RB Ken Darby - Free Agent
|5-10, 215||Born: 12-26-1982||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 7, pick 0|
2010 Week 1 vs ARI (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The one carry Darby was given speaks volumes for the difference in level of play amongst RB's in St. Louis. Jackson got 22 carries and there was left little over for anyone else. Darby should not even be thought of a starter unless Jackson goes down.
2010 Week 3 vs WAS (14 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Darby split time with Toston after the injury to Jackson. He ran with speed and agility and showed that he is clearly the more dangerous of the two backs. He made a quick move on a swing pass for 8 yards. He sliced up the middle on an impressive 12 yard touchdown run. Later in the game he carried for five consecutive plays. Toston got the majority of the short yardage work, but when the Rams were trying to close out the game they gave it to Darby on 4th and 1 and he got the first down.
2010 Week 4 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Darby scored on a screen pass that was basically met with the matador defense after the Seahawks let Steven Jackson do the same thing just a few plays earlier. He also got overwhelmed in blitz pickup and didn't really see much action even though Jackson came into the game banged up, which shows you that the Rams would rather not use him if they don't absolutely have to.
2010 Week 5 vs DET (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Kenneth Darby had a nice run on an inside handoff when he was lined up at the FB position, catching the Lions defense off guard. Most of his rushing attempts were met by resistance from a solid Lions run defense, who consistently stuffed the Rams running attack.
2010 Week 7 vs TB (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Darby was used as a change of pace back, including a first-and-goal carry in a two-back set with Steven Jackson and a nice gain on a swing pass. He is clearly second in line if Jackson goes down, but he has minimal fantasy value right now.
2009 Week 2 vs WAS (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Darby had only two carries for the Rams in Week 2 (along with a pass target that was negated by a penalty). As the only running back aside from Steven Jackson to touch the ball for St. Louis, his upside remains as a very loose handcuff to Steven Jackson. Odds are that the Rams would go with a committee approach should Jackson get injured, but the first running back off the bench is Darby.
2009 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Darby filled in at tailback on the rare occasion that Steven Jackson was rested.
2009 Week 4 vs SF (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Darby had three touches in Week 4 against San Francisco, gaining most of his yardage on a 11-yard rush in the final three minutes of the game.
2009 Week 7 vs IND (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Darby spelled Steven Jackson briefly in the first half when Jackson had to leave the game, but Darby did very little with his chances. Most of his output came on a strong 11-yard run up the middle, but that was just about it for Darby in Week 7. Darby appears to be next in line on the depth chart behind Steven Jackson, but even if Jackson gets injured it is unlikely that Darby can put up Top 30 RB fantasy numbers if he does get a start this year for St. Louis.
2009 Week 11 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Darby had one target in Week 11, a short errant pass in the fourth quarter.
2009 Week 13 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Darby was only used sparingly, but you can see good natural receiving skills, a good burst, and some juice in his open-field cuts. He should continue to hang around the league as a backup/third-down back.
2009 Week 15 vs HOU (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Darby had 3 carries for 5 yards in spelling Steven Jackson against the Texans. He also had a pair of 9 yard receptions on wheel routes out of 3rd down.
2009 Week 16 vs ARI (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Darby got the start and rattled off a few first downs to get the game underway. He had a lot of juice in his legs, with sharp cuts and a good burst to get yards when there was daylight. He also ran with a lot of energy to get yards after contact. Darby got a wildcat snap and fought for extra yardage at the end of the run, and he also made a tackler miss in the open field after a reception. He did have a drop and didn't break any big plays, but Darby should be happy with his rare opportunity to start with Steven Jackson out.
2008 Week 10 vs NYJ (4 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Darby was used sparingly during the game. He had some decent runs on the perimeter of the Jets defense. He showed good speed to the corner and finished his runs well.
2008 Week 11 vs SF (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 83 / 0 rec)
Bulger looked often to Darby swinging out of the backfield, and Darby for his part caught every ball thrown his way. Most of his receiving production came at the end of the first half when the 49ers were playing deep and conceding the short pass. Darby did run effectively with limited carries, as in the fourth quarter when he broke loose for a 13 yard gain.
2008 Week 12 vs CHI (7 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Early in the fourth quarter, Darby caught a short screen pass and turned it into a 15 yard gain for a first down, using some good moves and showing good speed. However, in the running game, Darby was ineffective, running for only ten yards on seven carries.
2008 Week 15 vs SEA (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Darby spelled Jackson a few times in the opening half, with some success. He (and Jackson) saw the ball a lot less after the half.
2008 Week 16 vs SF (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Darby turned out to be the Rams leading receiver on the day, and looked impressive in the backfield when spelling Steven Jackson.
2008 Week 17 vs ATL (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
In very limited duty, Darby rushed for 20 yards on three carries and caught two passes for nine.