Rams RB Todd Gurley speaks out on his increased workload
It has been a strange season for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley.
The three-time Pro Bowler got off to a strong start, carrying the ball 14 times for 97 yards in Week 1, but then, he had five straight games where he averaged under four yards per attempt.
Moreover, Gurley’s touches were limited, as he toted the football no more than 18 times in any one of his first eight contests.
Over the last several weeks, however, Gurley’s workload has increased.
He carried the ball 25 times for 97 yards and a score during a Week 11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and while he only had six attempts for eight yards in a 45-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, he bounced back with a 19-carry, 95-yard outing (to go along with a touchdown) last weekend in a victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
So, what does the 25-year-old think of his heavier usage?
“It’s been fine,” Gurley said, according to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com. “Obviously, what is it? Week 13, Week 14? Everyone’s kind of feeling the long season. Just got to do what you got to do to get your body right and your mind right for each Sunday.”
Gurley’s lack of touches early on did not come as much of a surprise, as he suffered a rather serious knee injury in Week 15 of last season and hasn’t quite seemed the same since.
However, with the 2019 campaign coming to a close, the Rams have decided to start using Gurley more, and it certainly appears to be working to their benefit.