|Ht / Wt:||5'8" / 208 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 3 (70)|
Henderson is poised to step in as the Rams' No. 2 running back with Malcolm Brown (ankle) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Stu Jackson of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Brown and Henderson filled in for Todd Gurley last week, with the rookie taking six carries for 39 yards and adding nine yards on his lone reception. Gurley is set to return from a quadriceps injury, but Henderson should still have a role in the offense for Sunday's potential shootout.
Henderson rushed six times for 39 yards during Sunday's 20-7 loss to the 49ers. He also caught one of two targets for nine yards.
Analysis: Henderson split backfield work with Malcolm Brown in the absence of Todd Gurley (quadriceps). While neither running back was able to notably capitalize on their opportunity, it's worth noting that Henderson seemed to be the primary receiving option while Brown led the team in carries. Los Angeles is set for a much more beneficial matchup against Atlanta's defense in Week 7, so Henderson could have better success going forward if Gurley is forced to miss any more time.
With Todd Gurley out Sunday, Henderson should have a role backing up Malcolm Brown, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Analysis: It's unclear how much work Henderson will get, but it could be his first real chance to showcase his skills at the NFL level.
Coach Sean McVay said the Rams hope to get Henderson "more involved" on offense in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Through five games, the third-round rookie out of Memphis has dressed just three times and played a total of 12 snaps, with all but two of them coming on special teams. Henderson may have his best opportunity to date to make an impact in Week 6, as top running back Todd Gurley is day-to-day with a bruised left quadriceps tendon, an injury that puts the three-time Pro Bowler's status in question for Sunday. If Gurley ultimately sits out Sunday or is restricted due to the injury, Malcolm Brown would see the bulk of the backfield reps in his place, though Henderson should have some sort of role as a change-of-pace option.
Henderson played a single special-teams snap during Thursday's 30-29 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: It's becoming more and more difficult to justify clogging up a roster spot with Henderson by the game, and with more teams heading into their bye weeks, he's likely to appear on even more waiver wires. There's still long-term potential, but there's also clearly a reason he's not receiving regular playing time.
Henderson played nine snaps on special teams during Sunday's 55-40 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The rookie still hasn't received an offensive snap since Week 1, but at least he saw the field against the Buccaneers after watching the past two contests from the sidelines. However, his playing time can only increase, and it wouldn't be surprising if Henderson slowly became more involved in the offense moving forward. While he's still a wait-and-see project in most fantasy settings, there's upside even if Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown remain healthy.
Henderson did not see the field during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Browns.
Analysis: A preseason darling in a lot of fantasy circles, Henderson hasn't played a single snap in either of the past two games. Exacerbating the problem, the Rams are off to a 3-0 start, so there might not be a lot of urgency to involve the rookie in the offense. Henderson's long-term value remains intriguing, but it's hard to pile up fantasy points from the sidelines.
Henderson didn't play a single snap during Sunday's 27-9 win over New Orleans.
Analysis: The rookie has now received just a single carry and played only two offensive snaps through the first two games of the season. Making matters worse, Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown have combined for 250 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. Los Angeles did trade up to select Henderson in the third round, though, and it would be surprising if head coach Sean McVay didn't find ways to incorporate the back's game-breaking talent into the offense over the coming weeks. If the luxury exists to remain patient with Henderson, he could still develop into a serviceable asset over the course of the season.
Henderson took one carry for no gain in Sunday's 30-27 win over Carolina, playing two snaps on offense.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown both got double-digit carries, with the former rumbling for 97 yards and the latter punching in a pair of scores. Henderson did get his one carry from the Carolina 5-yard line, but he was stuffed at the line of scrimmage before Tyler Higbee caught a touchdown pass on the next play. Given the strong performances by the two players ahead of him, Henderson figures to remain a distant third in the Los Angeles backfield for Week 2 against the Saints.
Henderson rushed 11 times for 28 yards and brought in one of two targets for four yards in the Rams' 10-6 preseason win over the Broncos on Saturday.
Analysis: The rookie encountered rough sledding on the ground, with his long run of the night going for a modest nine yards. Henderson's rushing attempts paced the Rams for the night, but inefficiency has now been a hallmark of all three of his exhibition showings. Nevertheless, the 2019 third-round pick projects as the top backup to Todd Gurley to open the season, a role that could afford him a solid complementary workload.
Henderson said the game slowed down for him Saturday against the Cowboys, and head coach Sean McVay noted it was a step in the right direction with his assignments, ESPN's Lindsey Thiry reports.
Analysis: There's a lot of optimism surrounding Henderson's fantasy stock, and he profiles as a the change-of-pace back McVay and the Los Angeles offense has been missing the past two seasons. Additionally, Todd Gurley's (knee) status is still a bit of a mystery -- Los Angeles is currently employing an every-other-day practice schedule for the No. 1 back. Malcolm Brown is also in the picture, and after matching Detroit's offer sheet for him, the Rams obviously have plans for the fifth-year pro. Henderson's explosiveness should lead to a number of big plays throughout his rookie campaign, but there's likely to be a lot of week-to-week inconsistency if Gurley and Brown both remain healthy.
Henderson gained 16 yards on six carries and caught all six of his targets for an additional 38 yards during Saturday's 14-10 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Henderson struggled for the second straight game to run the ball, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry despite leading the team in touches. He did make a notable impact as a pass-catcher, however, as he led the team in receptions while tying for second in receiving yards. If the Rams truly wants to preserve Todd Gurley this season, Henderson could be an option to take some touches away from him, while an improved output on the ground would ease any concerns about involving the rookie in the gameplan.
Henderson picked up 13 yards on six carries, and caught one pass for minus-five yards during Saturday's 14-3 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Seeing a 2.2 yards per carry average next to Henderson's name in the box score is jarring, yet that is exactly what Oakland's front seven managed to accomplish. Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per carry on 344 attempts over his final two seasons at Memphis, so the fact that the Raiders -- and the NFL's 30th-ranked rush defense from a year ago -- were able to so thoroughly contain him comes as a surprise. Henderson paced the Rams' backfield with six carries in the preseason opener, and probably will continue to garner a moderate workload throughout the exhibition slate with starter Todd Gurley expected to be preserved for the regular season.
Henderson has taken on a large workload during training camp, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Henderson's stock has been high since he was selected in the third round of this year's draft, in large part due to the knee woes that limited Todd Gurley during the Rams' march to the Super Bowl. Those same limitations have allowed Henderson to get plenty of reps during the offseason program and now in training camp, when Gurley in essence has been on the field one day and off the next. Henderson boasts dual threat capability, averaging 8.9 yards per carry in his final two collegiate seasons while hauling in 73.3 percent of his 86 career targets at Memphis. Malcolm Brown also is on hand in the event Gurley yields snaps during the regular season, but Henderson's skill set all but assures he'll be a regular in the offense, even with Gurley active and on the field.
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