During the first five years of his career, Todd Garley inspired many St. John’s fans to become fans of the St. John’s Festival. Louis and Los Angeles Ramsey. He was one of the best (maybe even the best) runners in those days. But, as is often the case with running, his health and longevity began to deteriorate, which eventually led to his departure.
At his wake, Ramsey and head coach Sean McVeigh turned to three RB options to fill the void in Gurley: Cam Eckers, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr. Although each of these rounds had different outcomes, each contributed to a common goal – effectively replacing Gurley and not letting Rams miss.
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Garly’s arrival at the Atlanta Falcons this offseason has been accompanied by cautious expectations, which have been haunting him since his knee injuries recurred regularly. And while the failed Sokolov team is still fighting for the start of the 2020 NFL season, there have been some real up and down moments for Gurley and the attack.
For nine games, Garley put the respectable line 154/584/9 on the ground and dragged only 15 passes for 79 yards and got no points – so his fast numbers were just below normal pace when he was healthy for the Rams, but his passing stats were pretty awful.
It’s to be expected that he’ll get into the transient game, given the kind of weapons the Falcons have. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hirst have higher priorities for quarterback Matt Ryan, and even comrade Brian Hill beats some of the passing goals instead of forcing Gurley on the field.
Ryan’s desire to aim for the back of the passerelle is not what has guided him throughout his career, but Devonte Freeman certainly had his share of passing when he was a member of the Falcons, so Gurley’s lack of work was certainly a disappointment.
The newcomer from Florida was accepted in the second round of the NFL 2020 draw, which represents a fairly substantial investment for the back, which seems to have fully anchored itself as the third option for the Rams.
However, it is fair to understand that the wall that newcomers had to cross this year without a preseason ticket and at a reduced rate, making each of their individual repetitions much more important.
Aiker has had a productive career at Seminoles, the obvious reason he was called to the second round, but he is the most modest of the top three options, offering a different type of physique than McVay is accustomed to, and perhaps justifying the fact that he has not earned the trust of McVay – so far.
The greatest potential in this group of BRs surrounds Akera, which is certainly an advantage in the design and development of the role that the Rams front office seems to play. The combination of the Akers with the attack of the higher armed forces from 2021 fits well in the long-term plan of the LAR.
After Akers’ season so far it is understandable that he really has a lot of work ahead of him, but his future in this team can certainly help to fill the void with Garly’s departure.
The unsung hero of LAR’s rearguard is Brown, who got his share of the breakthroughs as option number 2 for Ramsey’s rearguard.
With Henderson’s relief, both at rest in his sleep and in the time he lost because of his injury, Brown looked like a bowling ball when he pushed a stone, which certainly increased his role as a substitute in the backfield.
At the start of the season it was very real to see how low the potential was for Brown to take the starting position the first year after Gurley. But Henderson took the lead and left Akers and Brown to fight over the leftovers he hadn’t received.
Brown is the player who is definitely the prototype as he is likely to replace Gurley’s contribution immediately, as his haste and ability to catch passes seems to correspond best to what Gurley brought directly to the table.
Even with this resemblance, Brown has still not been able to hack the starting line (in unscathed situations), but given the way his skills are applied directly to the rest of the hole the size of Garly, it is certainly interesting to know what role he is currently playing.
But what he brings to the table is a strong supporter of Gurley’s replacement process, which so far has gone very well.
Darrell Henderson Jr. also helped Ramse.
The current starter of the Rams, Henderson, is a stronger runner, built like a cockroach with surprisingly soft hands in the game of the host. Henderson wouldn’t be a starter before the beginning of the year, but he slipped quite well in the role.
It’s not easy to make management and fans forget an icon of a franchise like Gurley, which has created enormous value and quantity by working with the Rams, but that’s exactly what Henderson’s 2020 production has done – at least so far.
Besides his health problems, Henderson was the best option for the Rams this year. In five parts more than 12 stretchers were released, four of which were 14, 15 (2x) and 20 stretchers respectively. Although its acquisition potential is almost invisible (10 shots in 8 parts this year), it certainly has few skills in this respect, making it a mutually exclusive option.
Henderson’s appearance can – and must – be linked to the fact that management and executives pushed him to explain why they let Garley go. The type of player Gurley was is very different from what Gurley is now, and it seems that the Rams were right about their timeline.
The trio of Akers, Brownes and Hendersons – although they all have their limits – seem to have exceeded expectations slightly more than halfway through the season. And with a record of over 500 in the highly controversial Western NFC unit, their early attack will be crucial to how they end the year.