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Rams RB Todd Gurley says he’s ‘used to it’ regarding no touches in the 4th quarter

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Los Angels Rams star running back Todd Gurley is having a down year relative to the three-time Pro-Bowl rusher’s standards, and he’s finally speaking out about the diminished number of carries.

Speaking to The Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore, Gurley, 25, was nonchalant when asked about the lack of late-game touches, especially in closely contested, down-to-the-wire fourth-quarter situations, saying “Um, not really. I’m used to it.”

Despite Gurley’s seemingly decreased role on the Rams, who are reeling from a Week 10 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after their bye week, third-year L.A. head coach Sean McVay complimented Gurley’s performance (via USA TODAY Sport’s Rams Wire).

“I thought Todd really had some tough, hard-earned runs,” McVay said in his press conference. “We got some drives going, but then at the end of the day, we ended up being in some two-minute situations at the end of the game and it was kind of hard to get back into any sort of flow running the football.”

Gurley, a former Offensive Rookie of the Year winner in 2015 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, has a noticeably lower production this season, totaling 104 rushes for 428 yards and six touchdowns. He has also recorded 15 receptions in 2019 for 81 yards and one touchdown.

The Rams’ offense has shifted into a pass-first scheme, often seeing fourth-year franchise quarterback Jared Goff throwing a tremendous number of times per game. In fact, Goff has thrown the ball 35 times or more in six of L.A.’s nine games this season.