Todd Gurley and Benny Cunningham spent the last two years together as members of the Los Angeles Rams.
When the 2017 NFL free agency period officially got underway two weeks ago, early signs pointed to the Los Angeles Rams parting ways with Benny Cunningham, which is exactly what happened after the running back joined the Chicago Bears on a one-year deal. Even though he’s no longer a member of the Rams, plenty of Cunningham’s former teammates were sad to see him go, especially Todd Gurley.
The former Georgia standout has been fortunate enough to play with Cunningham over the last two years, and Gurley’s Twitter post from Wednesday night shows how much he’s going to miss having his former teammate around. Instead of working out another deal with Cunningham, the Rams decided to go a different approach during the first year under Sean McVay as head coach by bringing on Lance Dunbar as the backup to Gurley for the 2017 season.
In response, it was nice to see Cunningham respond to his former teammate in Gurley on Twitter, along with acknowledging the organization for the last four years of his career.
There’s no denying the Rams are going to miss having Cunningham on special teams since he was responsible for 95 kick returns over the last four seasons, but Dunbar seems like the much better option. Even though there’s some concern over Dunbar since his production has been down over the last two seasons thanks to injuries and a crowded backfield with the Dallas Cowboys, it will be exciting to see how McVay uses his skills on offense as Gurley’s backup.
Dunbar may be considered a running back, but it’s safe to say he’s even more dangerous for his skills as a receiver since he’s capable of turning a quick pass into a big gain, which could work wonders for Jared Goff and the rest of the Rams’ offense.