Darrell Henderson

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #8
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #8
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Set to play second fiddle

Henderson is expected to slot into a complementary role behind No. 1 running back Cam Akers this season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After an underwhelming rookie campaign, Henderson made a notable impact last season. He piled up 405 rushing yards and 109 receiving yards through a six-game stretch showcasing his fantasy upside and proving he can handle a modest workload. However, it was a short-lived run, as 2020 second-round selection Cam Akers got healthy and proceeded to take over as the lead back for the Rams down the stretch and in the playoffs. Even with Akers poised to handle the majority of work out of the backfield again in 2021, Henderson should still be involved, and he could again be a go-to fantasy option if Akers were ever to miss time. Additionally, while the Rams could bolster the position in the upcoming NFL Draft or through free agency, Los Angeles likely has more pressing needs.

Apr 23, 2021 7:46 AM EST

Shows potential in spurts

Henderson rushed 138 times for 624 yards and five touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 159 yards and another score through 15 games during the 2020 regular season. He sustained a season-ending, high-ankle sprain in Week 16.

Analysis: The Rams were expected to utilize a committee rushing attack to start the season with Henderson having a significant role. Rookie Cam Akers sustained a rib injury in training camp, and after veteran Malcolm Brown handled the lead role in Week 1, Henderson ascended to the top of the depth chart and accumulated 405 rushing yards and 109 receiving yards over the next six games. Akers got healthy, though, and the committee approach returned until the rookie proved to be the superior talent in Week 12. Akers piled up 645 rushing yards and 147 receiving yards through Los Angeles' final seven games, including the playoffs. Still, Henderson projects to have a role next season. Brown is a free agent, and even with Akers likely locked into a hefty workload, Henderson's too talented and athletic to be uninvolved in the offense.

Jan 28, 2021 9:33 AM EST

On injured reserve, as expected

The Rams placed Henderson (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: As expected, Henderson will miss the regular-season finale and at least the first two rounds of the playoffs, assuming the Rams are able to qualify for the latter. In addition to Henderson hitting IR, the overall outlook for the offense has taken multiple hits, with Jared Goff requiring surgery on a broken and dislocated thumb Monday, Cam Akers tending to a high-ankle sprain of his own, Cooper Kupp (undisclosed) landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. In the case of the backfield, if Akers joins Henderson on the sideline Sunday versus the Cardinals, Malcolm Brown will lead L.A.'s backfield.

Dec 29, 2020 1:14 PM EST

IR expected

Henderson suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks and is expected to be placed on injured reserve, Eric D. Williams of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Henderson logged 62 yards on 12 carries before exiting Sunday's loss. He now miss the team's regular-season finale against the Cardinals and it remains to be seen if he will be available for a potential postseason birth. Cam Akers (ankle) could still be available against Arizona, but if he is not look for Malcolm Brown to see the majority of the work out of the backfield.

Dec 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

High-ankle sprain feared

Henderson is believed to have suffered a high-ankle sprain during Sunday's 20-9 loss to the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Henderson was forced out of last Sunday's divisional loss in the fourth quarter, logging 12 carries for 62 yards before his exit. It now appears as though Henderson's ankle issue could be significant, and with No. 1 running back Cam Akers already sidelined due to the same injury, Los Angeles' backfield could be severely lacking in depth Week 17. Malcolm Brown, Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais are currently the Rams' only healthy tailbacks.

Dec 28, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Hurts ankle Sunday

Henderson left Sunday's game at Seattle with a left ankle injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Rams are already without No. 1 running back Cam Akers due to a high-ankle sprain, and now his replacement is tending to an ankle issue of his own. Henderson is doubtful to return to the field, so he seems destined to end Week 16 with 12 carries for 62 yards. With Akers and Henderson sidelined, L.A. has turned to Malcolm Brown out of the backfield.

Dec 27, 2020 3:49 PM EST

More opportunities on tap Week 15

Head coach Sean McVay said both Henderson and Malcolm Brown will be "heavily involved" in the Rams' game plan Sunday in Seattle with top back Cam Akers (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. "I mean they'll both get work," McVay said of Henderson and Brown. "As far as the specifics, I'm not really sure. We're just getting into the initial parts of the game plan."

Analysis: Before Akers emerged as the team's clear top back over the past three games, the lead option out of the Los Angeles backfield has been a difficult one to predict in any given week. Expect that to remain the case this weekend, as McVay was unwilling to anoint either Henderson or Brown as the No. 1 option, nor was he willing to divulge how the work may be divvied up between the two. For fantasy managers looking to roll the dice on one of the two backs this week, Henderson represents the more intriguing option, as he's displayed more explosiveness as a runner and receiver than Brown, who is valued mainly for his skills in pass protection. Henderson averaged 4.8 yards per carry and 8.0 yards per target through the Rams' first eight games, but his efficiency has taken a big hit -- along with his overall opportunities -- so far in the second half of the season (3.4 YPC, 4.3 YPT in six games).

Dec 22, 2020 8:33 AM EST

Uninvolved in loss

Henderson rushed once for a loss of two yards and caught his only target for five yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jets. He played just seven of 59 offensive snaps.

Analysis: The sophomore has now been limited to just 39 rushes for 151 yards and seven receptions for 50 yards over the past seven games. Additionally, with rookie Cam Akers the clear No. 1 back over the past three contests, Henderson's outlook isn't promising heading into Los Angeles' Week 16 matchup against Seattle.

Dec 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

Watches rookie run all over Pats

Henderson rushed twice for five yards and only played seven offensive snaps during Thursday's 24-3 win over New England.

