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    Rams' Todd Gurley: Expected to be ready for OTAs

    by RotoWire Staff
    Mar 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm ET • 1 min read

    Gurley (knee) is expected to be available for the start of the Rams' offseason program April 15, Gary Klein and Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times report.

    The status of Gurley's left knee will probably be the biggest story line surrounding the Rams' offseason and that narrative appears to be starting on a positive note. Head coach Sean McVay declined to comment much on the subject at this week's NFL owner's meetings and specifically didn't touch on whether Gurley is dealing with arthritis or not, but he did mention the team has a plan in place to manage the running back's health going forward. Joining him in offseason workouts will be Malcolm Brown, who Los Angeles effectively decided to re-sign over C.J. Anderson.

  • #2
    Good to know, for sure! Excellent news at this point of the offseason.

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    • #3
      But I was told after the Super Blow he’s 100%. Some things never change with a franchise.

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      • #4
        BTW, the article / report is not news intended for 'April fool's day', is it? ... (^_^)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RealRam View Post
          BTW, the article / report is not news intended for 'April fool's day', is it? ... (^_^)
          The article came out at the end of March.

          These are going to be very interesting OTA's with regard to Gurley.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by R8rh8rmike View Post

            The article came out at the end of March.

            Yes, I know. I figured the article might have been an 'advance' for April Fool's Day. (^_^)

            Seriously, I look forward to Gurley's activity during OTA. Preparing for a healthy 2019 season.



            Sean McVay hopes questions about Todd Gurley's knee won't be a distraction

            By: Cameron DaSilva
            March 28, 2019
            10:38 am ET


            Todd Gurley's limited usage in the NFC championship and Super Bowl had everyone talking after the Los Angeles Rams' loss to the New England Patriots. Sean McVay was questioned about why his All-Pro running back only got 10 carries in the Super Bowl and just four in the NFC title game, despite consistently saying Gurley was fully healthy during that span.

            Those questions haven't stopped, especially with a recent report saying Gurley has arthritis in his surgically repaired knee, which had Rams fans everywhere panicking. At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix this week, McVay was once again asked about Gurley’s status.

            He told Steve Wyche of NFL Network that Gurley is "in a good place right now," but talking to a pool of reporters on Tuesday, he expanded on those comments.

            McVay said he knows Gurley's knee is going to be a story until games kick off in September, partly because he’s such a great player and an important part of the offense.

            "I think you do know that. That’s a result of Todd being such a special, productive player that he’s so important to what we do and to the success we've had over the last couple years. So you’re not naďve to [think] that those things are going to go away," McVay said via the team's official site. "But I think what’s important for us is, let’s figure out what’s the best way to put Todd in position to have a successful season over the course of the entire year. And some of those things are both what we can control as a coach, and what he does as a player to get himself ready."

            There's only so much the Rams can control in this situation because the regular season is still more than five months away. McVay and Les Snead can only say so much about Gurley’s knee during the dead period of the offseason when no one’s playing games or going through workouts.

            McVay just doesn't want the questions and uncertainty surrounding the situation to become a distraction.
            Last edited by RealRam; -04-01-2019, 03:16 PM. Reason: Added quote

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            • Nick
              ESPN: Rams have Gurley on specialized offseason plan
              by Nick
              Rams have Gurley on specialized offseason plan
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              THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams have a specific, individualized offseason plan for Todd Gurley. For now, it doesn't include their star running back participating in team drills at organized team activities.

              "That was what we felt like was best for Todd when Todd and I sat down," Rams coach Sean McVay said Tuesday. "And it's been really good so far and we feel good about that."

              The Rams held their fourth workout of OTAs on Tuesday. Gurley was not present for any portion of the session, which was open to reporters, and he also was absent from last Monday's open session.

              However, McVay said Tuesday that Gurley has been working with outside trainer Travelle Gaines and that he has maintained a regular presence at the practice facility.

              "He's also been here consistently, pretty much every single day of the week," McVay said. "He's been an active participant following the program that we've implemented with him and we're very pleased with where Todd is at right now."

              Nevertheless, Gurley's new program, a departure from his past offseason regimen, adds to the speculation about the long-term health of his left knee, which was surgically repaired in 2014, and kept him sidelined during Weeks 16 and 17 last season.

              In the playoffs, Gurley played a pivotal role in a divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys, as he rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, but he appeared a shadow of his former self in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LIII.

              When Gurley reported to the offseason voluntary workout program last month, he said that his knee was "feeling pretty good" and that he was "taking it day by day." But he did not provide any specific details regarding the extent of his knee issue, and avoided the question when asked if he could confirm reports of arthritis or a degenerative condition.

