Rams' Todd Gurley: Joined by rookie third-round pick
Coach Sean McVay denied that the Rams' selection of running back Darrell Henderson was tied to Gurley's knee issues, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. "This had to do with [Henderson's] skill set," McVay said. "He was a player that we identified as a unique playmaker."
The Rams have consistently conveyed optimism when asked about Gurley's troublesome left knee, but their offseason transactions tell a slightly different story, with the team matching Malcolm Brown's two-year, $3.25 million offer sheet from the Lions and then using the 70th overall pick on Henderson. While neither commitment is especially burdensome, they combine to represent a noteworthy shift from the Rams' dirt-cheap approach to their backup running-back situation the past two seasons. McVay remains adamant about Gurley being a focal point of the offense, albeit with more of an effort to monitor the 24-year-old's workload. Even if everything ultimately checks out with his knee, Gurley isn't likely to match his 2017-18 average of 22.7 touches per game. His stellar track record of efficiency suggests he's capable of returning first-round fantasy value without such a massive workload, though it would be tricky on anything less than 16-to-18 touches per week.
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