Inconsistent play at the quarterback position overshadowed the great running game of Todd Gurley and the stout defensive unit during the Rams’ 7-9 regular season last year. The Rams are attempting to correct course with rookie quarterback Jared Goff as they begin their campaign in Los Angeles for a second time.
Gurley explained to Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt at the Rams’ training camp in Irvine, Calif., the support of his teammates went a long away toward helping to gear himself mentally to steer clear of any decline in his performance.
“You hear the stories about the rookie wall, so you kind of have your mindset made up that you’re not going to let that happen to you,” Gurley said. “And then, just your teammates being around. That’s all I care about, just being around my teammates, having fun at practicing. I’ll stay up just by that and be positive.
“I try not to have a down day. My teammates ain’t going to let me have a down day, because they’re like, ‘I don’t care if you’re mad.’ Then I’ve got to start laughing and joking. So I just try to keep the energy positive and just keep going every day. Because you’re not going to like to do half the stuff, but, hey, it’s your job.”
The experts at SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio give us their fantasy studs and sleepers for the Los Angeles Rams.
Stud: In his rookie season Todd Gurley logged 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games. This season, expect Gurley to improve upon those numbers with a fully healthy body ready to go in Year 2.
Sleeper: Though rookie Mike Thomas may be situated toward the bottom of the Rams receiving core, the overall lack of depth in that position might mean some solid numbers for the 206th overall pick.
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