RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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General News (Wed Jan 16): will be limited in practice all week despite his knee being fine, according to head coach Sean McVay.
Week 20: at New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Bad matchup. There's not much left to say about what this ground game was able to accomplish in the Divisional Round. Today's games are typically won through the air, but the Rams identified crucial weaknesses on the Dallas interior and pounded it relentlessly. Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson combined for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns over 39 carries, controlling the game's flow from start to finish. The Rams also succeeded on a few jet sweeps to their athletic, versatile wideouts, and quarterback Jared Goff iced the game with the biggest run of his life on the final possession. The runners were fantastic, but it was the play of this elite front line that made the day possible. The 5 starters have been on the field for all 17 games this season, and their cohesion was apparent as they routinely locked up Dallas tacklers and brushed them aside. Simply put, their trap and second-level blocking were sights to behold. Center John Sullivan was particularly dominant on the inside, regrouping nicely from a shaky close to his regular season. It's hard to pin down the distribution between the two key runners: Gurley looks recovered from his in-season knee injury, but is still working back into optimal game shape. Coach Sean McVay has hinted as much over the past few weeks, and Gurley may again be held below 20 attempts regardless of the game's score. Anderson will continue to spell him liberally, and he's looked determined and powerful in his Rams rebirth. He's racked up 167, 132, and 123 yards in his 3 games with the team, routinely churning through holes and driving ahead for yardage. This Sunday, the Rams will almost certainly look to keep the ball on the ground for as long as game script allows. The Saints lost their most important run defender, nose tackle Sheldon Rankins, to a torn Achilles in the Divisional Round, leaving a massive hole in the front seven. Another dominant performance in the trenches should free up Gurley and Anderson to test the Saints' linebacking group. Considering how they ran wild against the Cowboys' strong second level, this group is certainly trending way upward for Sunday. The Saints defense has dominated in the run game throughout 2018, and that extended nicely into last week's win. The Eagles' jumbled rushing attack managed just 49 yards on the ground, with their longest gain by a running back going for just 8. On the season, the Saints have allowed just 3.6 yards per rushing attempt, second-best in all of football. Only a single opposing runner (Ezekiel Elliott in Week 13) has topped 70 yards in this matchup, and even he averaged just 3.3 in the process. The 14-3 Saints have typically led their games from start to finish, forcing opponents to abandon the run early and limiting the impacts of even the game's best runners. This isn't a perfect unit, though, and those numbers have often been buoyed by game flow. Several talented runners - including Todd Gurley, who racked up 5.2 yards per rush in Week 9 - have been able to produce efficiently. And it remains to be seen how the Saints will cover for the loss of breakout tackle Sheldon Rankins, who tore his Achilles last weekend. The drop-off may not be too severe: Rankins has been more impactful against the pass than the run, and the team is fairly deep along the line. They'll lean heavily on nose men Taylor Stallworth and Tyeler Davison, both of whom have ranged from strong to serviceable as interior run-stuffers. But their work is cut out for them against the Rams' dominant front, and they'll be needed to help keep the linebackers clean in pursuit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Todd Gurley's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs DAL (16 / 115 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
The Rams claim that Gurley is fully healthy, but CJ Anderson's impressive play is forcing them to reduce Gurley's workload and ride Anderson for long stretches. Gurley was extremely effective for the Rams on the ground, despite the reduced workload. He scored on a 35 yard run (set up by a Dallas pass interference that extended the drive for Los Angeles) right up the middle. He made a hesitation cut at the line of scrimmage, made the first safety miss on another cut, then outraced the remaining defenders' angles as he sprinted for the score. At this point, the Rams had extended their lead to 20-7, forcing Dallas to play from behind for the rest of the game. In the second half, the Rams decided to mostly keep Gurley parked. He did have a big run on the first drive of the third quarter, but the Rams were content to use CJ Anderson to run out clock with a lead.
