This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here's a look at what's out there for Tuesday, March 20th about your Los Angeles Rams:
Gurley Named One of 2017's Most Elusive RBs
The 2017 NFL season was an exceptional year for running backs. And with the talent pool at the position, there were plenty of incredible runs to be had throughout the year.
In this set of rankings, writer Matt Harmon used Next Gen Stats to measure which players created the most yardage on their own rather than just taking what's blocked for them. Rams running back Todd Gurley came in at No. 9 on the list.
For context, the league average for yards gained after defenders close within one yard, or YGAC is 3.66 yards among all running backs in the league.
No. 9: Todd Gurley:
YGAC — 3.97
"Gurley was perhaps the most improved player in the NFL in 2017. There's no question that a strengthened offensive ecosystem under rookie head coach Sean McVay and a retooled O-line were catalysts to a rebound season, but Gurley also just straight-up ran better in 2017. In the year prior, Gurley averaged a measly 3.25 yards gained after defenders closed within a yard of him, ranking second-to-last among backs with over 100 carries, but he leapt up to 3.97 this year…"
Peters' Acquisition — One of Best Offseason Deals So Far
After a week of free agency spending, NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal is examining the best contracts handed out so far — from the team's perspective. On that list, the Rams' acquisition of cornerback Marcus Peters.
Marcus Peters, Rams cornerback: Peters wasn't technically signed in free agency, but the rookie contract the trade acquisition is still playing on made him the best value addition of the offseason. For $1.7 million this season and a fifth-year option estimated at $9.5 million a year from now, the Rams picked up Pro Bowl-caliber coverage skills. That two-year total is less than half of what Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson will make in 2018 alone.
Woods Supports Alma Mater in 2018 NIT
Rams wide receiver Robert Woods took some time to support his alma mater, the University of Southern California, on Monday night at the Galen Center. Although the Trojans fell to Western Kentucky in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, Woods was still happy to be back.