RB Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
|6-1, 222||Born: 8-3-1994||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 20 vs NO (4 / 10 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Is Todd Gurley healthy? Is he just playing poorly? He received the first two touches of the game. The first was a simple Outside Zone to the left, in which the left guard got destroyed and could not seal the nose tackle on that side. It was a 4-yard loss. On the next play, he was targeted on a checkdown over the middle. New Orleans got pressure on Goff. The ball came out fast, but on target. It was off Gurley's frame, as Goff tried to lead Gurley away from the linebacker closing in. The ball ricocheted off Gurley's hands and into the linebacker's. CJ Anderson got almost all of the work on the Rams' first scoring drive. Gurley subbed in for him on 3rd and 6. The Rams lined up in Empty, with Gurley and Cooks to the boundary. Gurley ran a Whip route and let the ball smack him in the chest. The Rams began their two-minute drill with Gurley on the sideline. Gurley watched from the sideline as Brandin Cooks got the ball to the 6-yard line. Gurley punched it in on the very next play. The Rams settled for a field goal from the 18-yard line. Gurley started the first drive of the second half, but did not get a carry as the Rams went three-and-out. He really did not play much from that point on.
2017 Week 1 vs IND (19 / 40 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley looked the same as he did in 2016 which is disappointing as we had hoped that we would see some improvement since his disappointing year last year after not seeing much from him in the preseason. The issue continues to be that he has too many runs where he does not get any yardage as 9 of his 22 carries went for one yard or less. Gurley was able to find the end zone on a goal line shotgun carry where he was stopped at the one but a second effort found the end zone. The bright spot for Gurley is that he was productive in the passing game which made up for the lack of productivity in the rushing game. Gurley highlight was a play-action dump off pass that he was able to find open space to turn it into a 23 yard gain.
2017 Week 2 vs WAS (16 / 88 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
This was the best that Todd Gurley has looked since 2015, as the running back continues to be a threat out of the back field as he was able to catch three passes including a 28 yard reception where he hurdled the defender on route to his first career receiving touchdown. Gurley continues to shine when out in space and his offensive line created more holes in this game than we have seen over the last year or so. Gurley was able to find the end-zone twice in this game once on a one-yard run and another on a swing pass in which he hurdled a defender and dove into the end-zone for a touchdown. The one criticism of Gurley is that he continues to have issues fumbling the football as he fumbled twice in this game which he now has three fumbles on the season.
2017 Week 3 vs SF (28 / 113 / 2 rush, 7 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)
Gurley had a breakout game in this game as he found the end zone three times in this game. While all three of his touchdowns were within 7 yards of the end zone, his highlight reel carry was when his third touchdown in which he was given the ball and showed off his speed as he cut the ball to the outside to beat Dontae Johnson to the corner pylon. While Gurley continues to struggle to put up the yards per carry that we would like to see from all of his talent, he has been more effective catching passes out of the backfield as when Goff gets him into open space he is dangerous. Fumbling continues to be a problem for Gurley as he now has four fumbles in his first three games and while he has only lost one of those fumbles it is definitely a concern for the coaching staff for a player who fumbled just twice in 2016
2017 Week 4 vs DAL (23 / 121 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 94 / 1 rec)
After a relatively slow start to the year, Todd Gurley is looking more like 2015 Todd Gurley than 2016 Todd Gurley, as the team is utilizing his athleticism by trying to get him into open space. Gurley in open space has proven that he is incredibly difficult to tackle. Gurley has been tremendous as a receiver this year as he had the longest catch of his career on a wheel route setup by a tremendous block by Robert Woods.
2017 Week 5 vs SEA (14 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
The first drive looked like the picture-perfect start for Gurley and company. The offense marching right down the field and Gurley appeared to score from 12-yards out. Gurley took the ball up the middle, broke to the sideline, and tiptoed into the end zone. The call on the field was initially a touchdown but upon further review, Gurley fumbled the ball as he tried to reach across the goal line and the ball hit the pylon. By rule, this is a touchback and Seattle ball. Gurley never really got going again as his longest going on the day was the 11-yards before the fumble at the goal line. Goff targeted Gurley four times in the passing game including a deep wheel route on the final drive, but he was not able to break one free. Jacksonville has one of the top-rated pass defenses in the league and the game plan should call for a lot of Gurley on the ground from the get-go.
