Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Rams
Questionable
Injury Knee
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gurley put together another strong season in 2018, but the long-term condition of his left knee - the same knee he injured in college - is a concern. He missed the final two games of the regular season trying to get healthy, and while he looked fine against Dallas in the divisional playoff round, Gurley all but vanished in the Rams' final two playoff games, managing 45 yards on 16 carries. When he's 100 percent healthy, he's a perfect fit for coach Sean McVay's offense. The team's dynamic aerial attack prevents Gurley from facing stacked fronts - just 8.2 percent of the time last season, third lowest in the league - and his power and speed are amplified by all the extra running room he enjoys; his 35 rushes of 10-plus yards ranked second in the league (Ezekiel Elliott, 41). After three consecutive campaigns with more than 300 touches by Gurley, the Rams likely will scale back his workload to keep him off the shelf as much as possible, but there's no guarantee such a plan will even be effective. He's averaged 1,962 scrimmage yards and 20 TDs the last two seasons, so there's no questioning his upside, but the fifth-year back also carries more risk than other elite RB options. The Rams hedged their bets by matching an offer sheet for Malcolm Brown and then drafting Darrell Henderson in the third round. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $57.5 million contract with the Rams in July of 2018.
Dealing with arthritic component
RBLos Angeles Rams
Knee
June 18, 2019
Gurley's trainer Travelle Gaines said the running back has an "arthritic component to his knee" but should be fine for the 2019 season, Dave Richard of CBS Sports reports. "Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery whether it's a shoulder, a knee, an ankle," Gaines said. "He's now at the year-five mark, all we're doing is managing that."
ANALYSIS
Gaines makes an interesting point that it isn't any surprise for Gurley to require maintenance on his surgically repaired left knee. The public discussion is a recent development, but the Rams likely have been aware of the potential for problems all along. Whatever concerns the team might have didn't prevent Gurley from averaging 22.7 touches per game over the past two seasons, nor did they stop the front office from giving him a four-year, $57.5 million extension that includes full guarantees for his 2019 and 2020 salaries. The re-signing of Malcolm Brown and drafting of Darrell Henderson hint at a reduced workload, but Gurley still figures to handle the lead role. He said last week that he plans to practice with the team during training camp, after sticking to an individual program throughout the offseason. Coach Sean McVay already said he won't use his key starters -- presumably including Gurley -- in preseason games.
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How do Todd Gurley's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
9.4%
 
Positive Run %
84.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
61.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.0
 
Rushing TD %
6.6%
 
Touches Per Game
22.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
38.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.5%
 
% Team Targets
14.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
74.7%
 
Drop Rate
6.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.5
 
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Overall QB Rating Against
80.9
 
