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4 reasons why the Vikings should claim Darrell Henderson Jr.

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The Los Angeles Rams are having a disastrous season so far this year and they are turning over their personnel. On Tuesday, they waived starting running back Darrell Henderson Jr.

On the onset, it’s a very confusing move by the Rams, but they have been trying to do anything they can to change over talent in the building to try and spark a turnaround for their season.

With Henderson Jr. now on the market, he is available to be claimed at his pro-rated contract of $1.33 million. Here are four reasons why the Vikings should put in a claim for Henderson Jr.

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell looks on during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The fourth-year running back has spent his entire career in the same system that the Vikings currently run and head coach Kevin O’Connell was his offensive coordinator for the last two seasons. The familiarity would be there immediately and Henderson Jr. could spend his first couple of weeks getting comfortable with his surroundings and new teammates rather than learn the playbook.

Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Oren Burks (48) tackles Minnesota Vikings running back Kene Nwangwu (26) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings only feel comfortable putting two running backs onto the field right now in Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Despite his dynamic athleticism and return ability, they aren’t quite there right now with Kene Nwangwu and Ty Chandler is on injured reserve. The addition of Henderson Jr. would give the Vikings an opportunity to add another talented back to the room and help keep the legs fresh for the playoff run. It would also provide more insurance for a potential Cook injury that is prone to happen.

Oct 16, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. (27) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback CJ Henderson (24) in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Henderson came out of Memphis in the 2019 NFL draft and had a nice…

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