The Los Angeles Rams are currently in the midst of one of the worst seasons that a defending Super Bowl champion has ever experienced.
Not only are the reigning champs 3-7 through their first 10 games, but they’ve also lost star receiver Cooper Kupp for what will likely be the remainder of the season—not to mention the fact that quarterback Matthew Stafford has been in and out of the lineup over the past few weeks.
This is a team that had already suffered some significant losses compared to last year’s team, with notable stars like Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller and Andrew Whitworth no longer on the roster.
And on Tuesday, they lost two more key players… Although, you could argue that they weren’t helping the team’s cause all that much.
That would probably explain why the Rams chose to release starting running back Darrell Henderson Jr., and linebacker Justin Hollins.
Henderson started in seven of the ten games he played this season, turning 70 carries into 283 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 17 receptions for 102 yards through the air. He spent his first three-and-a-half seasons with the Rams after being taken by the team in the third-round of the 2019 draft.
It is expected that the Rams will put the running game largely on the shoulders of Cam Akers and rookie fifth-rounder Kyren Williams. The team was said to be very high on the latter, so it is assumed that they’ll use the remainder of the season to see what they have in the former Notre Dame running back.
As for Hollins, he was a fifth-round pick of the Broncos in 2019. He started 5 of 10 games for the Rams this season, finishing with 26 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.