Todd Gurley has proven to be a valuable member on offense for the Los Angeles Rams over the years.
For months, Gurley’s knee has been one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the NFL since the Rams made it seem like this was only a minor issue back in the winter, which clearly was far from the case.
It would be one thing if Gurley only had an off game in the NFC Championship after he was limited to just 10 yards and a touchdown on four carries, but following it up with only 35 rushing yards on 10 carries in the Super Bowl made it clear something was up.
Eventually, the news would come out that arthritis would be the issue Gurley was dealing with, and while the Rams deserve some credit for not pushing their beloved running back too much this offseason, there are still concerns.
As bad as it sounds, the questions surrounding Gurley don’t seem like they’re going to disappear until he actually proves himself when it matters the most on the football field, whether it happens to be in preseason or September.
With that being said, Adam Schein from NFL.com recently put together a list of the most indispensable players on offense heading into the 2019 season, which didn’t include quarterbacks since that obviously wouldn’t be as much fun.
To no one’s surprise, Gurley came in at No. 2 on the list since Schein made it pretty clear how much of a difference maker the Rams running back can be when healthy since there have been times over the last two years in which they looked like one of the top units in the league.
But when Gurley isn’t healthy, with Super Bowl 53 being the perfect example since Los Angeles failed to score a single touchdown when the knee was an issue, the offense is more at risk of being ineffective.
Does this mean there should be more concern surrounding the Rams heading into the 2019 season since training camp is only a few weeks away, and there’s still no telling what to truly expect from Gurley?
The good news for Rams fans is the team seems confident enough in being able to rely on Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown a little more if Gurley’s knee continues to be an issue heading into September.
Then again, there’s a reason why Gurley came in at No. 2 on Schein’s list as far as most indispensable players are concerned, and it will be interesting to see how all this plays out in Los Angeles over the next few months.
The pressure was already extremely high for the Rams to build off of last year’s success, and whether they want to hear it or not, the uncertainty surrounding Gurley only makes things more complicated.