              McVay said Tuesday that Gurley's offseason program accounts for the length of the Rams' season, as they advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001, and is structured to have Gurley ready for the start of training camp and Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
              -05-29-2019, 06:03 AM
            • Nick
              Rams RB Todd Gurley won't be 'bell cow' going forward     
              by Nick
              Rams RB Todd Gurley won't be 'bell cow' going forward
              By Jeremy Bergman
              Around The NFL Writer
              Published: June 3, 2019 at 07:59 p.m. Updated: June 3, 2019 at 08:48 p.m.

              Four months after Super Bowl LIII, questions still abound about the health of Todd Gurley's fickle left knee.

              The Los Angeles Rams running back has been held out of on-field team practices during offseason workouts, instead taking part in a "planned training program." Gurley is also reportedly trying to shed half a dozen pounds down to 218 in an attempt to lighten the load on a knee that held him back down the stretch of last season.

              Rams coach Sean McVay addressed Monday reports of Gurley's desire to play at a lower weight, expressing optimism about the running back's health heading into 2019.

              "I want him to feel most comfortable. That's the most important thing, what he feels he can most function at, being the all-purpose back he's been and that's where we're at," McVay told reporters. "So he says, 'I'd rather play five, 10 pounds lighter,' and he's going to feel better about that, then that's exactly what we'll do. He's earned the right to be able to tell us how he's feeling with the give and take. As long as he's got a why, which I know he does, we're always receptive to those things."

              Gurley's return to "all-purpose" form might not be so simple, though. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that it is understood in Los Angeles that Gurley will no longer be the bell-cow back that he was over the first four seasons of his career, something that was hinted at during Super Bowl Weekend and will continue this year.

              "The days of Todd Gurley just being the straight-up, every-down bell cow are probably over, just based on his knee, his age, the position, the amount of carries he's had," Rapoport said on Monday's edition on NFL Total Access. "It's probably not going to be like that, which by the way is maybe why the Rams drafted a running back in the third round, someone they really like a lot. This is a team that is clearly ready to spread the ball around.

              "Of course, Gurley's knee, the wear and tear on that knee, the surgically repaired knee, is something that everyone knows has been concerning to the team for some time. All they really want is for Gurley to come back when the season begins when it's really time to go to be 100 percent. What they don't want is to have all those questions they had leading up the Super Bowl repeat before Week 1."

              Rapoport reported on the day of Super Bowl LIII that Gurley, who had seen a dip in production and snap count since suffering the knee injury in Week 15 but was not mentioned on the injury report, would not be the work horse against the New England Patriots, despite McVay telling reporters Gurley would "be a big part of this game." The running...
              -06-04-2019, 07:43 AM
            • Nick
              Todd Gurley has 'been loving' Sean McVay's offense
              by Nick
              Todd Gurley has 'been loving' Sean McVay's offense
              By Jeremy Bergman NFL.com
              Published: July 8, 2017 at 03:25 p.m. Updated: July 9, 2017 at 08:28 a.m.

              Todd Gurley's first season in Hollywood was next to nightmarish.

              After a promising rookie campaign, the former Offensive Rookie of the Year saw his yards per carry average dip to 3.2 and barely saw any opportunities to break big runs behind an ineffective offensive line. It also didn't help that the Rams quarterbacks were the least feared signal-callers west of Florham Park, inspiring opposing linebackers and safeties to crowd the box and limit Gurley's options.

              But with new coach Sean McVay at the helm, Gurley is rejuvenated with hopes that his second go-around in the Coliseum will bear better results.

              "I hope so," Gurley said, when asked by Zig Fracassi on SiriusXM NFL Radio if he expects Los Angeles' offense to be more "Gurley-friendly" in 2017. "Yeah, Coach. Tell Coach we want it Todd-friendly."

              Gurley added that he has "definitely been loving" McVay's style of offense, which for now has the back focusing on daily preparation and being a "situational master." NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal noted during minicamp that the Rams were moving the third-year back all around the offensive formation: in motion out of the backfield, outside the hashes, etc.

              Inspiring the tailback this offseason is the development of second-year quarterback Jared Goff, who had shown in minicamp to be a more than competent option at QB.

              "Oh, he's been getting better. Obviously, he didn't go No. 1 for no reason. He has the talent, and he's just been getting better," Gurley gushed. "He definitely had a great OTAs, great minicamp. Coaches have been doing a good job with him. Just his preparation, him being there all day, he's been great so far, man, so I'm definitely looking forward to it."

