RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
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2016 Week 17 vs ARI (14 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley ends his abysmal season with another lackluster performance running the ball. Once again, Gurley had very little room to operate and no holes to hit as the offensive line seemingly was handled by the strong defensive line of the Cardinals. Gurley was able to show that he is still elusive in open space on a 29 yard dump off pass from Jared Goff that should have went for about 50 yards but was tripped up by the ankles on a soft tackle which were the type of plays we saw him break in 2015.
2016 Week 16 vs SF (23 / 67 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Today was Gurley's best chance to have a big game and go over 100 yards rushing, but even facing the league's worst overall defense could not help. Gurley did manage to take the ball right up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but that was his only saving grace on the day. He was given the chance in the 4th quarter on the goal line again, but after two failed attempts the ball was eventually put in the air to Tyler Higbee. Gurley added another 30 yards receiving on the day, but with no Kenny Britt to stretch the field there was not a lot of room for Gurley anywhere.
2016 Week 15 vs SEA (14 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
The sophomore running back failed to reach 100-yards again this week and has not hit that number all season. The big running back failed to reach 50 total yards for the game and cannot seem to find the magic from a season ago. A prime example would be a 4th and 1 from the Seattle 7 where Gurley was stood up by linebacker Bobby Wagner and after a review did not gain the 1 yard to keep the drive going. Gurley had an opportunity to push the ball further outside to gain the yard but decided to try and run through Wagner instead. Gurley will face a 49er defense that ranks last against the run next week but has shown no indication that he is going to bounce back.
2016 Week 14 vs ATL (16 / 61 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley was still given the chance to run the ball today, even with the team trailing the entire way. The second-year running back failed to reach the 100-yard mark again this week, but was able to save his day a little with a late touchdown. Gurley powered his way in from the 3-yard line to kick off the 4th quarter, but it was too little too late for this Rams offense. In his second season out of Georgia, Gurley is averaging just over 50 yards a game on the ground and has not come anywhere near what was expected. The Rams travel to Seattle on Thursday night and Gurley is not going to have it any easier against one of the league's best defenses.
2016 Week 13 vs NE (11 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Gurley failed to reach 100 rushing yards for the 12th straight game this season and it is hard to call him a star running back in the league anymore. There is a lot of uncertainty around the back and a very inconsistent offense, but the lack of production has been very alarming all season. Gurley only touched the ball 13 times on the day and did not eclipse 50 total yards. The "big play" on the day was a whopping 9 yard run off the left guard. It has been a very disappointing season and it does not look to change with tough matchups the rest of the way.
2016 Week 12 vs NO (13 / 50 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Each week we seem to talk about how disappointing Gurley played and this week is no exception. The Rams seem to be an offense without an identity and with the changeover to Goff that looks to continue. Gurley only rushed the ball 13 times and struggled to get anything going outside of a 13-yard rush off his left guard early in the second quarter. The big back also took a short pass 31-yards on the first play of the game to setup the early touchdown drive, but aside from the two big plays he did not factor into this one. Expect the Rams to be behind early and often in the next three games against tough opponents and this is going to limit the number of times Gurley touches the ball. The second year back has yet to reach 100 yards in any game this year and that streak looks to continue.
2016 Week 11 vs MIA (20 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gurley looked to break the streak of consecutive games without going over 100 yards, but could not eclipse the century mark again this week. Gurley did take the ball 24-yards off the right guard for the early touchdown and again looked to be finding his form from last season. However, the Dolphins began to stack the box as Goff was not pushing the ball down the field. It seems to be the same story every week for Gurley. The star running back cannot find any room to run when the opposing defense does not respect the quarterback and the passing game. The one concern here is that with Keenum, Gurley was catching the ball at the highest rate for his career, but he did not catch a pass in this game. Gurley gets to face a soft defense in New Orleans next week but will need the rest of the offense to get on the same page to find success.
2016 Week 10 vs NYJ (21 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The struggles for Todd Gurley continued in this one as the star back failed to reach 100 yards again this week. He is facing a stacked box on almost every play as opposing defenses do not respect the passing game, and yards have been tough to come by. Gurley was able to take the ball 13 yards up the middle in the third quarter for his lone highlight, but not much else on the day. Gurley was not used much in the passing game either as he only saw one target on the day. Gurley is supposed to be a top running back in the league, but with the offense struggling to find an identity it is going to be tough for him to get going. Miami ranks 29th against the run, but it will still be tough going for Gurley until the rest of the offense can get on the same page.
