With the Los Angeles Rams looking to take a different approach at running back in 2019, Malcolm Brown could be in for a career year.
As much as the Los Angeles Rams and their fans wanted to see C.J. Anderson return for his first full season with the team in 2019, all signs at the moment point to the veteran running back ending up elsewhere, or he most likely would have been signed by now.
Not to mention, with the Rams deciding to match the offer made by the Detroit Lions for Malcolm Brown seems to make it clear that Los Angeles is leaning towards the Texas product to potentially take on a heavier workload next season as a result of Todd Gurley‘s knee.
Words can’t even describe how frustrating it was to watch Gurley struggle the way he did during the NFC Championship and Super Bowl this past winter, especially since the Rams weren’t doing that great of a job with providing updates either.
After Gurley was held to just 10 rushing yards with a touchdown on four carries in the NFC Championship, Sean McVay strongly pushed the narrative that his beloved running back’s knee was completely fine.
Once the struggles continued for Gurley in the Super Bowl, Los Angeles continued to stick with the approach that nothing was wrong with his knees, that is until reports came out that he was dealing with arthritis.
Due to the new concerns, the Rams made it clear early on in the offseason they would be taking a different approach with Gurley’s workload in 2019 as a result of these new concerns, and rightfully so after looking at some of his struggles in the most important games of his career.
Originally, Anderson seemed to be a strong candidate to share the carries with Gurley in 2019 since these two made quite the duo in the backfield, but now that Brown is officially back on board, it looks like he will be the one taking on the increased role as the No. 2 running back.
In four NFL seasons, Brown has appeared in 40 games for the Rams while rushing for 514 yards with a touchdown, showing just how much Gurley was used on offense since the team never really relied on a No. 2 running back as much.
However, as mentioned before, Gurley’s arthritis has completely changed the approach for Los Angeles on offense heading into 2019 season.
And while the team hopes to see their Pro Bowl star continue to be a nightmare for opposing defenders, no one would be surprised if a potential increased role for Brown on offense to take some of the load off Gurley led to a career season for the backup running back.