What a difference a year makes.
After an average 2016 that saw Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley finish the season with 1,212 total yards and just six visits to the end zone all on the ground, JTG exploded to the scene and became a superstar last season with 2,093 total yards and 19 touchdowns as a receiver and as a runner.
It was an amazing turnaround that brings attention to just how quick a player’s career can change especially at running back. And based off of that star turn, the Rams and Gurley agreed to a 4-year contract extension for $60m with $45m guaranteed.
It’s clear Just Todd is the point man moving forward. But is he the leading man Hollywood seeks or just a star player on the local sports team?
There is no running back on the roster with the talent of Gurley. He’s locked in for years to come. The question is if there’s a threat for a growing number of snaps behind him.
Last year, the Rams signed RB Lance Dunbar. This year, they drafted RB John Kelly. They’re clearly trying to keep him from being overworked. Does that mean Gurley is going to see his work rate lessen over the course of the season?
It will be tough to top what Gurley did in 2017. The easy money would be to bet on a regression of Gurley’s stats. It would not be a surprise for me to see Gurley play on an elite level but not have the same statistics.
But the Rams would not have extended him if they were not going to use him. Gurley is the workhorse that the Rams offense needs to have the offense continuing to being as good as they were last year. Gurley makes QB Jared Goff’s life easier and that should continue this season.
Chances of Making The Roster (10/10)
How could he not be on the roster?
This is more about the position and his performance in the biggest games. The Rams aren’t a team in limbo anymore.
Gurley needs to show why.