2018 Week 15 vs PHI (12 / 48 / 2 rush, 13 / 10 / 76 / 0 rec)
Despite getting stuffed for a four yard loss on his first carry, Gurley did well churning out positive yardage on inside runs early in the game. Eventually, game script turned on the Rams, and he ended the day will only 12 carries. He capped off a touchdown drive in the first quarter with a five yard inside run. He carried the Rams down the field on the drive following Goff's first interception. However, a Robert Woods OPI penalty killed the drive and ended it with a field goal. Gurley stayed involved even when the game script got out of hand, finishing with 10 catches and 76 receiving yards ñ both team highs. He scored his second touchdown of the game on a one yard run after the officials overturned a Josh Reyolds touchdown catch and ruled him down at the one-yard line.
2018 Week 14 vs CHI (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Gurley struggled to his worst game of the season in Chicago, mirroring the Rams' overall futility on offense. Gurley was largely ignored in the game plan in lieu of a pass-centric approach despite the close score for much of the game. Gurley had his best opportunities in the receiving game, but dropped a late target and Jared Goff overthrew Gurley on a screen with blockers in front, a staple play for the high-powered Rams this season. Gurley's lone moment of success on the ground came on back-to-back carries in the fourth quarter, totaling 16 yards, before the offense shifted away from Gurley yet again. Gurley will have a good chance to get back on track against the Eagles back in Los Angeles next week.
2018 Week 13 vs DET (23 / 132 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
The last we saw of Gurley, he was a non-factor in one of the highest scoring games in NFL history (through no fault of his own, as he sustained and played through an injury very early in the game). The Rams offense (the passing game in particular) sputtered in both the first and third quarters, but they were able to lean on Gurley for production in their leaner moments of the game. By the 4th quarter, the Lions defense was gassed and had given up. He ran untouched for 13 yard right up the on his first touchdown run. While the Rams were trying to run clock in the last four minutes, Gurley went untouched until the third level, where he broke the safety's tackle. He ran back and forth inside the five, trying to use as much time as possible. He scored easily two plays later for his second touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs KC (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Through no fault of his own, in this game it felt like every carry was a wasted down. He got rolled up on the sidelines on the first series, and seemed to be in the game mostly for show from there out. The play-action screen pass is probably the most successful play in the Rams' arsenal. However, the score/pace of the game never really lent itself to a huge Gurley workload.
2018 Week 10 vs SEA (16 / 120 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Gurley set a touchdown up on the first drive with a 20 yard catch and run off of a dumpoff pass, the longest play of the drive. In almost every game, he has at least one drive in which the Rams completely turn the offense over to him. Said drive was the fourth in this game, where Gurley had runs of 11, 9, 10, and 17 yards - the final one going in for a score. He did have a drop where Goff got flushed and threw a hard to reach pass to Gurley's back hip - it got popped up in the air and almost intercepted.
2018 Week 9 vs NO (13 / 68 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 11 / 0 rec)
Gurley went right though the NO offense on the ground on the first drive, capping it with an 8 yard touchdown run. He does such a good job of faking inside then bouncing it out on corners in run support, which he did on his touchdown. He was stuffed for a six yard loss on the Jet Sweep Touch Pass - the first time someone has really stopped that package for the Rams this season. Because of the large deficit, the Rams were not able to really involve him on a consistent basis for the first time this season. Malcolm Brown - Brown was not really involved in the game, but did display some amazing sideline body control along the sideline on his touchdown reception.
2018 Week 8 vs GB (25 / 114 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)
Gurley got a lot of work running the ball, but was mostly stuffed on the ground in this game. He made a nice vertical press and bounce outside on first carry for 7 yards on the first carry, but got swallowed up inside for the rest of the drive. He didn't have a good carry again until 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, a nice insie zone for 7 yards. The Rams ran hurry up on the next play and gave it to him again on 3rd and 1 and he was stuffed for a 2 yard loss. He had a huge catch along the left sideline on a wheel route to help spark the Rams' first scoring drive. It was initially ruled incomplete, as it was semi-contested and looked as if he may have been bobbling it as he went out of bounds, but a challenge and replay deemed the play a catch for 32 yards, bringing the ball to the Green Bay 3 yard line. Gurley was stuffed on the next two inside runs, before Goff converted a short touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on 3rd down. The Rams attempted to go for 2 to bring the score to 10-10, but Gurley failed to convert the rush attempt. The Rams scored because of two big pass plays on one drive, but overall the Packer defensive front dominated the half. On his touchdown reception in the second half, he lined up as an outside wide receiver in empty and ran a simple Shallow Cross. It looked like a coverage bust as the Packers where everyone played man except for the defender covering Gurley. He was wide open and ran in untouched for a 30 yard receiving touchdown. On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Gurley lined up as the X wide receiver (with Cooks as the runningback in shotgun next to Goff), and beat the DB by running a quick in cut for an easy pitch and catch.
