Set to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Rams are undefeated and feature the top-ranked offense in the NFL, averaging 468.4 yards and 34.6 points per game.
Gurley leads the league with nine touchdowns and ranks third in yards from scrimmage with 645.
While the profile of quarterback Jared Goff continues to rise, and receivers Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp attract growing attention from opposing defenses, make no mistake: Gurley remains at the center of coach Sean McVay’s explosive scheme.
And he won’t let teammates forget it.
“I tell those guys they need me out there,” Gurley said, laughing. “I tell them, ‘Thank me all the time.’ When I go in motion and they get their little touchdowns.”
Gurley, of course, was joking.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
But teammates constantly commend the fourth-year pro for his ability to contribute in every facet of the game — whether he’s running, catching, blocking or serving as a decoy.
“When you’re a running back that has the ability to do, really, everything in terms of running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield, protection,” McVay said, “he’s an important part of our offense, no doubt.”
Gurley has been effective in space and is a proven threat at the goal line. He’s also attracted enough attention to open up the passing game.
“When we’re able to do our play-action stuff and he’s the guy that we’re faking to,” Goff said, “adds a little bit of emphasis on those linebackers stepping up and everyone having to fill in a little bit more when he’s the one that could potentially get the ball there.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping
Last Sunday, Gurley rushed for three touchdowns — all within 5 yards of the goal line — in a victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In a Week 2 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Gurley rushed for 1- and 2-yard scores, plus powered his way across the goal line for two two-point conversions.
His longest run of the season came in a Week 1 win at Oakland, when he took a handoff and broke through a hole on the left side of the line to rush for 23 yards. And against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, he took a short pass and turned it into a 56-yard gain after breaking a tackle.
Gurley’s numbers are on pace with those of last season, which earned him NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Through five games, he has rushed for 415 yards and seven touchdowns and has caught 19 passes for 230 yards and two more scores.