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Rams Sign RB Lance Dunbar

The Rams have found Benny Cunningham’s replacement

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams continue to be active in the Free Agency Market. In an bit of uncharacteristically early (or late?) news from the Rams, Adam Caplan from ESPN is reporting that the Rams and former Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar have agreed to terms on a one year contract.

Dunbar has never gotten extended looks in Dallas, but has a career 4.5 YPC and has averaged a hair under 20 receptions per year over the past three NFL seasons. With 2015 1st round pick Todd Gurley firmly entrenched as the Rams starting RB, Dunbar will continue to be a 3rd down / change of pace RB with the Rams. He also figures to be in the mix to claim the kickoff return duties vacated by former Rams Benny Cunningham.

Dunbar’s strengths contrast from Gurley - and that is a good thing. The Rams added some diversity to their backfield with this move. The downside to that though is that defenses will be able to key on the RB position to determine what type of playcall is coming.

But Sean McVay seems smart enough to navigate those waters. I’ll be interested to see how they integrate the two backs together in 2017.