is unclear. Gurley’s absence this weekend leaves Los Angeles’ backfield to Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. We’re expecting Brown to handle most of the early-down and red-zone work, with Henderson operating in a change-of-pace role. Note that this isn’t a great matchup against a ‘Niners squad sitting 5th in Football Outsiders’ run defense rankings and 2nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.
Rams RB Todd Gurley's status for Sunday's game against the 49ers is "very much up in the air," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So Wednesday's missed practice was more than just a day off. The Rams are "preparing as if [Gurley] doesn't go" on Sunday, Rapoport adds. His absence would leave Malcolm Brown as Los Angeles' lead back, with rookie Darrell Henderson in a change-of-pace role.
The Rams' plan this season is for RB Darrell Henderson to be a "Chris Thompson type," according to Yahoo's Charles Robinson. Across HC Sean McVay's final 2 years as Redskins OC, Thompson carried 103 times and caught 84 of 110 targets. He finished 55th and then 28th among RBs in PPR points. Fantasy owners drafting Henderson at his early-7th-round ADP have to be hoping for at least a bit more work for the rookie this season. We currently project Henderson for 96 carries and 24 catches.
The Rams selected Memphis RB Darrell Henderson in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Henderson posted eye-popping numbers for the Tigers. He took 130 carries for 1,154 yards (8.9 YPC) and 9 TDs as a sophomore in 2017. Then he posted a matching 8.9 yards per carry last year, this time racking up 1,909 yards and 22 scores on 214 totes. The big-play machine busted off 27 runs of 20+ yards and 12 of 40+ in 2018 alone. He ranked 2nd in this RB class in Pro Football Focus’ Elusive Rating. Henderson also proved capable in the passing game, totaling 63 catches for 758 yards (12.0 YPC) and 8 TDs across 3 college seasons. He disappointed with a 4.53-second 40 time at the Combine (he plays much faster) but still came away with a 67th percentile SPARQ score. This is obviously a rough landing spot for Henderson — at least in the short term. But the pick might hint at some real concern about Todd Gurley’s knee.
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