Cornerbacks
75.6
 
Safeties
91.6
 
Linebackers
83.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Todd Gurley's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
224 lbs
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Along with the rest of the Rams offense, Gurley thrived under new coach Sean McVay in 2017, leading the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,093) and touchdowns (19), scoring five more TDs than second-place Alvin Kamara despite sitting out a meaningless Week 17. In fact, Gurley's name was all over the leaderboards for running backs - first in goal-line carries, second in red-zone touches, fifth in runs of 15 yards or more and fifth in receptions, just to name a few categories. A physical specimen at 6-1, 227, he dominated defenders all over the field, as his sluggish form from the season before was replaced with the speed, explosiveness and elusiveness that were the hallmarks of his college days before he tore his ACL in November 2014. The Rams didn't rest on their laurels in the offseason, either. The team's offense could be even more dangerous after replacing Sammy Watkins with Brandin Cooks, and the Rams improved their depth along the offensive line in the draft. Defenses forced to choose between letting Jared Goff or Gurley beat them are likely to find there are no right answers, and there doesn't seem to be much that can slow Gurley down heading into 2018.
After a very impressive return from ACL surgery in his rookie campaign, big things were expected from Gurley in 2016, but he failed to deliver in the worst way, seeing a massive drop in his YPC and failing to rush for more than 85 yards in any game. The general ineptitude of the Rams offense around him was a problem, as the passing game couldn't stretch the field, the offensive line couldn't keep defenders out of the backfield and the coaching staff seemed checked out, but Gurley himself also showed little of the burst or speed that made him the 10th overall pick in 2015 despite his knee injury. On the bright side, he was more involved in the passing game last year, and at least the roster doesn't have anyone that seems likely to threaten his touch volume. The Rams brought in a new brain trust in the offseason, replacing Jeff Fisher as head coach with former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay and luring quarterback guru Matt LaFleur over from Atlanta as offensive coordinator, but those hires seem aimed more at getting the most out of Jared Goff than improving the running game. If the coaching changes and Goff's development result in defenses no longer stacking eight men in the box, Gurley could easily return to his rookie form, but heading into 2017 he no longer seems like a sure-fire star.
Gurley was a wait-and-see pick for fantasy last year, but the patient were rewarded — if you grade all the running backs in PPR value for the segment of games Gurley played, he finishes as the No. 3 player. A splashy comeback from someone who tore his ACL as recently as November 2014. In-game, patience was often the key to Gurley, as he went for a modest 3.5 YPC in the first half of games, then spiked it up to 6.2 YPC in the second half. Given the style of coach Jeff Fisher, it's not surprising the Rams remained committed to the running game consistently. Gurley went for 100 total yards or a TD in 10 of his 13 games, the type of consistency we pray for at this position. We'd like to see more work as a receiver, though — Gurley had 16 receptions in his first six games, but just five catches in his last six. While Gurley doesn't have the same outside-the-numbers wiggle as some of the other pass-catching backs, there's something to be said for unleashing him on a defense in different ways. And just getting him away from the mass of humanity between the tackles is a good thing; it's a sneaky way to protect wear and tear on your bell cow. And ring the bell the Rams will, over and over. They're in a new city, but the blueprint is the same — plus defense, rookie quarterback, so-so offensive line.
Despite tearing the ACL in his left knee last November, Gurley was still selected 10th overall by the Rams. Built like the prototypical feature back at 6-1, 222, Gurley runs with impressive power and burst and proved to be extremely difficult for college tacklers to handle, gaining an incredible 62 percent of his yards after contact in 2014. That strength is complemented by good speed in the open field and plus receiving skills, making him a true three-down threat. While his rehab has progressed well, he's not expected to be ready for Week 1, and the ACL tear wasn't his first lower-body injury, as he also dealt with ankle and hip problems at Georgia. The Rams rebuilt a below-average offensive line in the offseason to pave the way for their new star but will likely ease Gurley into action once he's fully recovered. Tre Mason, a 2014 third-round pick, is still around to handle starting duties while Gurley is out, and Mason could even potentially share touches as the Rams slowly ramp up Gurley's workload. Once healthy, though, Gurley could be special.
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Expects to be ready for camp
RBLos Angeles Rams
Knee
June 11, 2019
Gurley (knee) said Tuesday that he is feeling fine and will be ready for training camp, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Not partaking in OTA drills
RBLos Angeles Rams
Knee
May 28, 2019
Gurley (knee) has been at the team facility, but coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that the running back hasn't participated in team drills and is instead going through a different plan the team has come up with for his workouts, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
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Joined by rookie third-round pick
RBLos Angeles Rams
Knee
May 1, 2019
Coach Sean McVay denied that the Rams' selection of running back Darrell Henderson was tied to Gurley's knee issues, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. "This had to do with [Henderson's] skill set," McVay said. "He was a player that we identified as a unique playmaker."
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Still in recovery mode
RBLos Angeles Rams
Knee
April 15, 2019
Gurley said Monday that his left knee is "feeling pretty good," and he's "taking it [his recovery] day by day," Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
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Still 'focal point' of offense
RBLos Angeles Rams
Knee
April 12, 2019
Coach Sean McVay said on The Rich Eisen Show that he expects Gurley (knee) "to be the focal point" of the Rams offense in 2019 and beyond.
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