2017 Week 6 vs JAX (23 / 116 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gurley was the key piece in this offense as he was relied on to move the ball and to kill the clock as the Rams got out to the early lead. Gurley was successful doing both as he was very efficient running the ball averaging 5.0 yards per carry while his longest run was just 14 yards. Gurley who had problems both last season and early this season with negative or no yard carries as he would get hit in the backfield due to poor vision was able to avoid these carries as his offensive line did a great job creating holes for him in this game. One disappointing area is that Gurley was not used in the receiving game which is the second week in a row that he has not been utilized as a receiver and a large part of it is the emphasis that the opposing teams are putting on the running back with how successful he has been so far this season as a receiver in open space.
2017 Week 7 vs ARI (22 / 106 / 1 rush, 8 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Gurley continues his tremendous season as this is another week where he continued to show his improvement in his vision and cohesion with the offensive line. The biggest improvement for Gurley continues to be the elimination of the negative runs that we saw last season and early this season. Gurley is using more cutbacks and hesitation in his running attack which plays a big part of his success. This was most evident on his 18-yard run in which he very easily could have been tackled for a loss of three yards but instead juked the oncoming defender and cut the ball outside utilizing his speed to get to the pylon. Gurley continues to be a big part of the passing game as he was able to turn a check-down pass into a 38-yard gain after outrunning linebacker Karlos Dansby.
2017 Week 9 vs NYG (16 / 59 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley continues to show the burst of big plays this season as he had a 36-yard run in which he should have been stopped in the backfield for a loss, but he found a crease in the defense and slipped through a small hole. Outside of this run, Gurley struggled out of the backfield, as he averaged just 1.8 yards per carry on the rest of his carries in this game. Gurley did find the end zone twice in this game both on runs inside the five-yard line. Gurley was able to show his burst as a receiver as he took a screen pass 44 yards down to the one-yard line as he broke three tackles as he was running along the sideline.
2017 Week 10 vs HOU (11 / 68 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley as a running back reverted back to some of the tendencies we saw early this season and all of last season where he danced in the backfield trying to have a huge play. Of Gurley's 68 yards on the ground, 60 of them came on three carries including a 34-yard carry in which he took a run off-tackle in the fourth quarter and was caught by the shoelaces from behind in what otherwise would have been a 70-yard touchdown. Gurley was heavily utilized in the passing game this week as he saw seven targets, catching six of those passes including a 43-yard screen pass in which Gurley was able to use his open field
2017 Week 11 vs MIN (15 / 37 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley had the worst game of his season this week as he only had 37 yards rushing on 15 carries. The issue for Gurley was different than other poor games. In the past, we have seen Gurley have games where his yards-per-carry is very low due to negative rushes, but in this game, Gurley was unable to get past the linebackers as his longest run of the day was just eight yards.
2017 Week 12 vs NO (17 / 74 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
The Rams seem to be resting Todd Gurley a little bit now that they know they have a strong chance at a playoff spot. Gurley had just four carries in the first half, and 10 carries in the first three quarters. He did finish strong as he had seven carries in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Rams, but it is something to keep an eye on if the Rams fall behind. Gurley was effective when he was carrying the ball as he averaged 4.4 yards per carry, and did not have a big run to inflate that yard per carry number. Gurley's best weapon this season continues to be as a receiver as he made a tremendous juke play once he got into space for a 31-yard reception.
2017 Week 13 vs ARI (19 / 74 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley continues to be one of the best players in football this season as when you get him into open space he is incredibly difficult to stop. As great of plays as Gurley made in space and there were plenty in which he would not get touched until he was 10 or more yards downfield, his best play of the game was on a 1st and 10 on the Rams two-yard line in which the game was still close at the time in the third quarter. Gurley who has struggled in short yardage situations at times this season was able to go straight up the middle and get nine yards which was incredibly encouraging as most of his work this season has been outside the tackles.
2017 Week 14 vs PHI (13 / 96 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
If you look at Todd Gurley's overall stats you should be very happy as the running back had a huge day running the ball and looked terrific. Gurley's best play was on his first carry of this game as less than two minutes into the game the Rams faked the end-around to Tavon Austin and then pitched it out to Gurley who was able to use his speed to get around the corner and tight-rope along the sideline avoiding going out of bounds until the one-yard line. Gurley was able to finish the drive shortly after as he carried two defenders into the end-zone. In the fourth-quarter Gurley was able to take an off-tackle handoff from the nine-yard line and get to the pylon for a second touchdown. Most of Gurley's success in this game came on counter plays or off-tackle runs as the Rams tried to utilize the speed and size of Gurley instead of having him go up the middle against this very tough Eagles defensive line. The problem for Gurley if there was one this week was the game script, as he only ran the ball 13 times in this game largely due to the Rams falling behind early and the Rams abandoning the run in the second and third quarters of this game as they tried to catch back up.
