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2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: RB Nick Holley Needs to Show He’s Not Made of Glass

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He has the versatility, but can he stay healthy long enough to show it?

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Kent State graduate Nick Holley (Toledo, Ohio) recently signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams. After proving his ability to play multiple positions with the Golden Flashes, the Rams currently have Holley listed as a running back.

In 10 career starts at quarterback, Holley had six 100-yard rushing performances and 11 rushing touchdowns. Following the first four games of the 2016 season, Holley was the top wide receiver for the Flashes, before making the transition to quarterback.

From 2014 through the beginning of the 2015 season, Holley found success as a running back with 649 rushing yards and six total touchdowns over 14 games.

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Roster Battle

It’ll be interesting to watch the running back battle this year. The starting job already has a sign on the door that reads “Just Todd Gurley”. The backup spot is essentially free game, but won’t be easy. He’ll have to compete against rookie RB John Kelley, and returning veterans Malcolm Brown and Justin Davis.

It’s obvious with the running backs signed this year what Coach Sean McVay is looking for in his rushers: Versatility. All four players vying for the number 2 spot have the ability to not only rush out of the backfield, but catch the football beyond the line of scrimmage.

Holley will have the added challenge of coming into this battle at less than 100% after suffering his third straight season-ending injury last September. He’s going to have to show what he can do while making sure he stays healthy.

Expectations

Show up to Training Camp. Play during the Pre-Season. Stay Healthy. After that, without knowing how he’ll adapt to the professional game, it’s anyone’s guess.

Chances of making the final roster (3.5/10)

Nick Holley has shown he’s a flexible player, having played WR/RB/QB over the course of his college career. If he can stay healthy, I have a hard time believing that Coach McVay won’t be able to find a spot on the active roster where he can have an impact.