With the Los Angeles Rams set to take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, it’s time to see how Todd Gurley looks in action.
For months, Los Angeles Rams fans have been patiently waiting to see how Todd Gurley would look in a meaningful game after it was clear last winter that something was going on with the star running back.
It was one thing for Gurley to only rush for 10 yards on four carries and a touchdown in the NFC Championship, but to follow up with another frustrating performance in the Super Bowl made it clear something was up.
While a report eventually came out that Gurley was dealing with arthritis in his knee, Los Angeles made it clear this offseason they would be taking a different approach with their beloved running back in 2019.
Normally, Gurley was always known to be a workhorse at running back, but it looks like the Rams will be figuring out a way to use Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson more this upcoming season to help take some extra pressure off.
Throughout training camp and preseason, Los Angeles stuck to a strict schedule for Gurley in which they would limit his action, and provide scheduled days off.
Rightfully so, it was easy to understand the decision by the Rams to hold Gurley out of preseason action since the last thing they wanted to do was make the situation worse by aggravating the injury.
But also, the one issue with this was now that Week 1 is officially here for a battle against the Carolina Panthers, what kind of impact Gurley will make is still a mystery.
Will Gurley show similar signs to the struggles from this past winter? Better yet, will Gurley shock the football world by returning to his usual level of play, and be an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses?
At this point with the opener only a few days away, no one seems to really know what to expect from Gurley once he finally steps foot on the field for the Rams.
However, one thing is certain, which is Gurley and the Rams can no longer dodge the questions about the running back’s status since Week 1 is finally here.
If Gurley shows no setbacks, and continues to look like a top running back in the league, well this will be best case scenario for Los Angeles.
But as mentioned before, if there are signs of any sort of struggle, the Rams will have plenty to answer in regards to Gurley heading into Week 2.