McVay: Rams’ selection of RB was not about Todd Gurley’s knee

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The Rams continue to insist that Todd Gurley‘s left knee is fine, and he will continue to be the “focal point” of the offense. But they matched the Lions’ offer to Malcolm Brown this offseason and, on Friday, used a third-round choice on a running back.

Los Angeles selected Memphis running back Darrell Henderson with the 70th overall choice.

Rams coach Sean McVay insisted it had nothing to do with Gurley and everything to do with Henderson.

“Yes. This had to do with his skillset,” McVay said, via quotes distributed by the team. “He was a player that we identified as a unique playmaker. He can obviously so some things as a runner, but the versatility that he provides and some of the things that he can do are what was so enticing about him for us. You see the explosiveness — over 8 yards a carry. There’s a lot of good things that you’d seen with what he’s done and his résumé at Memphis. We’re excited to get him in here and get to work and really learn under Todd and Malcolm.”

Gurley missed the final two regular-season games with “knee inflammation” before gaining 118 yards from scrimmage against the Cowboys in the divisional round. He then played a complementary role the rest of the way.

The Rams have talked about managing Gurley’s workload, while keeping him a mainstay in the offense.

“Like we have said all along, we anticipate Todd being a huge part of this like he has been the last couple of years,” McVay said. “As far as managing the workload, those are things that we talk about with Todd and as you continue to get educated on, is that something that we should do for the long haul or something that is or isn’t going to affect Todd most importantly and how does that affect our team? But we added a really good playmaker was a big thing.”

Gurley has averaged 326 touches per season over the past three seasons.

17 responses to “McVay: Rams’ selection of RB was not about Todd Gurley’s knee

  1. “Like we have said all along, we anticipate Todd being a huge part of this…”

    Actions speak louder than words. This pick is an announcement that Gurley’s knee is not OK and will not magically become OK. That being the case, I think this is a great pick.

  2. Walks like a duck…quacks like a duck…NO DUCK HERE!

    So many guys on the board and you draft another running back? If Todd gurley is fine how will this guy ever see the field? Was there another position of need? What about guys leaving in the next 2 years with huge contracts would you not want to find a replacement for them?

    Running back? I guess the Seahawks took Christian Michael when Marshawn was still running hard but this seems different somehow.

  3. Words : Everything is fine, nothing to see here. Gurley’s going to have another great year.

    Actions : Don’t let any running backs out of our building, we need as many as we can get.

  4. This is the beginning of the end for Gurley in LA. CJ Anderson proved it doesn’t take an all pro to be successful in Mcvay’s offense making Gurley’s contract a huge problem when a committee of different skill sets can be as, if not more successful for a fraction of the price

  5. If anybody believe this I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. As of now the Rams have many other holes (linebacker, defensive line, offensive line, maybe receiver depending on Krupp’s knee) to fill so if Gurley’s knee is fine, than taking this pick is absurd.

  6. “CJ Anderson proved it doesn’t take an all pro to be successful in Mcvay’s offense making Gurley’s contract a huge problem when a committee of different skill sets can be as, if not more successful for a fraction of the price”

    CJ Anderson is a plodder in the open field and not close to the receiver that Gurley is. He filled in admirably enough but Anderson is the one that’s been replaced, not Gurley.

  7. If they admit Gurley’s knee is still a big deal (even now, end of April!) it makes it even more painfully obvious the NFL should’ve penalized McVay for lying profusely through such big games as the NFCCG & SB and the respective Injury Reports. If Pats had done it BB would already have a 4-game ban & big fine, and the salty mountain of hate crying it was too little.

  8. When teams go deep in the playoffs every year, that means their players are subject to more wear and tear, but also have a shorter off-season to recover physically. That’s part of the reason you don’t often see teams repeat. A workhorse like Gurley gets the brunt of it. The Rams just looked at their situation and made an intelligent decision. I have no problem with intelligent decisions. In fact, it’s a breath of fresh air.

  9. I’ve got the same degenerative issue in my knee that Gurley does. I’ll be getting my knee replaced sometime in my life.

    Gurley’s knee isnt going to improve. I wish him the best but he’s close to cooked.

  10. Even under the best of circumstances there is a high probability Gurley will not be 100% for all the games this year. His knee is apparently really bothering him and just how much is unknown. Having another quality RB would ease his workload, add to the Ram’s offense, and maybe extend his career. Under the worst of circumstances having another RB that can start is a wise decision. Malcolm Brown isn’t getting paid much, he is a good backup RB and on special teams, so matching the Lion’s offer was a no-brainer. But neither Brown or Kelly are starters.

  11. “This is the beginning of the end for Gurley in LA. ”

    Seems more like he’s past the “beginning” of the end and is possibly at the end of his NFL career. Degenerative arthritis cannot be repaired. It will only get worse and sure, they can dose him up with painkillers before every game but all that allows him to do is damage the knee further.

  12. @harrisonhits2

    Spot on. His only options is to pretty much rely on painkillers/NSAIDs every day.

    If I were him…I’d consider the next phase in my life. His long term health is much more important.

  13. 10feethigher says:
    April 27, 2019 at 8:24 am
    This is the beginning of the end for Gurley in LA. CJ Anderson proved it doesn’t take an all pro to be successful in Mcvay’s offense making Gurley’s contract a huge problem when a committee of different skill sets can be as, if not more successful for a fraction of the price

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    if you say so. i think the rest of the world noticed however, that LA scored way less points per game w anderson as their rb, especially in the postseason. the explosive plays werent there for the offense and todd gurley sure provided a LOT of expolosive plays all last season till his knee acted up. cant help but think an explosive gurley would have helped the rams in the super bowl quite a bit more than the plodding cj anderson did

  14. End of the line on those arthritic knees. Has anybody seen Earl Campbell attempt to walk the last few years?

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