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Jaguars Cut Ties With Super Bowl-Winning Running Back On Friday

The 2022 season hasn't gone as hoped for coach Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

With a 4-8 record and only the slimmest of chances to make the playoffs (2% to be exact, according to FiveThirtyEight), now is the time for roster shake-ups as the season winds down. 

One roster casualty that raised eyebrows was former Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. 

The Jags put Henderson on waivers Friday, ending a tenure that lasted just 16 days. 

As has been the case with many on the Rams, 2022 has been a letdown from the dizzying highs of 2021. In a Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Henderson received four carries and hauled in three receptions. 

How has Henderson gone from this prominent role to being cut by the non-contending Jaguars? For the most part, a combination of injuries and the emergence of Cam Akers. A third-round draft pick in 2019, Henderson rushed for more than 600 yards in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. 

But he dealt with nagging injuries throughout his time in Los Angeles, including a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain. As the Rams slipped out of contention this season, Henderson found himself without a job until the Jaguars temporarily scooped him up. 

Now back on the market after failing to appear in a game for the Jaguars, Henderson may turn his focus to 2023. He'll be an unrestricted free agent over the offseason, and several teams could be inclined to help the Memphis product jumpstart his career.