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Rams Roster Preview: Todd Gurley is the Future of the Offense

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Gurley will likely follow in the footsteps of recent Rams rookie RBs

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Rams selection of Todd Gurley in the 2015 NFL Draft, the majority reaction among Rams fans - including myself - was 'WTF?'. Fisher and Snead had found increasingly productive RBs in each of the previous 3 drafts, but none seemed to keep favor with the regime. After considering the move though, I defended the pick - and still believe that the Rams made the best decision.

Roster Battle

As soon as Gurley is healthy, he's going to be splitting carries with Mason. As soon as he is capable, count on Fisher to let his new bell cow loose all over the NFC West. It's not so much a roster battle as a battle to balance production and precaution.

Expectations

Fisher has already indicated that Gurley will be eased into action. You can't blame the staff for being cautious after the Jake Long and Sam Bradford saga the past 2 seasons. The Rams have the luxury to let Gurley come back when he's ready, not because the team needs him.

That being said, all signs point to Gurley being utilized in a similar way to Stacy and Mason in their rookie years. I think it's reasonable to expect him to rush for 800+ yards and approach 10 TDs.

Chances of Making Final Roster (10/10)

Even with the arrival of Nick Foles this offseason, Gurley is the future centerpiece of this offense. Maybe not immediately, but Fisher pulled his eggs from the Sam Bradford basket and put them into the Todd Gurley basket. He will be on the roster well past the 2015 season.