2017 Week 15 vs SEA (21 / 152 / 3 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Gurley put up his best game of the season with 3 rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown for good measure. There was even potential for a 4th rushing touchdown, but Gurley was tackled on the 1-yard line and the Rams elected to throw it from the 1 instead of giving Gurley another shot. The first 2 touchdowns were of the 1-yard variety and was just straight power football up the middle. His third touchdown was a 57-yard scamper down the sideline where he made several defenders miss on his way to the end zone. Even if you took out this 57-yard run, Gurley still would have had 95 yards rushing. He was also the second-leading receiver on the team this week with 28 yards and a 14-yard touchdown catch. Gurley almost singlehandedly ran over the Seattle defense this week and he looks primed to continue that run with matchups against the Titans and 49ers to close out the season.
2017 Week 16 vs TEN (22 / 118 / 0 rush, 13 / 10 / 158 / 2 rec)
If you haven't heard by now, you probably aren't reading this in week 17. Todd Gurley had a game for the ages as he was the focal point of this offense, through the air and on the ground. We have talked about Gurley in open space all season and he showed off his ability on an 80-yard screen route in which he seemed untouchable as once he gets to full speed he is almost impossible to bring down. Gurley showed off his signature hurdle move several times in this game on receptions as he turned these into extra yards. As great as Gurley was in this game, he could have had an even bigger game as he was brought down by shoestring saving tackles on two separate carries early in the game that would have potentially led to additional long touchdowns.
2017 Week 18 vs ATL (14 / 101 / 0 rush, 10 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)
Gurley in the first half had very little going as he was taken out of the game due to stacked boxes and the Falcons put Keanu Neal as a spy on Gurley for most of the night instead of doing what most teams have done and put a linebacker on him. After a rough first half, Gurley was able to get it going in the late parts of the second half once the defense backed off the stacked boxes and Gurley was able to pick up some big plays once he got out into space on a 33-yard run in which Gurley remained patient for the hole to develop and once it was there he used his speed and power to hit the hole and was not touched for the first 20 yards of the run. From a receiving standpoint, Gurley had a tough go of it in this one as the aforementioned Keanu Neal did a great job preventing Gurley who had ten targets from doing anything with them as Gurley did catch four passes but was hit almost immediately each time he caught the ball.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 3 vs PIT (6 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Rams highly touted first round draft pick, Todd Gurley, entered the game on the second series of the game. Gurley alternated series with Tre Mason throughout the game. Gurley had no room to run every time that he had the ball in his hands. His largest play from scrimmage was a 5 yard gain on a screen pass on a 2nd and 11. Gurley was replaced on 3rd downs by Benny Cunningham. The Rams coaching staff is not yet comfortable with Gurley in pass protection.
2015 Week 4 vs ARI (19 / 146 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Rams running game was held to 9 yards in the first half. That did not continue as Todd Gurley broke out in the second half. Midway through the 3rd quarter on a 1st and 10 from the St. Louis 42 yard line, Gurley ran a counter around the right side for a 23 yard gain. On the next play, he ran for 12 yards up the middle. Early in the 4th quarter on a 1st and 10 from the St. Louis 32 yard line, Gurley busted out for a 52 yard gain. On the play, he hit the hole fast and sprinted down the left sideline. Late in the 4th quarter, Gurley was called upon to grind out the clock. On a 1st and 10, he ran up the middle for a 20 yard gain. A few plays later on a 3rd and 12 from the Arizona 38 yard line, Gurley took a handoff down the left sideline for a 30 yard gain. He gave himself up on the Arizona 8 yard line to run out the clock rather than fighting for a touchdown on the play.
2015 Week 5 vs GB (30 / 159 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley was a workhorse registering 30 rushing attempts. He ran hard and did not usually go down on first contact. Gurley was patient finding the hole and then exploding through it. Early in the 2nd quarter, Gurley cut back to hit the hole for an 11 yard gain. Later in that drive, Gurley took a hand-off and ran for a 6 yard gain before being ankle tackled from behind on the Packers five yard line. Early in the 4th quarter, Gurley ran off the right tackle as he broke off a 55 yard rush down the right sideline. Gurley was replaced on 3rd downs by Benny Cunningham.
