4. Gurley was decent, but can improve
Before jumping into this discussion, let the record show that Todd Gurley played a big role for the Los Angeles Rams on offense during their opener against the Indianapolis Colts. But when taking a closer look at his rushing numbers, that’s where Gurley could certainly work on showing some improvement, especially when it comes to boosting his yards per carry average.
Finishing the first game with 40 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries was the last thing the Rams were hoping to see from Gurley, although he did end up finishing the contest with 56 receiving yards on five catches as well. Still, when looking at the excitement surrounding Gurley facing a struggling defense in the Colts, many expected his overall numbers to be better.
For a running back that was already facing pressure entering 2017 to make sure he managed to record multiple 100-yard rushing games unlike a yea ago, Gurley can hopefully figure out a way to improve next weekend when Los Angeles takes on the Washington Redskins. Otherwise, the concerns are only going to continue to grow for Gurley when it comes to being the answer at running back for this offense under Sean McVay.