Darrell Henderson
Darrell Henderson
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Rams
Questionable
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 8/14/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After being nearly invisible as a rookie while he struggled to adjust to the pros, Henderson rebounded in 2020 to display the talent that made him a third-round pick in 2019. With Todd Gurley gone, the speedster out of Memphis quickly established himself as a key part of the Rams backfield, racking up 514 scrimmage yards with 4.8 yards per carry and four total touchdowns between Weeks 2-7. A Week 8 quad injury then slowed him, and Henderson's workload was capped even after he got healthy as Cam Akers ascended to the top spot on the depth chart. Henderson's campaign then ended early with a Week 16 ankle injury, his third significant lower-body injury through two pro seasons. When he's 100 percent, Henderson offers game-breaking speed in the open field while also showing enough balance and agility in traffic to handle carries between the tackles. It looks like he'll have every chance to show off those skills this season, as the Rams were left thin in the backfield after presumed lead runner Cam Akers suffered an Achilles tear in July. There's still time for the team to make a move before Week 1, but for now, Henderson is the only back on the roster with significant NFL experience, slotting in ahead of Xavier Jones, Jake Funk, Raymond Calais and Otis Anderson. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.21 million contract with the Rams in June of 2019.
Eyeing three-down role?
RBLos Angeles Rams
Undisclosed
July 26, 2021
Coach Sean McVay believes Henderson (undisclosed) is an every-down back, noting that durability is the concern, not talent, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
A split workload would be one way to help Henderson stay healthy now that Cam Akers (Achilles) is out for the season, but a three-down role also is possible, especially if the Rams more or less stick with their current group of young, unproven running backs. As a 2019 third-round pick with 197 career touches in 28 games, Henderson is easily the most experienced and pedigreed of the group, which otherwise consists of Xavier Jones, Jake Funk, Raymond Calais and Otis Anderson. McVay said the Rams aren't in the market for a veteran running back, but he easily could change his mind once training camp is underway, especially if Henderson struggles or gets banged up again. Henderson did miss a portion of the offseason program with an undisclosed injury, after finishing last year on IR with a high-ankle sprain.
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How do Darrell Henderson's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
10.1%
 
Positive Run %
80.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
47.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.2
 
Rushing TD %
3.6%
 
Touches Per Game
10.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
44.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.3%
 
% Team Targets
4.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.6%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Darrell Henderson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
208 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
8.63 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Darrell Henderson
Training Camp Notes: July 26
4 days ago
Dan Marcus reviews news out of training camps on Monday, including reports of an agreement reached between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Training Camp Notes: July 20
10 days ago
Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles which is expected to end his 2021 season.
Stock Watch: Rams Backfield
10 days ago
Darrell Henderson will need to step up for the rattled Rams backfield, but it might be hasty to assume he takes over a three-down role.
2021 Football Draft Kit: Breakout Players
25 days ago
Mario Puig analyzes the top candidates for breakout seasons, including the Rams' Cam Akers.
NFL: Rookie Redraft Rankings
87 days ago
With easily the highest projected workload from scrimmage, Najee Harris ranks atop the 2021 rankings for the rookie class.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Henderson generated plenty of hype after being selected in the third round of last year's draft, but injuries and a tough adjustment to the pro game left him with only 43 touches in 13 games. His college tape from Memphis shows speed and burst that make him seem capable of breaking off a big gain every time he gets the ball, and he also displayed receiving skills that hint at three-down potential. Henderson struggled to pick up the playbook in the preseason, however, and while he wasn't expected to see a large role behind a healthy Todd Gurley, he didn't even see double-digit snaps until Week 6 and barely saw the field at all after Week 8. Gurley's now in Atlanta, though, replaced by 2020 second-round pick Cam Akers. The Rams figure to have a competition for backfield roles, with veteran and longtime Gurley backup Malcolm Brown also in the mix. Brown and Henderson have the benefit of scheme familiarity, while Akers has the advantages of draft capital, prototypical size (5-10, 217) and experience handling a three-down role at FSU. That's not to say Henderson is out of the running for the lead role, but he's more likely to end up second or third in a committee.
The most electric big-play threat at running back in this year's draft, Henderson averaged an incredible 8.9 YPC the last two seasons for Memphis while handling a heavy workload. He doesn't have the prototypical frame for an NFL starter, but his balance and footwork make him tougher to bring down in traffic than his upright running style suggests, and his incredible acceleration allows him to hit top speed in a hiccup and turn a small crease or tiny patch of green into a huge gain. Henderson also showed he can be an asset as a receiver, both as a check-down option and as a route-runner, but he might need to improve his blocking skills to see significant passing-down action. If he's stuck purely as Todd Gurley's backup, Henderson's touches will be limited, especially if Malcolm Brown also stays in the mix for snaps. The big question is whether Gurley can stay on the field amidst reports of a degenerative condition in his left knee. If not, Henderson could land a key role in an efficient, uptempo offense with strong blocking and impressive downfield weapons.
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Thrust into larger role
RBLos Angeles Rams
Undisclosed
July 20, 2021
Henderson (undisclosed) is set for a larger role after teammate Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles on Monday, though the Rams could also make a move to add backfield help, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Limited in offseason practices
RBLos Angeles Rams
Undisclosed
July 8, 2021
An unspecified injury limited Henderson's participation in the Rams' offseason program, ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry reports.
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Set to play second fiddle
RBLos Angeles Rams
April 23, 2021
Henderson is expected to slot into a complementary role behind No. 1 running back Cam Akers this season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Shows potential in spurts
RBLos Angeles Rams
Ankle
January 28, 2021
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.
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On injured reserve, as expected
RBLos Angeles Rams
Ankle
December 29, 2020
The Rams placed Henderson (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday.
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