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Giants could land Super Bowl champion RB: Analyst

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The New York Giants have a chance to sign a former starting running back.

NFL Trade Rumors author Logan Ulrich believes the Giants are a potential “top” landing spot for former Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson. Henderson was waived by the Rams on Nov. 22, just two days after the team lost to the New Orleans Saints in Week 11.

The 25-year-old Henderson was running back for the Rams in seven of his ten appearances this season.

Ulbrich explains why New York’s lack of depth behind Saquon Barkley is why the Giants should file a claim on Henderson.

“The only significant back the Giants have behind Saquon Barkley is Matt Breida,” Ulbrich wrote on Nov. 22 of potential playoff push.

In addition to the Giants, Ublrich named the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens as other potential leading landing spots.

Henderson, a former consensus All-American at the University of Memphis, was drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. He split from Cam Akers in 2020 and Sony Michel in the 2021 season, rushing for 600 yards and five touchdowns in each of those years.

According to Pro Football Focus, Henderson posted an offensive score of 80.4 for the 2020 season and a 68.7 offensive score for the 2021 season. He ranked 15th in the offensive class among all running backs (with at least 100 snaps) for the 2020 season and 36th in the offensive class for the 2021 season.

Unfortunately, Henderson suffered an MCL sprain at Week 16 in 2021 and was placed on injured reserve on December 28. He finished the regular season with a career-high 688 yards and five rushing touchdowns and 29 receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns. He was called from injured reserve in time for Super Bowl LVI.

In the Super Bowl, Henderson had four carries for seven yards and three receptions for 43 yards in the team’s 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Henderson started 28 of his 50 career appearances with the Rams. However, Henderson’s playing time cut short in the team’s final game against the Saints, recording just four in-game snaps. Akers and rookie Kyren Williams saw action on 94 percent of offensive snaps.

After 15 games through injury over the past two seasons, Barkley is second in the league in rushing yards (953), behind only Derrick Henry (1010). The Giants have also asked Barkley to rush 213 times, which is the second most in the NFL, behind only Henry (230).

The Giants’ playoff hopes rest squarely on Barkley and his availability. Breida is a very important piece for the Giants on the track.

But it doesn’t feel like the Giants are going to sign Henderson considering they don’t have enough depth at the running back position. General manager Joe Schoen has yet to claim a running back this season, and the team has just $2.5 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.

And if the Giants wanted to claim Henderson, their 7-3 record makes it difficult to add sought-after players from the waiver wire. The waiver is based on the current draft order. Unlike recent years, the Giants have a winning record in 2022 and are not in a favorable position to add the one that has become available.

Still, the Giants have subpar passing game, averaging just 6.9 yards per attempt. If they added, it would be for free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham, who is reportedly due to meet the team after Thanksgiving. The team’s talent is extremely fruitless on the wing.

New York won’t be the only admirer, however, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported on Nov. 20 that Beckham will be visiting both the Cowboys and Giants after their Week 12 Thanksgiving game.

The Giants could use the depth at the running back spot. But barkley or Breida’s injuries aside, the team doesn’t seem to be keen on signing a running back.

Still, the Giants have subpar passing game, averaging just 6.9 yards per attempt. If they added, it would be for free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham, who is reportedly due to meet the team after Thanksgiving. The team’s talent is extremely fruitless on the wing.

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