Grading Todd Gurley’s performance for the Rams in Week 7 against Atlanta
The Los Angeles Rams finally got back into the win column in Week 7 by taking down the Atlanta Falcons 37-10. Along with Jalen Ramsey’s debut, everyone was focused on Todd Gurley returning to the starting lineup after missing Week 6.
Gurley missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a quad injury. The Rams ended up losing their third straight game with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson leading the backfield.
Throughout the season, there still are more questions than answers surrounding Gurley and his usage in Sean McVay’s offense. Prior to Sunday, the Rams running back had just 328 yards from scrimmage on 79 touches and five touchdowns.
Then, in Week 7, the All-Pro running back assumed his starting role in the offense and contributed to Los Angeles’ first win in nearly a month. With that being said, what grade does Gurley deserve for his performance in Week 7 against Atlanta?
Gurley’s Week 7 Grade: C+
Again, since the end of last season, there have been growing concerns with Gurley and his knee. Even amidst a blowout win on Sunday, the dual-threat back didn’t do much to provide some optimism for his outlook on the season.
In Week 7, Gurley scored the Rams’ first touchdown of the game with a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch from Jared Goff. It was his first receiving touchdown of the season and that play ended up being the only reception that Gurley had in the game.
Aside from that touchdown, the talented running back was unable to get into a rhythm on the ground. Altogether, Gurley carried it 18 times for just 41 yards (2.28 yards per attempt).
The sad part of watching Gurley against the Falcons was seeing him miss reads when he was handed the ball. Over the course of his career, he’s never had trouble deciphering where the hole is.
I think this stuff is on Todd Gurley. pic.twitter.com/5HXpcn3534
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) October 20, 2019
Yes, the offensive line of the Rams hasn’t been nearly as good as they were in 2018. At the same time, Gurley has to cut this upfield once the guard moves his man out of the hole to give the running back room to gain some yardage.
This is just one of a few plays in this game that Gurley did this and missed out some easy yards. Additionally, the 25-year-old seemed to be wary of getting hit by defenders as the game progressed. It’s understandable that he doesn’t want to be re-injured but it’s concerning to see his confidence wavering in games.
At the least, it was positive to see the Rams offense show some life for the first time in quite a while.
Luckily for Gurley, he’ll get a chance to get back on track against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8.