2018 Week 7 vs SF (15 / 63 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 23 / 1 rec)
The 49ers held Gurley mostly in check on the ground and through the air. He is unstoppable at this point in terms of converting easy touchdowns. He added another three scores on the day to bring his total to 14 through 7 weeks. His first touchdown came from 7 yards out, soon after the 49ers fumbled and turned the ball over to the Rams deep in their own territory, as he went almost untouched up the middle. His second touchdown was punched in from the 1 yard line, after the 49ers threw an interception and had it returned to their own 11 yard line. To set up his third touchdown, the Rams returned a 49er punt all the way to the 12 yard line. Gurley got an inside carry that was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. On the next play, the Rams ran their patented Play Action screen pass, where Gurley got behind the defensive linemen getting upfield for an easy catch and run touchdown.
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (28 / 208 / 2 rush, 5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gurley's first touch was a drop on a Touch Pass Jet Sweep. From there on, he absolutely carried the Rams' offense. On his first three carries, he picked up 35 yards to open up the Rams second offensive drive. On the second drive, he opened up dominating the Broncos again - 47 yards two runs and a catch on the first three plays. On 3rd and 2 from the 11 yard line, he got stuffed at the line of scrimmage. The Rams called a timeout. The offense broke the huddle and hurried to the line - instead of going through their various presnap motions, they snapped the ball immediately and caught the Broncos defense before they were set. Gurley rewarded them by not just converting, but by running untouched to the endzone. After a quick three and out in their first drive of the second half, the Rams completely turned their offense over to Gurley and Woods. Gurley touched the ball or was targeted on 7 of 10 offensive plays before punching the ball in from the 1 yard line for a touchdown. The chunk plays seemingly dried up and Gurley/the Rams were playing more methodical before he ripped off a 26 yard gain on a misdirection Toss with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. This was a huge run and essentially put the Rams in scoring position while up only score late in the 4th. The drive stalled out, but the Rams were able to kick a field goal to extend their lead to two scores - hugely important as the Broncos scored a touchdown on their next drive to bring the game to 23-20.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (22 / 77 / 3 rush, 5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Seattle's defensive line won the matchup overall in the run game against the Rams. His production as a runner was middling overall, although he capped off almost all of the Rams' drives with short scores. He did carry the offense on their first scoring drive with a big time catch and run conversion on 2nd and 16. He broke a tackle on a catch in the flats. On the next play, he wiggled his way through the middle of the defense on an inside carry for 16 yards to take the ball to the 2 yard line before punching it into the endzone on the next play. He almost scored a TD on a touch pass again, but dove from the three yard line and came down at the one. He was stuffed on the next carry and the drive ended in a field goal. He capped off the Rams' scoring drives in the second half with short touchdown runs after the team rode Josh Reynolds and Robert Woods down the field.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (17 / 83 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 73 / 1 rec)
Gurley had a fantastic day on the stat sheet. He consistently ground out 8 yard gains running inside zone. The Vikings poorly schemed the Rams' Inside Zone/Jet Sweep action, and the Rams were able to run the ball whenever they wanted. While most of Gurley's receiving production comes off of their Play Action Screen concept, he showed just how dangerous he can be as a pass catching option getting vertical on his touchdown catch. He lined up to Goff's left in shotgun and ran a vertical seam route right off the left tackle's butt cheek. He gave Anthony Barr a little hesitation move right when he broke to the second level, then accelerated past him up the seam where Goff placed a perfect throw over Gurley's shoulder. While they didn't really go to their patented PA Screen in this game, when they finally did run it, it popped off for a 50+ yard gain in the second half.
