The actual football season is almost here and here at Downtown Rams we feel it’s time to start predicting how the season will go for these players. Let’s continue on in this series with the Rams star running back Todd Gurley.
Todd Gurley was regarded as a franchise altering player coming out of Georgia. He went down with a torn ACL in his last year in college and people still didn’t stop believing in him. The Rams certainly can vouch for that idea since they were the team that took Gurley no.10 overall in the 2015 NFL draft. The start of the 2015 season was on the shelf because Fisher didn’t want to chance re-injuring the knee. Week three versus the Steelers they let Gurley dip his feet in the water in a truly unspectacular debut. Week four was a different story. Gurley came in as the starter and dove into the NFL in a big way rushing 19 times for 146 yards. Ever since he has become a star and a Rookie of the Year winner as well as a Pro Bowler.
Now he comes into the 2016 campaign 100 percent healthy and the same offensive coordinator. It’s worth noting his last offseason was mostly in limited fashion because he was just trying to recover from the knee injury. This offseason Gurley has been a complete participant and has been able to focus more on his improvement than his rehab which he did last year. With that being said Gurley could be in for a monster year and regardless of who is taking snaps under center they are going to need a monster season from Gurley to propel them to the playoffs.
Here is our predictions for Todd Gurley’s 2016 season:
Gurley’s predicted 2016 statistics (in 16 games):
Yards per Carry: 5.2
Rushing Yards Per Game 104
Rushing Yards: 1,664
Rushing Touchdowns: 11
Receiving Yards: 360
Gurley and company go on to have a mid-tier offense which would be amazing compared to last season’s last place offense. Gurley’s ability to break open games will also lead to a few wins in which the Rams are lackluster during the majority of the game and Gurley will get those key big runs that gash the defense and open games wide open. The Rams will have a couple of games where they have the ability to blow teams out but don’t think that will be the norm in L.A. These young Rams still have work to do and many games should come down to a score or two differences. Gurley’s 1,664 will lead the league and his effectiveness will only open up the passing game for quartrbacks Case Keenum and Jared Goff.
I am expecting this to be a great year for Gurley but he won’t be getting 400 carries. Make no mistake this team wants to pound the rock but they will throw the ball more than many think. Boras is run first but with the addition of passing game coordinator Mike Groh it could be interesting. Gurley will be used in the passing game more this year and his struggles are overblown seeing as he caught 21 of 26 passes thrown to him last season.
Gurley will be enough of a force to propel the Rams in the playoffs if the QB play is average. However I think the QB play will be better and if that’s the case the sky is the limit for this Rams offense.