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a couple things on Henderson

July 21, 2021 03:53AM
He needs to prove he can stay healthy and be counted on. No question.

But from an ability standpoint, there's also no question he has it. Two analytics sources- PFF and Football Outsiders- both rated him actually higher overall than Akers in 2020.

PFF gave Henderson an 80.4 grade for the season (11th out of 70 RBs). Akers graded 75.7 (22nd out of 70).

Football Outsiders graded Henderson 9th among 47 RBs with 100+ touches. Akers 41st.

I'm not dismissing Akers at all. I'm sick at losing him and was confident he was going to be a 1,300+ yards guy in 2021. Highly doubt Henderson can do that. But he can and should be productive. The key is having a competent RB2 to go along with him that can give them 100+ carries.

From PFF yesterday:
"Attention now likely turns to Darrell Henderson, a 2019 third-rounder entering Year 3. Henderson has flashed ability at the NFL level and was PFF’s highest-graded running back through the first eight weeks of 2020, though he was supplanted by Akers. Henderson might not have the kind of true blazing speed to rack up big gains when he hits a hole, but he has consistently maximized yardage, which is a major asset with quality blocking in front of him.

There is still a good chance Henderson can make an impact for a Rams offense that expects to be a better overall unit this year. For his career, he has averaged 2.9 yards after contact and broken 32 tackles on 177 attempts.

Another player to keep an eye on in this backfield is Raymond Calais, a seventh-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 whose only snaps last season came on special teams for the Rams. Calais is an intriguing dark horse because of his explosiveness at the college level, something that is known to translate well to the NFL.

Calais ranks among the most explosive college backs drafted over the past two seasons and racked up 56% of his rushing yardage in college on breakaway runs of 15-plus yards. At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, he is the type of undersized back who often needs the break of an injury ahead of him on the depth chart to showcase his skill set, and there is plenty of data suggesting he could be an impressive player if he gets that shot."

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/21/2021 03:58AM by LMU93.

  The sky is not falling on the Rams rushing attack just yet

HornsUpRamily!273July 20, 2021 08:38PM

  Re: The sky is not falling on the Rams rushing attack just yet

oldmanram60July 21, 2021 01:47AM

  a couple things on Henderson

LMU9385July 21, 2021 03:53AM

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zn69July 21, 2021 03:58AM

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LMU9352July 21, 2021 04:28AM

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dzrams23July 21, 2021 08:32AM

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Rams4319July 21, 2021 09:04AM

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dzrams14July 21, 2021 09:11AM

  not really no

zn24July 21, 2021 12:39PM

  Re: um....yes

dzrams18July 21, 2021 01:17PM

  Re: um....yes

zn17July 22, 2021 12:29AM

  I agree, look for the Rams to pick up a RB - this is a SB window

ferragamo7917July 21, 2021 08:43AM

  agree on Henderson...it's just the injuries issue.

SunTzu_vs_Camus12July 22, 2021 04:12AM

  Unless you have a Superman at RB.....

roman1869July 21, 2021 04:10AM

  agree with that sentiment

LMU9324July 21, 2021 07:11AM

  Re: agree with that sentiment

zn18July 22, 2021 02:11AM

  I have only 2 questions about Hendy, really…

Rams4373July 21, 2021 07:03AM

  Re: Totally agree 43....

oldschoolramfan34July 21, 2021 07:35AM