1. Extra Motivation From Gurley
As mentioned earlier in this article, Todd Gurley made a bold statement when making the claim that fantasy football owners would be wise to select the running back with the top overall pick in their drafts. So imagine the level of disappointment when Gurley not only let his teammates down by failing to record a single 100-yard game during his sophomore season (885 rushing yards and six touchdowns), but his fantasy football owners as well.
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Obviously, Gurley cared more about his teammates in that scenario, but last year’s disappointing season is the perfect motivation for the running back to bounce back even stronger in 2017. Thanks to the struggles that took place last year, there are plenty of NFL fans that have already written Gurley off for being one of the league’s top running backs, claiming his successful rookie season in 2015 was a one-time thing and won’t ever happen again.
Gurley realizes he’s not entirely to blame when looking at all of the issues the Rams were dealing with on the offensive side of the football last year, but at least he should be happy over the organization addressing these areas in need of improvement over the last few weeks. When taking all of these factors and additions made by Los Angeles during the offseason into consideration, all signs point to Gurley bouncing back with a strong outing in 2017 to make a statement once again as to why he deserves to be in discussion for being one of the top running backs in the league.