Former Memphis RB Darrell Henderson has already started to show flashes of his potential in the Los Angeles Rams training camp.
When the Los Angeles Rams selected former Memphis running back Darrell Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft, it was believed he would be the primary backup to Todd Gurley. It was anyone’s guess as to how soon Henderson would be able to fill that role though.
According to reports coming out of the Rams training camp, he could be filling that role sooner rather than later.
Henderson has already gotten the attention of his Head Coach, Sean McVay:
"He made a couple big plays again today and you are starting to see him flash. A comfortable level, playing a little bit faster. You can feel he’s not thinking as much. It’s still early, but he has definitely shown the encouraging things that we liked so much on tape in Memphis."
Gurley has sat out multiple practices as he works to get 100% healthy from the troublesome knee issues that kept him out of the Super Bowl last season. That has allowed Henderson to accumulate valuable practice reps to learn the offense.
Malcolm Brown and John Kelly are in the mix as well to be Gurley’s primary backup, but Henderson has definitely flashed the most talent of the trio.
While Henderson is a little on the smaller side, he showed big-play ability with very good quickness and speed in college. He used that ability to be one of the more productive running backs in the NCAA last year with over 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns.
If he can carry some of that production over to the NFL, he will make a big impact for the Super Bowl contending Rams very soon.