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Rams RB Darrell Henderson could get ‘9-12 touches’ a game

Darrell Henderson, Rams

There have been endless questions and rumors about Los Angeles Ram’s running back Todd Gurley this NFL offseason. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as everyone could see how much he slowed down at the end of the 2018 season, primarily in the Super Bowl. The other question on everyone’s mind is how will the Rams replace Gurley’s production? One answer to that comes in the form of rookie running back Darrell Henderson.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic, it seems Henderson will take nine to 12 touches a game.

While it’s undeniable that the Los Angeles offense coursed through Gurley last year, it’s also clear that his workload needs to lessen. The former Georgia Bulldog touched the ball an extraordinary 315 times in 2018. If it’s up to coach Sean McVay, Gurley will never do that again.

Los Angeles didn’t draft Henderson in the third round to have him ride the bench. The former Memphis Tiger showed out in his college career, and the Rams are praying for some of that production in the pros. Henderson had an inhuman 1,909 yard rushing season last year and even got some dark horse Heisman votes. He won’t even come close to 1,000 yards as Gurley’s backup but should provide some meaningful touches.

Henderson is in competition with longtime Rams back Malcolm Brown to be the primary backup. Henderson showcased solid receiving skills throughout camp and college, whereas Brown hasn’t. It would be a huge surprise to see Brown take more than five touches a game.