The Falcons haven’t had a working again crack 1,000 yards since 2016, and their declining backfield play has added stress to an getting older Matt Ryan underneath middle.
Atlanta launched DeVonta Freeman earlier within the offseason in an try to shuffle the playing cards of its run sport. It changed Freeman with a dangerous guess in Todd Gurley, who like Freeman has seen star manufacturing drop off dramatically of late.
Gurley on Tuesday handed his bodily with the Falcons, indicating doubts surrounding the well being of his left knee might be considerably overblown.
A wholesome Gurley would in fact be a game-changer for the crew. For the reason that final 1,000-yard speeding season in Atlanta, Gurley has racked up 3,413 speeding yards and 42 speeding touchdowns whereas being one of many NFL’s higher receiving backs.
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Gurley is not the primary suspect ex-Ram the Falcons have taken a flier on throughout the previous decade.
The Steven Jackson experiment of 2013 and 2014 provided a take a look at the perils of trusting a longtime workhorse with a characteristic position. Jackson, who had surpassed 1,000 speeding yards in eight straight campaigns earlier than becoming a member of Atlanta, averaged 3.6 yards per carry with the crew.
Gurley does not have the mileage Jackson did — at 25, the Georgia product is 5 years youthful than Jackson was upon coming to the Falcons. Nonetheless, his surgically repaired knee, which based on some experiences is affected by an an arthritic situation, makes him maybe much less able to a rebound than his age would recommend.
The Falcons have the items to be a top-tier offense, as they’ve been a number of occasions throughout the Matt Ryan period. However Gurley’s well being might be a key consider figuring out whether or not their offense can elevate to its full potential.
A handed bodily together with optimistic remarks from his new teaching employees are optimistic indicators that Gurley is ready to shock followers. However he’ll be up towards the historical past of a place that has not lent itself to longevity.