Henderson gained 16 yards on six carries and caught all six of his targets for an additional 38 yards during Saturday's 14-10 loss to the Cowboys.
Henderson struggled to run the ball for a second straight game, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry despite leading the team in touches. He did make a notable impact as a pass catcher, leading the team in receptions while tying for second in receiving yards. If the Rams truly want to preserve Todd Gurley this season, Henderson could be an explosive option to take some touches away. Improved output on the ground throughout the rest of the preseason would ease any concerns about involving the rookie in the gameplan.
Henderson picked up 13 yards on six carries and caught one pass for minus-five yards during Saturday's 14-3 loss to Oakland.
Seeing a 2.2 yards per carry average next to Henderson's name in the box score is jarring, yet that is exactly what Oakland's front seven managed to accomplish. Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per carry on 344 attempts over his final two seasons at Memphis, so the fact that the Raiders -- and the NFL's 30th-ranked rush defense from a year ago -- were able to so thoroughly contain him comes as a surprise. Henderson paced the Rams' backfield with six carries in the preseason opener, and probably will continue to garner a moderate workload throughout the exhibition slate with starter Todd Gurley expected to be preserved for the regular season.
Henderson has taken on a large workload early during training camp, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Henderson's stock has been high since he was selected in the third round of this year's draft, in large part due to the knee woes that limited Todd Gurley during the Rams' march to the Super Bowl. Those same limitations have allowed Henderson to garner plenty of reps during the offseason program and now in camp, when Gurley in essence has been on the field one day and off the next. Henderson boasts dual-threat capability, averaging 8.9 yards per carry in his final two collegiate seasons at Memphis while hauling in 73.3 percent of his 86 career targets. Malcolm Brown also is on hand in the event Gurley cedes snaps during the regular season, but Henderson's skill set all but assures he'll be a regular in the offense, even with Gurley active and on the field.
The Rams selected Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 70th overall.
Los Angeles adds some insurance behind Todd Gurley (knee) by adding this explosive runner out of Memphis. Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per carry in back-to-back years, a particularly remarkable feat considering he had 344 carries in that span. He doesn't have the body of a true workhorse at 5-foot-8 and 208 pounds, but he's well-built for that height, and, in a change-of-pace role behind Gurley, Henderson becomes another weapon in the Los Angeles offense.
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