With all the drama surrounding Los Angeles Rams’ RB Todd Gurley’s knee this past offseason, I think many were made to feel even more concerned when they selected Memphis RB Darrell Henderson with the 6th pick in the 3rd round (70th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
But he’s been a non-factor up to this point. Hendo has been active for three games, has played two snaps, and has one carry for zero yards (at Carolina) on the year. So through five weeks of play, it’s been Gurley and Malcolm Brown doing all the heavy lifting out of the backfield.
On Friday, Rams’ head coach Sean McVay was asked about Henderson and his lack of impact in the offense.
I think that’s one of those things that we’re going to look at and are evaluating. It’s our job and it’s my job to make sure we find a way to continue to develop him and give him an opportunity, because I think he is a guy who can help us whether it’s immediately or whether it’s later on in the season. He’s done a nice job, it’s really just kind of that ultimate deal of figuring out, ‘All right, how do you get him with the amount of guys involved that you feel like are deserving touches?’ That’s a positive problem for us, but that’s something that I think you could expect us to see trying to find creative ways to maybe get him going a little bit.
The former first team All-American, who averaged 8.9 yards per carry over his last 344 attempts, does have big play potential — something the Rams’ offense could certainly use both as a rusher and out of the backfield. McVay, however, sounds pretty noncommittal about when fans might get another glimpse.
Stay tuned. It’s encouraging to see McVay & Co. are looking to find ways to get the ball in his hands, and sounds like it’s more a matter of when, not if, that happens.