              The running back's comments this summer are a far cry from what Gurley was saying just seven months ago about the state of L.A.'s attack. Following the Rams' loss to Atlanta in Week 14 -- a defeat that proved career-fatal for then-coach Jeff Fisher -- Gurley mused that his unit looked like a "middle school offense out there." In January, he told NFL Network's Rich Eisen that the Rams' 4-12 campaign was "like a nightmare."

              It's still summer, and nary a Ram has yet to put on pads. But it sounds as if Gurley has already graduated from last year's middle-school nightmare to a professional dream.

              After all, as Gurley puts it, "It can't get any worse than it did last year."
              -07-09-2017, 07:01 AM
            • r8rh8rmike
              Is It Unfair to Blame Todd Gurley For Struggling in 2016 With Los Angeles Rams?
              by r8rh8rmike
              Is It Unfair to Blame Todd Gurley For Struggling in 2016 With Los Angeles Rams?

              by Dan Parzych 12 hours ago

              A recent report claims former members of the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff believe Todd Gurley has nobody to blame but himself for a disappointing 2016 season.

              There’s plenty of blame to go around when it comes to what went wrong for the Los Angeles Rams during their disastrous 4-12 finish in 2016, but Todd Gurley will always be seen as one of the biggest factors after a successful rookie season the previous year. As if failing to record a single 100-yard game during his sophomore season wasn’t already frustrating enough, it looks like Gurley is taking quite the criticism from some of his previous coaches for his production being down

              Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported on Friday that former members of the team’s coaching staff claim Gurley has nobody to blame for himself for what took place during the 2016 season. One of the most interesting takes from the report is the part where Cole discusses how Gurley missed most of the offseason program for the Rams to participate in other activities, like hanging out with rapper Jay-Z instead.

              Of course, the most interesting quote may be the part from the one coach who pointed out it was the same offense from his rookie season, so why would it be any different?

              Be sure to check out the rest of Cole’s report on Gurley as it will certainly be interesting to hear how the running back responds to this criticism. Expectations may have been high for Gurley at the beginning of his sophomore season after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, but it’s unfair to put most of the blame on one individual.

              In fact, the argument can be made that Los Angeles could have taken some of the load off Gurley with stronger weapons in the passing game for Case Keenum or Jared Goff since players like Tavon Austin are clearly far from the answer. Maybe if this actually happened, Gurley wouldn’t have been the victim of seeing opponents stacking the box more often than usual since it was obvious he was the most dangerous, and sometimes only, weapon on the Rams’ offense.
              -01-28-2017, 09:12 AM
            • Nick
              Despite Impressive 2017, Gurley Still Looking to Improve
              by Nick
              Despite Impressive 2017, Gurley Still Looking to Improve
              Posted Jun 14, 2018
              Kristen Lago
              Rams Writer/Reporter
              @kristennlago

              As the Rams capped their 2018 offseason program, running back Todd Gurley was understandably excited for the upcoming summer break.

              “Definitely been looking forward to this day just to have a little time off,” he said Wednesday.
              “We come back and then the real games begin.”

              After recording his best season to date in 2017, the Georgia product approached the offseason with a similar level of tenacity — excited to improve bit by bit each day. And while that might sound a bit surprising to most, considering Gurley was near perfect on field last year, his focus has continued to revolve around perfecting the details.

              “Just working all around from alignment, assignment, depth in routes, whatever it is — footwork or making sure I’m on the same page as my linemen,” he said. “So, just trying to work on all the little small things and stuff.”

              Entering OTAs and minicamp under the same offensive scheme and head coach has aided the All-Pro running back. Like many of the players entering Year 2 under Sean McVay, Gurley said the level of comfort in the system has made this offseason a bit easier than the last.

              “Obviously we know the plays and we’re still adding stuff and what not, but it’s been a long offseason,” Gurley said. “A lot of stuff you kind of forget and then it kinda clicks back and you remember. We changed a lot of stuff, but for the most part we feel pretty confident just knowing that it’s the same offense.”

              Despite the increased confidence, Gurley maintains there is always room for improvement. And though making individual objectives for the upcoming season isn’t for him, he does have one goal top of mind.

              “The main goal is the team goal — just try to go out there and give my team whatever coach asks me to do,” Gurley explained. “I don’t worry about goals or anything like that. Like I said, just try to come out here and get better everyday. Whatever happens, happens as long as you know you put in the best effort to be in a good position.”
              -06-15-2018, 07:01 PM
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