2015 Week 7 vs CLE (19 / 128 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley had his third consecutive game with over 125 rushing yards. Gurley started off slow as he didn't have room to run early in the game. After his first 5 attempts, he only had 9 rushing yards. Early 2nd quarter, Gurley ran a toss to the left sideline for a 15 yard gain. Mid 2nd quarter, Gurley ran up the middle for a 7 yard first down. A couple of plays later, Gurley ran off the left tackle for a 15 yard gain to the left sideline. Late 2nd quarter, Gurley ran the ball hard up the middle for a 12 yard gain. On the next play, he caught a screen pass and scampered for a 23 yard gain. He followed that up with a 7 yard reception on a check-down. Early 3rd quarter, Gurley busted out by squeezing through a small hole in the middle of the line. Once he got to the second level, he cut back across the field and ran to the right sideline for a 48 yard gain. Late 3rd quarter, Gurley scored his first career touchdown on a 1st and goal from the one yard line. He ran the ball around the left tackle as he jogged untouched into the end zone. Late in the game after a Cleveland turnover, Gurley made a quick cut as he broke a couple of tackled before scoring his second touchdown of the afternoon. He ran with patience around the right side of the line for the 16 yard touchdown.
2015 Week 8 vs SF (20 / 133 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley had his fourth consecutive game with over 125 rushing yards. Gurley started off slow in the first quarter only getting minimal yardage on every touch. Early 2nd quarter, Gurley broke out with a 71 yard touchdown run. On the play, Gurley ran up the middle through a tight hole. He exploded past the second level and down the right sideline for the touchdown. Mid 2nd quarter, Gurley caught a screen pass for a 15 yard gain. Gurley started off the second half with an 8 yard run up the middle. During the next series, Gurley had two 7 yard rushes up the middle. One one of the touches, he carried a defender a couple of yards before going down. Gurley did not receive many touches in the second half due to the Rams holding a large lead. This was the first game that Gurley played without a knee brace. His top speed has increased every week this season.
2015 Week 9 vs MIN (24 / 89 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley didn't have much room to run throughout the game. A good sign is that the Rams kept going back to Gurley as he amassed 24 rushes for 89 yards. During the second series, Gurley ran the ball off the right side of the line for a 10 yard gain. Late 1st quarter on a 2nd and goal, Gurley took the hand off and hurdled toward the end zone. He was stopped short but landed on his feet. He gained his composure and fought for a 1 yard touchdown run. Gurley was unsuccessful on the 2-point conversion when he was stuffed at the two yard line. Mid 2nd quarter, Gurley ran a swing pass to the left sideline for a 11 yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Gurley ran off the left tackle for a 13 yard gain. Late 4th quarter, Gurley ran a sweep around the left side of the line for a 16 yard gain. On the next play, Gurley was stopped running to the right but he cut back breaking three tackles before spinning around for a 9 yard gain.
2015 Week 10 vs CHI (12 / 45 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley was productive early in the game but as the Rams fell behind on the scoreboard, Gurley's role was diminished. During the first series, Gurley caught a short pass and ran for a 31 yard gain hurdling a defender before going to the ground. On the next play, Gurley ran up the middle for a 8 yard gain. Gurley followed that up with a 6 yard rush up the middle. On 2nd and goal, Gurley took a hand-off out of the shotgun formation. He followed his blockers up the middle and dove for a 6 yard touchdown run. Mid 2nd quarter, Gurley caught a screen pass for a 11 yard gain. Gurley had 57 total yards during the 1st quarter. The Bears did a good job containing him the rest of the game as he ended with 89 total yards. Mid 3rd quarter, Gurley ran off the left tackle for 9 yards. Gurley did not receive any touches during the 4th quarter as the game was out of reach.
2015 Week 11 vs BAL (25 / 66 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley's number was called early and often during the game. He had a limited amount of room to run against a stout Ravens front seven. Mid 1st quarter, Gurley ran off the left tackle for a hard fought 6 yard gain. He followed that up with a 5 yard run up the middle. Late 1st quarter, Gurley received three straight carries from the 10 yard line. After rushes of 4 and 5 yards, Gurley put his head down and took the ball up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown run on 3rd and goal. Gurley fumbled during two separate QB exchanges in the 2nd half due to poor offensive line play. On the first fumble, Case Keenum stumbled out of the pocket after tripping on a pulling offensive lineman and the hand off was not clean. On the second fumble, Gurley was hit by the defense as soon as he received the ball. Late 4th quarter, Gurley ran off tackle for 6 yards. He followed that up with rushes of 7 and 3 yards up the middle.
