2. Who’s going to replace Todd Gurley?
It seems like forever ago that Todd Gurley had 21 total touchdowns but it was just two years ago. Consequently, before 2018, the Rams would hand Gurley a massive contract extension, paying him $57.5 million dollars over a four-year period. Just two years into the deal, he’d be cut.
Gurley, who was the centerpiece of the Rams offense would follow up his 21-touchdown season in 2018 with just 14 total touchdowns in 2019 despite his 15 starts, averaging just 3.8 yards per carry, the second-lowest average since his sophomore season in 2016.
To replace Gurley, the Rams invested in running backs via the NFL Draft in both 2019 and 2020. Darrell Henderson, who was a third-round pick in 2019, started zero games last season while averaging just 3.8 yards per carry. Then there’s Cam Akers, who was the 52nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The rookie will enter 2020 as an option to start, making him the team’s first-string running back.
It’s quite likely that Akers and Henderson will battle it out in training camp. As of right now, Akers seems like he’ll be Gurley’s replacement, considering he averaged 4.9 rushing yards per carry and seven yards per reception over a three-year period at Florida State University.