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (23 / 105 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Gurley opened up the game gashing the Chargers on the first drive. However, he fumbled during a tackle attempt on him on a screen pass (Chargers recovered). He easily scored a TD in one attempt after a Brandin Cooks reception brought the ball to the 1 yard line. Left some meat on the bone with a huge gain on a screen pass in the third quarter called back on a ticky-tack holding call. He did get more redzone work in the third quarter, but the drive was capped off by a short Robert Woods touchdown catch. He got a huge chunk of his attempts down the stretch of the game after the Rams opened up the second half with 14 points, pulling away from the Chargers.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (19 / 42 / 3 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
The Rams notably tried to attack the Cardinals with runs to the right side with Gurley with very little success from a YPC standpoint. The Arizona front 7 played very aggressively and got stops behind the line of scrimmage. While Gurley wasn't overly productive from a YPC standpoing, he was the Rams' engine inside the redzone, scoring 3 times on the day. On his first TD, Higbee and Kupp both got great seals on the edge and Gurley was able to drip outside for an 11 yard TD. It was great blocking and great patience by Gurley to press the run inside before cutting out at the least minute and breaking a Patrick Peterson tackle attempt to get to the perimeter. He converted the 2 point conversion on an inside zone (LAR had to run 2-point because their kicker wasn't available). Gurley got a ton of work in both run and pass game to close out the 2nd quarter, capping the drive off with a 1 yd TD run as the clock hit :00. He converted another short TD late in the third quarter putting the Rams up 27-0 and exited the game thereafter.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (20 / 108 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 39 / 1 rec)
The Rams did not involve Gurley early, and the Raiders were able to take a lead on the Rams into halftime. In the second half, the Rams leaned on Gurley and made him the centerpiece of the offensive attack. He took his second touch of the game to the house - officially recorded as a reception but it was a 19 yard Touch Pass/Jet Sweep from inside the redzone. He started as the weakside perimeter receiver from an empty formation and motioned into the backfield pre-snap. He was almost untouched on his way to the endzone, making a few nice cuts to avoid contact in the open field off his blocks. In the second half, he carried the Rams offense. He ran inside zone, tosses, screens and opened up the passing game with play action. He only exited the game for a few plays in the early fourth quarter.
Latest NewsRams | Todd Gurley will be limited this week (Wed Jan 16, 04:56 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be limited in practice all week despite his knee being fine, according to head coach Sean McVay. Our View: No surprise here. The Rams went ahead and split carries between Gurley and C.J. Anderson in the Divisional Round. This Sunday against the Saints, we expect them to follow a similar plan.
link to story Rams | Todd Gurley sharp in return (Sat Jan 12, 11:40 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) rushed 16 times for 115 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for three yards in a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 12. Our View: Gurley didn't look 100% at all times, but he was explosive enough to break off a few big plays and certainly will play a large role again next week.
link to story Rams | Todd Gurley good to go (Thu Jan 10, 04:39 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Jan. 10. Our View: No surprise here. Gurley had three weeks to get some rest on his knee. He's going to start and should get his normal workload. The Rams starter over the last two weeks of the regular season, C.J. Anderson, should have more of a reserve role in the Divisional Round.
link to story Rams | Todd Gurley limited again Wednesday (Wed Jan 9, 08:16 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Wednesday, Jan. 9. Our View: Gurley had three weeks to recover from this minor knee injury. He missed the final two games of the regular season and had a bye week to get more rest. Gurley will get his normal (large) workload while C.J. Anderson will get more of a backup role.
link to story Rams | Todd Gurley set for normal work week (Wed Jan 9, 05:08 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) experienced no soreness in his knee following the team's walk-through Tuesday, head coach Sean McVay said Wednesday, Jan. 9. He is expected to practice Wednesday and go through a normal work week. Our View: Gurley had three weeks to recover from this minor knee injury. He missed the final two games of the regular season and had a bye week to get more rest. Gurley will get his normal (large) workload while C.J. Anderson will get more of a backup role.
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