Most of the talk surrounding the Los Angeles Rams’ backfield has centered around Todd Gurley and his knee. That’s not where all of the focus should go, however, because the Rams’ running back room is one of the best in the NFL.
After retaining Malcolm Brown in free agency and drafting Darrell Henderson in Round 3, the Rams have a deep backfield filled with talent and versatility. Questions still remain about Gurley’s knee and Henderson’s transition to the NFL, but it’s impossible not to get excited about the potential.
Pass game coordinator Shane Waldron knows the Rams have a good group of backs, but he also knows Henderson has a lot to learn about the team’s system.
“For Darrell, just like any other rookie, he’s got a lot to learn as far as building the foundation of the system in his own mind, not just in one particular area,” Waldron said at minicamp. “And he’s done a great job picking it up and he’ll do nothing but grow as training camp gets here too.”
Gurley and Henderson are going to get most of the attention from fans and analysts because they’re the most explosive and dynamic players, possibly on the entire roster. But Waldron is excited about Brown, John Kelly and Justin Davis, too, because of the different skill sets they all bring.
“I think just in general with our group of backs, we have a bunch of guys with a bunch of great traits – and some of them are different than others. You want to call it a change-of-pace back, but I mean, I see them all as great running backs and certain guys have skill sets are good at one thing or maybe a little better at another thing. But the great thing about our room, starting with Todd and Malcolm and the guys that have been here, with John and Justin, you’ve got a great group of guys that can do a little bit of everything. And then you add Darrell into the mix and just like anything else, it adds great competition into a room that’s got some great talent in there. And then Matt came in this year in the offseason, as well. So you’ve just got a great room and has done a great job with those guys as far as developing them in all aspects of the game.”
If the Rams want to run the ball often this season, whether it’s with Gurley or not, they certainly have the talent to do so. It’s going to be fun to watch how the coaching staff deploys this unique group of backs during the regular season.