The St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley has easily been the best rookie back in the NFL this season. Gurley has been the only star of the Rams' offense and his potential could make Gurley the best running back in the entire league.
But that is the future, what about this season?
The goal for Gurley this season should be 1,000 rushing yards, a goal that should be obtainable with five games to go. Yes, it is true that the 1,000 rushing yards for a running back benchmark is not as important as it used to be. However, 1,000 rushing yards does still mean that you are a good running back. Eventually, the hope should be that Gurley can continually surpass 1,500 yards or even join the 2,000 yard club, but 1,000 yards for a rookie is good.
Currently, Gurley has 164 carries, 794 rushing yards, averaging 4.8 yards, and has 6 touchdowns on the year. Granted with the state of the Rams offensive line, Gurley will have his work cut out for him. The last three weeks Gurley has not rushed for more than 70 yards. Last week against the Cincinatti Bengals, Gurley did not rush for 20 yards.
Here are the remaining games on the schedule:
Ideally, Gurley would surpass 1,000 rushing yards against the Buccaneers as that game is the final home game of the season for the Rams. It is hard to picture Gurley rushing for 100 yards in any of the remaining matchups. Gurley only has to average a little more than 41 yards in the five remaining games to top 1,000 yards, but he should be able to eclipse this modest goal...