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New Rams Tailback Darrell Henderson Excited About the System in Los Angeles

In the aftermath of Super Bowl LIII and Todd Gurley’s slowdown at the end of the 2018 season, the Rams opted not to find another backup running back to boost the ground game in free agency. Instead, L.A. waited until the draft, specifically the third round, to grab their next tailback, Darrell Henderson.

An undersized speedster out of Memphis, Henderson already feels at home with the Rams, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“If you go back and watch my college film and you watch the Rams film, it’s the same,” Henderson told the Los Angeles Times this week. “I thought that was the best system I could get in. So everything worked out great. When I was talking to them, everything was clicking and we developed a relationship. The coaches told me they knew they were going to get me so it was the perfect fit.”

What you see on Henderson’s college film is a lot of yards and a lot of house calls. The Memphis running back left college with 3,545 rushing yards on 431 carries and 36 rushing touchdowns (44 in total). Henderson averaged 8.2 yards per carry during his college career and 8.9 YPC during his final two seasons.

“Todd’s a great guy and he’s someone that every running back should want to learn from,” Henderson said. “Getting to be there with him and getting to work with him every day is an unbelievable opportunity. I’m just going to take the knowledge he gives me and watch how he works and learn from it and bring it to my game.”

Check out the Complete 2019 Los Angeles Rams Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Rams fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Rams slate!

Sept. 8 at Carolina Panthers 1:00
Sept. 15 New Orleans Saints 4:25
Sept. 22 at Cleveland Browns 8:20
Sept. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05
Oct. 3 at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 13 San Francisco 49ers 4:05
Oct. 20 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Oct. 27 Cincinnati Bengals (London) 1:00
Bye
Nov. 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25
Nov. 17 Chicago Bears* 8:20
Nov. 25 Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 1 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05
Dec. 8 Seattle Seahawks* 8:20
Dec. 15 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25
Dec. 21 or 22 at San Francisco 49ers TBD
Dec. 29 Arizona Cardinals 4:25

Rams Coach McVay Says He Wants WR Kupp Ready for the Regular Season

Rams head coach Sean McVay says the team’s goal is to have wide receiver Cooper Kupp ready by Week 1 of the regular season according to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register.

Kupp has been setback-free in his rehab from ACL surgery thus far and is currently considered questionable for training camp.

If the goal is to have him ready to play in Week 1, though, it’s likely the team holds him out for their four preseason contests against the Raiders, Cowboys, Broncos, and Texans.

Jared Goff stands to benefit the most with Kupp back as he averaged a breezy 329.6 yards and 2.1 touchdowns in eight games with his stud slot wideout on the field compared to 256.3 and 1.8 in the eight outings Kupp missed last year.

Rams RB Todd Gurley Says Left Knee Feeling ‘Pretty Good’

Todd Gurley was basically a non-factor in both the NFC Title game and the Super Bowl, leading to more and more questions about his left knee.

Monday, he answered questions about that knee to the media via ESPN.

“It’s feeling pretty good,” Gurley said. “Taking it day by day.”

Gurley rushed for 1,251 yards last season and 21 total touchdowns. In the win against the Cowboys in the divisional round he ran for 115 yards and a score.

The next two weeks, he ran for a total of 45 yards on 14 carries.

He said Monday that he’s healthy, and that his knee is feeling ready to go for the 2019 season.

“All I need to worry about is how I’m feeling right now,” Gurley said.

“I don’t know how I’m going to be feeling six months from now. So like I said, just kind of keep working hard, doing what I’ve been doing these past couple of years.”

When asked if he was able to confirm reports that he had a degenerative knee or arthritis, Gurley avoided any such label.

“I mean, all I can focus on is how I’m doing right now,” Gurley said. “Feeling pretty good, like I said, taking it day by day and just trying to get better, get ready for the next season.”

Rams Ink Longtime Packers Linebacker Clay Matthews to Two-Year Deal

Clay Matthews is coming home, and the Rams could not be happier about it.

The former Green Bay Packers linebacker has inked a two-year deal with the Rams, a deal that according to NFL Network has a max value of $16.75 million.

The report claims Matthews did have other and even better offers, but wanted to be close to home after the birth of his child.

Matthews played at Agoura High School (Calif.), which is located close to the Rams’ practice facility in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The former star at USC was a first-round pick of the Packers back in 2009. The 32-year-old spent the first 10 seasons with the Packers, making the Pro Bowl six times.

Last season he played in 16 games, putting up 43 tackles and 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

Rams to Visit with Former Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles

Last season the Rams really didn’t have much of a need for a backup quarterback, with Jared Goff starting all 16 games and throwing all but seven passes.

That’s not stopping the team though from addressing the position, as Monday they are set to have a chat with former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.

NFL.com reports that Bortles will visit the Rams on Monday, looking for a new home after he was released by the Jaguars on Wednesday after they inked Eagles free agent QB Nick Foles to a new deal.

Current Rams backup Sean Mannion is currently a free agent, and if the team can ink Bortles, likely they wouldn’t bring Mannion back.

Bortles went 24-49 as a starter in five seasons, but was awful last season, going 3-9, throwing for 2,718 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 44.1.

Starting Linebacker Mark Barron Released by the Rams

The Rams have released starting inside linebacker Mark Barron, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN on Tuesday.

Barron, who was signed through 2020, had 43 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 2018.

The Rams save $6.33 million on their salary cap with the move and will carry a dead-money charge of $3.33 million. If they designate Barron a post-June 1 release they will save $8 million on their salary cap. Barron was scheduled to receive a base salary of $5 million in 2019.

Ndamukong Suh Says ‘We’ll See’ When Asked About Future with the Rams

Two weeks before NFL free agency begins, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told TMZ Sports he’s still unsure of his future with the Rams.

“We’ll see,” he said when asked about returning to the Rams.

Suh signed a 1-year, $14 million contract with the Rams last offseason … but that deal is expiring — and the 32-year-old didn’t exactly get Rams fans excited when we asked about the situation at Craig’s Monday night.

In his 16 games with L.A., he logged 4.5 sacks and 59 tackles.