Find me a player with 2384 yards from scrimmage and 28 touchdowns in a season and I’ll show you an MVP. Don’t think so? Take a look at the last 4 RBs to win an MVP award.
Marshall Faulk (2000): 2189 yards from scrimmage and 26 TDs
Shaun Alexander (2005): 1958 yards from scrimmage and 28 TDs
LaDanian Tomlinson (2006): 2323 yards from scrimmage and 31 TDs
Adrian Peterson (2012): 2314 yards from scrimmage and 13 TDs
Yes, projections this early in the season are still somewhat volatile, but the quarter mark of the season is when they start to gain a little bit of credibility. The stat line I kicked off with is Todd Gurley’s production extrapolated over a full 16 game season. That’s MVP production.
Sure, there will be bumps in the road, but anytime a player is leading his team in rushing and receiving yards as well as receptions and targets you have to take notice. Gurley is officially back on the NFL radar - even more so than he was as a rookie.
Credit to Sean McVay for working wonders with Gurley. He’s doing his best to turn Gurley into Le’Veon Bell. So far, Gurley has delivered in a big way and deserves this game ball - not just for his performance against the Cowboys, but for coming out with a vengeance in the first quarter of the 2017 NFL season.