Analysis: The sophomore rusher took a backseat to rookie Cam Akers on Thursday, as Akers churned out big run after big run on Los Angeles' first two drives, and head coach Sean McVay leaned on the freshman thereafter. Henderson's two carries won't pay the fantasy bills, and managers should be concerned -- even if it's been speculated that Akers' role was likely to expand for the past few weeks. While it would be surprising if Henderson didn't see more work over the coming weeks, veteran Malcolm Brown will also likely receive some playing time. As a result, anyone counting on production from Henderson in the fantasy playoffs should be worried. He's probably going to struggle to produce as long as Akers is healthy and showing the form he has the past three weeks.

Dec 11, 2020 6:53 AM EST

Finds end zone in win

Henderson carried the ball three times for 49 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 38-28 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: He left the game briefly in the second quarter to get his knee checked out and overall took a back seat to rookie Cam Akers, who got 21 carries, but Henderson nearly matched Akers' fantasy production thanks to a 38-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, Henderson's role and value seem to be waning heading into Week 14's clash with a Patriots defense that just shut out the Chargers.

Dec 6, 2020 5:39 PM EST

Back in Sunday's game

Henderson (knee) returned to Sunday's game at Arizona, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure in the second quarter due to a knee injury, Henderson managed to compile 17 yards on his three touches. With a 19-yard catch to start the second half, he's back in the Rams' backfield mix with Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown.

Dec 6, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Suffers knee injury Sunday

Henderson hurt his knee during Sunday's contest in Arizona.

Analysis: At the time of his departure in the second quarter, Henderson had two carries for 11 yards and one reception (on two targets) for six yards. As long as he's sidelined, the Rams backfield will be composed of Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown.

Dec 6, 2020 2:11 PM EST

Bottled up by Niners

Henderson rushed 10 times for 19 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: The sophomore's fantasy day could have been somewhat saved if quarterback Jared Goff hadn't overthrown Henderson on a would-be touchdown in the third quarter. Instead, Henderson has now been limited in consecutive games with just 24 rushing yards on 18 carries and four receiving yards on two receptions. Making matters worse, the Rams continued their commitment to utilizing three running backs. Rookie Cam Akers was the most explosive runner Sunday with 84 yards and a touchdown, whereas veteran Malcolm Brown led the backfield in offensive snaps with 25. It's all adding up to Henderson's value trending in the wrong direction.

Nov 30, 2020 6:22 AM EST

Unproductive against Bucs

Henderson rushed eight times for five yards and caught two of three targets for four yards in Monday night's 27-24 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Henderson was nearly non-existent from a production standpoint despite hitting double digits in touches. With a matchup against the league's best rush defense, however, none of Los Angeles' top three tailbacks gained more than 20 yards, and Henderson still led the group in carries. Although rookie Cam Akers caught a touchdown out of the backfield, Monday didn't seem to do anything to alter anyone's standing in the Rams' running-back rotation, so even though Henderson has been underwhelming lately, he should remain in a large role Week 12 versus the 49ers.

Nov 23, 2020 9:11 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Henderson carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: The Rams deployed a true backfield committee in this one, as Cam Akers wound up with 10 touches and Malcolm Brown eight, but Henderson was able to salvage his fantasy day with a seven-yard TD run in the first quarter. All three backs could struggle to post useful numbers if that workload split continues in Week 11 on the road against a very stingy Buccaneers run defense.

Nov 15, 2020 5:53 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday

Henderson (quad) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Coming out of a bye week, Henderson logged back-to-back limited practices before upgrading to full participation Friday. He figures to handle his usual role as the lead ballcarrier, facing a Seattle defense that's struggled against the pass all season while allowing only 3.7 yards per carry on the ground.

Nov 13, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Officially limited Thursday

Henderson (thigh) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Henderson has now logged back-to-back limited practices coming off a Week 9 bye, but according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, coach Sean McVay fully expects the second-year running back to suit up versus Seattle on Sunday. If Henderson's injury limits him in any capacity Sunday, however, Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers could be candidates to see increased touches.

Nov 12, 2020 5:19 PM EST

Returns to practice Thursday

Coach Sean McVay said Henderson (quadriceps) will practice Thursday and is expected to suit up Sunday against the Seahawks, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: When Henderson left the Rams' last game Nov. 1 in Miami, he was deemed to be dealing with a thigh injury. After the team's ensuing Week 9 bye, though, the Rams are calling it a quad issue. In any case, after not practicing Wednesday, Henderson is back on the field Thursday with an eye toward being available this weekend. If he's able to avoid an absence, he likely will lead a backfield that also includes Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers.

Nov 12, 2020 12:29 PM EST

No practice reps Wednesday

Henderson (thigh/quadriceps) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: On the heels of the Rams' Week 9 bye, Henderson continues to deal with the thigh and quad issues that forced him out of the team's last game, a loss on Nov. 1 to the Dolphins. Consequently, his status should be monitored closely as the week goes on to get a sense of his potential to suit up Sunday against the Seahawks. If he's unable to go, Henderson will yield backfield work to some combination of Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers.

Nov 11, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Injury not serious

Henderson (thigh) is not expected to miss any time after a thigh injury forced him to leave Sunday's loss to the Dolphins early, Stu Jackson of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay indicated Monday that Henderson's thigh injury "is good," and he does not anticipate it impacting his availability for Week 10 following the team's bye. After his exit, Malcolm Brown and rookie Cam Akers handled backfield duties. Barring any setbacks,, the second-year running back looks on track to take on his usual workload against the Seahawks.

Nov 2, 2020 5:53 PM EST

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