In three short years, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has seen his share of ups and downs. After an impressive rookie season, his sophomore year was a bit of a flop. However, in 2017, he busted back onto the scene like a man possessed setting career highs in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns. He’s also a big contributor as a receiver out of the backfield.
The former Georgia Bulldog is a skilled athlete who impresses in multiple ways, and is a constant mover of the first down marker. To be in the conversation as one of the best ever within your organization is even more impressive when that same franchise boasted the likes of Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk. Gurley’s not only re-stated his claim as a first rounder, he’s proven to the franchise that he’s a person they can build around.
It’s no secret that an effective running game is essential for a deep playoff run. With Gurley lining up in the backfield, the Rams can check that need off their list with confidence. At just 24 years of age, he’s already considered one of the best ball carrier’s in the league, and has taken a comfortable seat in Eric Dickerson’s top three of today.
One thing’s for sure, his efforts are more than appreciated as evident by his four-year, 60 million dollar extension. Not only has he become the highest paid running back in the NFL, his extension has come with two full years left on his current contract. After investing a number 10 pick overall and having it pay off, the Rams know what they have in their young back and are not willing to let his talents be utilized anywhere else. Now that we’ve highlighted his prior achievements, let’s analyze three realistic goals that could be in his near future.