According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Los Angeles Rams plan to scrap the limited usage plan they’ve employed all season for RB Todd Gurley and will use him extensively the rest of the season, starting tonight on Sunday Night Football:
From @NFLGameDay: #Browns WR Odell Beckham needs sports hernia surgery, but he'll play today vs. the #Bengals. ... Meanwhile, as the #Rams get ready to unleash Todd Gurley, limiting carries has worked -- He's as fast now as he was in Week 1, based on practice metrics. pic.twitter.com/GvrOOSakgN— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2019
Gurley’s usage has begun to ramp up in the past few weeks as he’s totaled 28 and 20 touches, sandwiching a game against the Baltimore Ravens in which the Rams barely had the ball on offense.
The usage of Gurley has clearly been limited with the workhorse back registering only 176 touches through 13 weeks. Extrapolating for the remainder of the year, Gurley’s current usage would result in a career-low in touches, finishing with less than his 250 touches in his rookie season in which he was coming off a torn ACL in his final year at Georgia.
The Rams are best when riding their workhorse and allowing the remainder of their offense to sprout from the threat of a run. It’s time to scrap the plan and ride #30 into the dirt. The playoffs begin for the Rams tonight.