2015 Week 12 vs CIN (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley did not have any room to run and was a victim of game script with the Rams playing from behind for the majority of the game. He was stopped at or around the line of scrimmage on every rush. Mid 2nd quarter while in the red zone, Gurley rushed up the middle for an 8 yard gain. With the Rams playing from behind, Gurley was limited to four touches during the second half. Early 4th quarter, Gurley caught a screen pass and broke a couple tackles for a 11 yard gain.
2015 Week 13 vs ARI (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley had 9 rushes for 41 yards. The lack of rushing attempts was due to the Rams inefficiency to sustain drives and game script of playing from behind. Early in the first quarter, Gurley received three straights rushing attempts but came away without a first down. On the first play, he took the hand-off and ran off the right tackle for a 5 yard gain. Gurley lined up in the wildcat-formation on 2nd down and ran up the middle for a 2 yard gain. On third down, Gurley had no room to run as he was stopped at the line of scrimmage. Late 2nd quarter, Gurley ran the ball up the middle for a 5 yard gain. Early 3rd quarter, Gurley rushed up the middle for a 34 yard gain. On the play, Gurley had a large hole to run through as he cut to the left sideline for his longest rush of the afternoon.
2015 Week 14 vs DET (16 / 140 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley made an impact with a couple long runs and 2 touchdowns during the second half. Gurley had 16 rushes for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was Gurley's 5th 100 yard game of the season. During the opening series, Gurley caught a screen pass for a 7 yard reception. Gurley had a slow first half with 7 rushes for 13 yards. Mid 3rd quarter, Gurley ran off the left tackle for a 49 yard gain. On the play, Gurley broke an early tackle before he got behind the defense. A couple of plays later on 2nd and goal, Gurley ran around the left side of the line for a 5 yard touchdown run. On the play, Gurley dove stretching the ball over the goal line prior to being tackled. Late 3rd quarter, Gurley broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and ran for a 25 yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Gurley ran up the middle for a 9 yard gain. On the next play, Gurley ran up the middle and cut to the right sideline for a 15 yard touchdown run. On the play, Gurley dove and stretched the ball over the pylon for the touchdown. Late 4th quarter, Gurley ran to the left breaking a tackle for a 21 yard gain.
2015 Week 15 vs TB (21 / 48 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley was held in check for the majority of the game due to ineffective offensive line play. Gurley had 21 rushes for 48 yards and 1 touchdown adding 2 receptions on 2 targets for 31 yards. On the first play from scrimmage, Gurley ran up the middle and pushed the pile for a 6 yard gain. A few plays later, Gurley caught a screen pass and ran down the right sideline for a 19 yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter, Gurley caught a screen pass for a 12 yard reception. Late 2nd quarter on 3rd and 1, Gurley ran up the middle and was met at the line of scrimmage. On the play, Gurley fought hard and extended the ball for a 3 yard touchdown run. That play put Gurley at 1000 rushing yards for the season. Mid 3rd quarter, Gurley ran up the middle finding a small hole for a 9 yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Gurley received 3 consecutive carries within the Bucs 4 yard line but could not reach the end zone for a second time.
2015 Week 16 vs SEA (19 / 85 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Todd Gurley had 19 rushes for 85 yards and 1 touchdown and added 1 reception on 1 target for 7 yards. Gurley is the 2nd Rams rookie with at least 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Early 1st quarter, Gurley ran up the middle for gains for 4 and 3 yards. Early 2nd quarter, Gurley ran off the right tackle for a 10 yard gain. Mid 3rd quarter, Gurley ran up the middle for gains of 3 and 4 yards. He followed that up by catching a screen pass for a 7 yard reception. Early 4th quarter, Gurley ran up the middle breaking a tackle for a 9 yard gain. A few plays later, Gurley patiently ran up the middle for a 20 yard gain. On the play, Gurley hurdled a defender and fumbled the football forward but the Rams recovered the fumble. A couple plays later, Gurley ran off the left tackle for a 10 yard gain. He followed that up with a 2 yard touchdown run. On the play, Gurley followed his blockers and fell forward into the end zone. Mid 4th quarter, Gurley ran up the middle for a 7 yard gain. On the next play, Gurley ran up the middle for a 4 yard gain. Gurley received a few more carries while running out the clock.