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Gurley Named PFF Comeback Player of the Year

Posted Jan 26, 2018

RB Todd Gurley bounced back from a quiet 2016 to put together an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017.

The Comeback Player of the Year award is normally reserved for a player who missed the majority of the previous season due to injury, only to perform in an impressive fashion once they return.

But this season, Pro Football Focus’ winner had a different kind of story. The outlet gave the designation to Rams running back Todd Gurley, who bounced back from a quiet 2016 to put together an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017.

Last year, Gurley finished the 2016 season as the 53rd-ranked running back in the NFL with an overall grade of 50.7. Of his 278 rushing attempts, the Georgia product was held to 3.2 yards per carry and just 2.18 yards after contact per carry. And Gurley was not very productive in the passing game either — recording 43 catches for 327 yards for an average of 0.98 yards per route run.

In 2017, however, Gurley burst onto the scene as one of the most dynamic running backs in the league, earning an 86.9 grade. He flourished under first year head coach Sean McVay and behind a strong offensive line, racking up 1,305 rushing yards with an average of 4.7 yards per carry. Not only did he prove to be a game-changer on the ground, but he also enjoyed a spectacular season as a pass-catcher.

Through 15 games during the regular season, Gurley put up 788 receiving yards, ranking No. 2 among all running backs. He also finished with a league-leading 19 touchdowns and 2,093 yards from scrimmage — the most of his young career.