RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
General News (Tue Oct 15): hopefully will be available to play in the Week 7 game, according to head coach Sean McVay.
General News (Mon Oct 14): has a chance to return in Week 7, and the team hasn't ruled him out. However, the quad injury is on the same leg as his troublesome knee, which doesn't allow for a lot of stability.
Week 7: at Atlanta Falcons
FBG says: Neutral matchup. After missing week six against the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams are optimistic that running back Todd Gurley will be able to return to action here in week seven. Gurley's 2019 production has been substantially worse than his 2018 production, in part due to deteriorating health and abilities on Gurley's part, and in part due to horrific offensive line play from the bruisers up front. Gurley averages just 4.2 yards-per-carry in 2019 compared to 4.9 yards-per-carry last season. Los Angeles' offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL so far this season. Aside from All-Pro left tackle Andre Whitworth, the Rams' offensive line is littered with below-average run-blockers. This unit's troubles in pass protection have been well-documented given Jared Goff's struggles, but the inadequacy run blocking is equally egregious. Through six games, the Rams have yet to produce a single 100-yard rusher in 2019, and this weekend's matchup with the Atlanta Falcons projects to be another difficult matchup to break that trend. While the Atlanta Falcons have allowed sizable rushing totals through the first six games of the 2019 season, but those are primarily a product of high-volume rushing attacks driven by the score during the Falcons' 1-5 start. On the season, the Falcons rank 20th in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns allowed. However, Atlanta has allowed just 3.9 yards-per-carry, the 7th-best mark in the NFL. Atlanta's strong run defense can be attributed to a balanced unit with standout players at all three levels. On the defensive line, Grady Jarrett is one of the NFL's best interior defensive linemen. Alongside Jarrett, Tyeler Davison has taken his game to new heights in his first season as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Then, at linebacker, Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell both grade as above-average run stoppers. Both players possess elite speed for the position, and Campbell's size makes for a matchup nightmare in the trenches. While Atlanta's secondary struggles to defend the pass, safety Ricardo Allen has made a name for himself as one of the NFL's best run-stopping defensive backs when healthy. Following a season-ending knee injury early in 2018, Allen has returned to action in 2019 as the same run-stopper he was in years past. The Los Angeles Rams will have a long day at the office if they set out with the goal of establishing their rushing attack early in the game against Atlanta's stout run defense. The Rams will likely go another week without recording a 100-yard rusher barring any unexpected, explosive plays out of their backfield.
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
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (15 / 51 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Gurley dominated the Rams backfield against Seattle in terms of snaps and touches. He ran with power inside versus contact and ripped off two runs of consequence. However, he was contained from reaching the open field by the Seattle defense as even five targets did not result in a quality receiving performance and, save for two red zone touchdowns, Gurley lacked overall impact on the ground. Gurley added a drop and a lost fumble for his up-and-down game. On the positive side, Gurley looked closer to his early-2018 and 2017 self this week and he has seen minimal rotation with Malcolm Brown.
2019 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 16 / 2 rush, 11 / 7 / 54 / 0 rec)
Gurley's run game volume took a massive hit in the shootout loss to the Buccaneers as the Rams passed an unreal 68 times. On the plus side, Gurley amassed 11 targets in the comeback mode game script, including early-game receptions which eluded Gurley in the first three games of the season (four receptions total). Gurley did log two drops as missed opportunities, but also drew a defensive pass interference penalty as he was wide open on a wheel route. Among Gurley's meager five carries were two impressive red zone touchdowns, both through contact. The Rams defense will need a quick turnaround to provide the Rams run game more volume in Seattle for Week 5.
2019 Week 3 vs CLE (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gurley once against saw a quality snap count but the Rams run game sputtered to the tune of 50 yards combined between Gurley and Malcolm Brown. Gurley's quizzical lack of involvement in the passing game continues in Week 3 as he saw a mere one target. Gurley also missed on a touchdown opportunity, being tackled at the one-yard-line on a notable red zone carry and did not see the point-blank carry to finish the drive. Outside of a back-to-back sequence where Gurley gained 15 yards, the Rams offensive line struggled to create holes for Gurley throughout the game.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (16 / 63 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gurley was used more regularly in the red zone against the Saints, an uptick in his offensive involvement from the season opener. Gurley's passing game blackout continued, however, with a mere four yards through the air for the second week in a row despite the screen game being a Rams staple in previous seasons. Gurley added a drop but contributed a handful of strong rushing plays including a third-and-short conversion, goal-line touchdown, and a chunk run of more than 15 yards. Gurley's status as the lead back for the Rams has not been in question through two weeks, but his highlight plays have turned from regularity over the past two seasons to flashing moments.
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (14 / 97 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gurley was a full-go by reports for Week 1, however, he logged a mere 15 touches and Malcolm Brown was heavily involved with 11 carries, including high-leverage red zone work. Gurley was sluggish on his scant opportunities in the first half but surged to life in the second half with two runs of more than 15 yards and two other strong runs through contact, vintage Gurley plays. Gurley posted more than 100 total yards but did not see any touchdown opportunities as Malcolm Brown was the preferred short-yardage option near the goal line. The Rams draw the Saints in Week 2, a potential shootout in Los Angeles.
Latest NewsRams | Todd Gurley not on injury report (Fri Oct 18, 07:53 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. link to story Rams | Week 7 injury report for LA Rams (Fri Oct 18, 05:20 PM) - Los Angeles Rams LB Clay Matthews (jaw) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Atlanta Falcons. RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) also did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. S Eric Weddle (non-injury) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18, but was removed from the injury report. CB Jalen Ramsey (non-injury) and RB Todd Gurley (quad) practiced in full Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Rams | Todd Gurley likely to go Week 7 (Fri Oct 18, 03:56 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (thigh) is expected to play in Week 7 versus the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Sean McVay. Our View: Gurley will get the start and should get most of the work against a weak Falcons defense on Sunday. He's a RB2 with upside in Week 7.
link to story Rams | Todd Gurley remains limited (Thu Oct 17, 09:33 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) remained a limited participant in practice with a left quadriceps contusion Thursday, Oct. 17. link to story Rams | Todd Gurley a limited participant (Wed Oct 16, 08:53 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. link to story More News
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