The Los Angeles Rams will soon take the field as they open the 2017 NFL season against the Indianapolis Colts. After disappointing many Ram fans last year going 4-12, the team finally looks to steer the ship in the right direction after bringing in rookie head coach Sean McVay. Despite having the youngest coach in modern NFL history, the Rams will look to make a playoff push for the first time in a dozen years.
One player fans will have their eyes on this year will be third-year running back Todd Gurley. After an impressive rookie outing that saw him rush for over 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns, Gurley’s game seemed to regress during the 2016 NFL season after only putting up 885 yards on only 3.2 yards per carry.
However, according to Alden Gonzales of ESPN, there does not seem to be anyone more enthusiastic about the team’s new offense than Gurley himself:
I’m excited. Very, very excited. Can’t wait. Football starts back tonight. I’m sure everybody’s anxious for how we’re going to do, just like we are. We just can’t wait to play Sunday.”
Rams fans will look to cheer for their team to improve this year now that the franchise seemingly has a clear direction moving forward. The keys have now been given to Jared Goff to lead the offense, so fans will now have a full season to look at the young backfield tandem of him and Gurley.
Gurley and the rest of the Rams locker room have plenty to prove this season, as they’re locked into one of the league’s toughest schedules this season. They will have to take on both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals twice this year, along with the rebuilding San Francisco 49ers, a team that swept them last season.
Written by: Nathan Cardenas