Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum said that "seeing ghosts" last week.
Now, apparently so is Todd Gurley.
"It's crazy," Rams 'star running back said after Friday's practice. "I'm like,' Man, that's 12 people on the field!"
Gurley was referring to the amount of players opposing defenses are stacking the box to prevent him from running the ball effectively. Second year for accumulated only 98 yards on 36 enforce the first two weeks and averaged 0.89 yards before first contact, a clear indication that penetrate enemy defense line of scrimmage to choke Gurley every time he touches the ball.
"Sometimes that's a good thing," Gurley said, "because if you get past the first level, then you will. But you have to get through the first level first."
Gurley was not able to do much of that yet. He's averaged 2.7 yards per carry, which ranked 38th out of 44 qualified running backs after Week 2, and interrupted running for more than five yards only 11 percent of the time. That is the biggest reason why the Rams remain the only NFL team without a touchdown. Veteran left guard Rodger Saffold recently called for the establishment of a running game, "a group effort," he said offensive line needs to do a better job of picking up the blitz schemes and Gurley are still developing their decision-making skills.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gurley held to just 48 yards on 21 carries at the end of last season, in a game that saw the Rams won 31-23 on points and Gurley reach 1000 yards for the season.
He knows that I will once again focused on him.
"They know that we will run the ball," said Gurley. "Every team, their task is to get the teams ran on doing a nice job for us, containing We have to go out and win our one-on those --... And run the ball"