Los Angeles Rams: 3 reasons John Kelly deserves backup role over Malcolm Brown

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Here are three reasons why the Los Angeles Rams need to make John Kelly the backup running back to Todd Gurley instead of Malcolm Brown.

Heading into last season, there were some Los Angeles Rams fans that were ready to give up on running back Todd Gurley after the former Georgia star failed to record a single 100-yard rushing game during his sophomore season in 2016, although it wasn’t entirely his fault. Due to a poor offensive line along with a horrendous offense in general, it was unfair to place all of that blame on Gurley since the team didn’t put him in the best position, but luckily that is no longer the case with the Rams.

Thanks to Sean McVay coming on board and immediately making improvements, Los Angeles ended up with one of the top offenses in all of football. Even better, there’s a good chance the unit will end up being more effective during the 2018 season, with Gurley once again playing a big role in the offense living up to the hype.

With that being said, as much of a workhorse as Gurley has proven to be as a result of last season, even the best of players need a break from time to time. And while Malcolm Brown seemed to be a strong candidate early on in the offseason to be Gurley’s backup role once again, John Kelly seems to have emerged as a favorite to land the job.

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Back in April, Los Angeles knew they had nothing to lose by selecting the former Tennessee star in the sixth round since they already had Brown and Justin Davis to backup Gurley. But after an impressive preseason so far, McVay needs to give some serious thought into Kelly the No. 2 running back behind Gurley, and here are three reasons to back it up.