2016 Week 9 vs CAR (12 / 48 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Gurley has been anything but a star in Los Angeles as he failed to reach 100 rushing yards again today. The young back was used sparingly, but with no clear guy behind him, he does not have to worry about his job. The Rams only ran the ball 17 times throughout the game, and aside from Gurley's one 18-yard run, found little to no success against a stout Carolina defense. Gurley has been a major disappointment all season and showed it again today.
2016 Week 7 vs NYG (15 / 57 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 35 / 0 rec)
It appears this is who Todd Gurley is going to be the rest of the season, as he continues to put up right around the same game line the past few weeks. He continues to be utilized more and more in the passing game as the six catches this week was a season high for him. However, in three of his last four games he has failed to see twenty carries which is a big downgrade from the volume back that we saw last season. The problem is that this team is not committed to the running game as their offensive line continues to not create any running room for Gurley. This was a tough matchup for Gurley as the Giants defense has been stingy against the run, but this has been the trend all season where Gurley has been unable to get to the second level of the defense.
2016 Week 6 vs DET (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley continues to struggle to get push behind his offensive line, however this was his first game above 4 yards per carry which is a good sign. Gurley continues to develop in the passing game as he had his third straight game with three or more receptions which is an encouraging sign that we did not see a lot of early on this seasons. Gurley's lack of success is mostly predicated on teams loading the box and forcing the Rams to throw the ball which is what they did this week. However, the Rams did have a first and goal from the one yard line which Gurley was unable to punch in for a touchdown which is something that even in a stacked box is something that he needs to be able to do going forward.
2016 Week 5 vs BUF (23 / 72 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Gurley carried the ball 23 times for 72 yards and a touchdown but fumbled twice including losing one. The Rams really tried to lean on their star back, but he just could not break the big play and keep his team in it. Gurley continues to develop in the receiving game as he pulled in 3 of his 5 targets for 36 yards, but it was not enough to overcome a determined Bills team. Gurley's yards per carry continues to be a problem as he only averaged 3.1 yards per carry which was tied for his season best but definitely not what you want to see out of a top-level running back.
2016 Week 4 vs ARI (19 / 33 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley's struggles continue this season on the ground as he averaged just 1.7 yards per carry in this game. 11 of his 19 carries went for two yards or less, and when your longest run of the day is only five yards this is a major problem for his long-term outlook on this season. There just isn't anywhere for him to run this season. The offensive line is being knocked into the backfield and there is very little second level blocking allowing the linebackers to easily plug the gaps to make the tackle. Gurley's bright spot this week was his pass catching ability something that he had been working on this offseason, but this was the first time that we really were able to see this as he had five receptions which is more than the previous three weeks combined. The Rams are going to have to find unique ways to get Gurley the ball, and hopefully, they will keep passing his way as he had a great one-handed catch which he was able to run for 33 yards.
2016 Week 3 vs TB (27 / 85 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley's finally started to produce as if we had hoped for with a big fantasy day topped off by a two touchdown performance. He had a great cutback run in the third quarter for a gain of nine yards but was unfortunately tackled by Vernon Hargreaves the rookie corner around the ankle. If he was able to break that tackle he likely would have been able to turn up field for an additional 10-15 yards. Gurley later in the drive had a great 16 yard run through the hole but was unable to stay on his feet and fell at the one yard line and then punched in the run. He just seems to be going down too easily at the first point of contact which is really impacting his yards per carry as he is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry so far this season. He is a volume running back at this point, and needs to continue to see the high volume and touchdowns to pay off which is what we saw this week as he has not been involved in the passing game at all this season only catching three passes for nine yards.
2016 Week 2 vs SEA (19 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
The slow start for Gurley continues, as he had another game with less than 3 yards per carry. The issue is that this is the second week in a row where there has not been any space for the talented running back. The Seahawks predictably forced the Rams to throw the ball often crowding the box in making it difficult for Gurley to find any running room. Gurley had 11 carries that went for two yards or less and 7 carries that went for no gain or negative yards.
2016 Week 1 vs SF (17 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley came into this game with big expectations, and needless to say similar to the rest of the Rams offense he disappointed. He was hit several times behind the line before the play ever developed, and it appears that the lack of a passing threat really hurt him. Gurley only saw five carries in the entire second half and sat the entire fourth quarter once the Rams went down 21-0. We saw last year where the Rams had a tendency to remove Gurley in the 4th quarter in games that they were trailing. He didn't have any running room throughout the entire game as the 49ers were playing right on the line of scrimmage.
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