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Countdown to Camp: Gurley Leads the Way at Running Back

One week from now, Los Angeles will have already completed a training camp practice at UC Irvine in preparation for the 2018 season. Our position-by-position breakdown continues with running backs in today's edition of Countdown to Camp.


Newcomers: John Kelly, Nick Holley

Any discussion regarding the Rams' running backs often begins and ends with Todd Gurley — for good reason.

The Georgia product won his first AP Offensive Player of the Year award after a stellar 2017 season. He finished the year leading the league in yards from scrimmage (2,093), total touchdowns (19), and rushing touchdowns (13). He nearly led the league in rushing yards, too, ending the year No. 2 with 1,305. Gurley also lead Los Angeles with 64 receptions, solidifying his status as a dual-threat back. He's once again expected to be a potential MVP candidate for his second season in head coach Sean McVay's offense.

Behind Gurley, Los Angeles still has Malcolm Brown, who is heading into his fourth pro season. Injuries kept Brown sidelined for a significant portion of the season, but he was productive in 11 games. He took 63 carries for 246 yards with a touchdown, and made nine receptions for 53 yards. Brown also recovered a blocked punt in the victory over Jacksonville and took it in for a touchdown.

Justin Davis spent last season on the active roster, but was mainly one of the inactive seven players as opposed to the gamely 46. A standout back at USC, Davis will be competing for more playing time in camp and the preseason games.

Rounding out the group, Los Angeles added John Kelly out of Tennessee in the sixth round of the spring draft. In three seasons as a Volunteer, Kelly rushed for 1,573 yards and 15 touchdowns and made 43 receptions for 350 yards. L.A. also signed Nick Holley out of Kent State as an undrafted free agent.


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