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Random Ramsdom: Is Xavier Jones the backup running back to Darrell Henderson?

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Since the start of the Los Angeles Rams training camp, it seems that running back Darrell Henderson Jr. will be the starting running back for 2021 after the season ending injury to Cam Akers.

The question becomes who would be the backup to take the next biggest load of carries after Henderson. By the look of the rotation on day six of camp, second year RB Xavier Jones appears to be establishing himself as the next man up. Jones has been taking the bulk of the reps with the second group. And while Henderson is taking almost all of the reps with the starters, on the few reps that he does rotate out, Jones is the one to fill in.

The other running backs in the group include second year Raymond Calais and rookie Jake Funk. Joint practices and preseason games are coming soon and will provide the next step to solidifying the running back depth chart.

And now for today’s links:


Film Room: Will Darrell Henderson BREAKOUT For The Rams? (SamsFilmRoom)

From the Podium: Sean McVay, Aaron Donald and Matthew Stafford react to Day 6 of Training Camp (

Full workload for Matthew Stafford; Ernest Jones and Nick Scott step up: 10 Observations from Day 6 of 2021 Rams Training Camp (

Will the LA Rams face a mirror image of offense in the Seahawks? (RamblinFan)

LA Rams: Padding the truth in Rams Training Camp (RamblinFan)

Rams’ backup RBs giving Sean McVay plenty to be encouraged about (RamsWire)


Giants scrum could prove to be the galvanizing moment for a team trying to find its identity under Joe Judge (CBSsports)

Former Colts quarterback Philip Rivers isn’t ruling out an NFL return (PFF)

Carolina Panthers WR Keith Kirkwood stretchered off after hit by J.T. Ibe, who was later waived (ESPN)

Pro Football Hall of Fame primed for supersized enshrinement weekend (