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The Los Angeles Rams, like the 31 other teams in the NFL, are heading into the season trying to game plan for their week one match up. The Rams have yet to name a starter to replace Todd Gurley, who the Rams waived earlier this year.

Instead, they are planning on going with a running-back-by-committee approach, according to Rams’ coach Sean McVay.

McVay is optimistic that Darrell Henderson will be available for Sunday night’s matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. After missing two weeks of training camp with a  hamstring injury.

“If he is, that’s a three-back rotation that you feel really good about,” McVay said. “Exactly how those carries will be distributed is something we’ll determine really as the week progresses and as the game unfolds.”

At this time, McVay doesn’t even know who will be in the backfield during the first series.

“I do not yet,” McVay said before having fun with the question. “We might go with five wides and no backs, or we might go with all three backs on the field and then two other skill guys. You never know.”

However, McVay did praise their second round pick Cam Akers on his ability to continue to get better.

“Cam is continuing to get better,” McVay said Monday. “You forget sometimes he’s a young player. We are going to ask a lot of him.”

So, if you were looking to have a Rams running back in your starting lineup this week in fantasy, it could be a toss-up.

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Rams’ Running Backs Depth Chart

  • Darrell Henderson, last season, played 13 games and rushed for 147 yards on 39 attempts. He is currently nursing a hamstring injury.
  • Cam Akers was drafted in the second round by the Rams in this year’s draft out of Florida State. He rushed for 1,100-yards for the Seminoles this past season.
  • Malcolm Brown played 14 games for the Rams last season, and rushed for 271 yards. Brown also found the end zone on the ground five times.

The Rams are +150 to make the playoffs, according to, and have 28-1 odds to win the Super Bowl.


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