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Rams' Todd Gurley steadily adapting to new offensive scheme

The former first-round pick is hoping to bounce back in his third season in a new offensive game plan.

Following a breakout rookie campaign that put him on the map as one of the top young running backs in the league, Todd Gurley experienced a significant drop in his production in his second year with the Los Angeles Rams.

It was a complete shadow of his stellar 2015 season that saw him break several long-held NFL records as he compiled just 885 rushing yards with six touchdowns while averaging 3.2 yards per carry. This included falling short of breaking the century mark in rushing yards in any game while racking up fewer than 50 rushing yards seven times and failing to reach the end zone in all but five contests.

On top of that, he was the first running back since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to play in all of his team's games and average as many carries per contest (17.4) without recording a single 100-yard rushing outing for an entire season, according to NFL.com. 

The Rams are hoping the hiring of a new coaching staff led by first-year head coach Sean McVay can help the team turn it around offensively next season. Despite having a new playbook to learn, Gurley appears to be confident that he can bounce back in a big way as long as he takes it one day at a time. 

“Obviously, just want to be able to not have the season we had last year,” Gurley said, according to Therams.com. “I just work hard every day and then just come with the mindset of just trying to get better at one little thing each day.”

Los Angeles is hoping that the renewed emphasis on offense with the addition of McVay and several players on that side of the ball through free agency and the draft will lead to significant improvement in 2017. A large bulk of that will center around Gurley getting back on track in his third season. 

The Rams possessed one of the league's worst offenses last year ranking last in points per game (14.0), total offensive yards (262.7), and 31st in passing yards per game (184.4) in 2016. If Gurley can return to being any essence of the game-changing player he was in his rookie campaign, it could go a long ways into turning the Rams into a competitive team in the NFC West. 

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.


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