Check my story on my thoughts on the Cam Akers injury. Now that camp is underway, you’ll get my analysis on my stories from now until the end of the season.
There are always dark horse players that we can like, and that’s all we have right now behind Darrell Henderson.
Malcolm Brown is gone (124 touches in 2020), Cam Akers tore his Achilles (156 touches in 2020)… and the Rams are left with an undrafted 2nd year RB in Xavier Jones and a 7th round rookie in Jake Funk. Jones’ size and running style probably complements Henderson the best.
Adam Schefter is reporting that the Rams aren’t rushing to sign a RB just yet, but be aware that they can easily sign some of the remaining free agents to make this backfield not as straightforward.
Duke Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, and Adrian Peterson remain unsigned. If I had to guess, Duke Johnson and Bell would make the most sense given their versatile skillsets.
If either of these two sign, specifically Johnson, this will likely be a committee that will be tough to gage week to week. That possibility means we have to tread lightly when drafting Henderson.
If I’m drafting today, a 5th round pick is safe for Henderson. He’ll likely return RB2 value regardless of who they sign.
The closer we get to Week 1 without the Rams signing a veteran, the higher Henderson’s price becomes, where I’d be willing to spend a 4th, because I do believe he has RB1 upside if given the opportunity on this improved Rams offense… and on a red-zone offense where Sean McVay loves to run the ball.
Henderson has shown he can get it done when given opportunity, like he did early last season. Just be aware of the range of possibilities – from sharing the workload with a newly signed veteran, to getting 70% of snaps with not much behind him.
My money is on the Rams signing one of these veterans, specifically for long down and distance and passing downs – Duke Johnson makes a lot of sense here.