The St. Louis Rams selected Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley with their first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. They didn’t necessarily have to have a running back, but they couldn’t convince themselves to pass on Gurley. He has been rehabbing from a torn ACL that he suffered late in his junior season with the Bulldogs, and he has been making major leaps forward over the past couple weeks.
According to Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, fans shouldn’t expect to see Gurley participate in preseason action despite the improvement his knee has shown recently.
Jeff Fisher to @AndrewSiciliano: Gurley unlikely to play in preseason. Doesn’t need to see Gurley in preseason play him in regular season.
— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) August 7, 2015
During the 2014 season with the Bulldogs, Gurley ended up playing in just six games. He still was able to run for 911 yards and nine touchdowns on 123 carries. Those numbers average out to an impressive 7.4 yards per carry, and the Rams are excited to see that type of production come to their offense on the ground.
Gurley will likely play early on during the 2015 season, and doesn’t appear primed to miss all that much time. Fisher’s comments made it clear that Gurley can come in and play in the regular season immediately even without some preseason action. Keeping him out and letting him continue working out and getting back to 100 percent is exactly the right move by St. Louis.
There have been quite a few glowing comparisons for Gurley since the draft process, and most seem to compare him to either Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch.
If he can truly become the mix of those two players that many see in him, then the Rams will have drafted an absolute superstar. St. Louis needs to keep Gurley out until he is at 100 percent, and they have Tre Mason who is more than capable of being a consistent running back until he gets back on the field. Rushing him back would be a huge mistake, and it’s obvious that the Rams aren’t going to do that.
Expect to see Gurley back on-the-field fairly early on during the 2015 season, and for him to look completely healthy and back to being the star that he was during his career at Georgia.
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