Following Kyren Williams’ placement on the injured reserve, the Los Angeles Rams’ backfield situation has become less clear. Williams, who served as the primary running back in Sean McVay’s offense, will be sidelined for the next four weeks, prompting the Rams to adopt a committee approach.
In Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is anticipated that both Royce Freeman and Darrell Henderson will share lead running back responsibilities, as reported by ESPN. Both running backs were recently promoted from the practice squad.
While Freeman is set to start, the distribution of snaps and performance against Pittsburgh will influence how the Rams manage their backfield roles in the weeks ahead.
The shift in the depth chart has resulted in Zach Evans, a popular waiver claim in fantasy football this week, taking on a backup role. Myles Gaskin, another addition to the team, is expected to be inactive for the upcoming game but should be available in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, according to the report.
Royce Freeman joined the Rams in July and has spent the entire season on the practice squad before his recent promotion. He entered the league as a third-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2018, hailing from Oregon. In contrast, Darrell Henderson is more familiar with the Rams, as this marks his second stint with the franchise. He was initially selected by the Rams as a third-round pick in 2019.
The 26-year-old running back spent the previous season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and joined the Rams’ practice squad this week. In his 50 regular-season games with the Rams, where he made 28 starts, Henderson accumulated 1,742 rushing yards at an average of 4.4 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns.