It seems like Gurley could get a lighter load this season to assure he's ready to go in the postseason. Robinson went on in his tweet to talk about Henderson, and called him "very interesting." He said the plan is for Henderson is to be a Chris Thompson-type. Thompson’s 2016 Redskins film under McVay was a flexible mismatch role. If this holds true, Henderson would have PPR value.
The Rams' "veteran plan" for Todd Gurley includes sitting out each preseason game and taking it day-by-day at practice. Gurley practiced on Saturday after being held out of OTAs and minicamp, but sat out a number of plays and occasionally watched the first-team go without him. When he was on the field, there was no noticeable hindrance in his movement.
The Rams are obviously looking to keep Gurley healthy when December and January come around, after his knee injury cost him the final two regular season games last season. So far Gurley has looked good according to teammates, but there will be days when he doesn't practice.
Longtime Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. believes that new head coach Zac Taylor will look to use Bernard more this season. Last year the receiving back saw just 7.6 touches per game, the lowest number in his career and coach Taylor has a "repeated vow to use all of his running backs more to keep Mixon fresh as the season progresses." Dehner also mentioned Todd Gurley's knee trouble and that it likely would inform coach Taylor's usage of Joe Mixon.
Dehner predicted 11-13 touches per game for Bernard, which would be a significant jump and would likely lower Mixon's ceiling, but bringing the Rams offense to Cincinnati should help Mixon even if he loses a few touches. It might be asking too much for Giovani Bernard to get close to 13 touches a game, but if he can get 9-10, his fantasy viability as a flex play would get a boost.
Gerald Everett "looked fabulous during the offseason and in fantastic physical shape." may benefit from the Rams wanting "to diversify their offense a bit"
There has been plenty of hype around Gerald Everett's performance this offseason at OTAs and minicamp. He's shown a heightened physical prowess and heading into his third year, could see an uptick in work with the Rams in 2019. If he can continue to separate himself from Tyler Higbee, Everett could be a steal at his current 19th-round ADP.
Sean McVay said Rams WR Cooper Kupp is making good progress and on pace to be ready to go for training camp.
In the seven games where Kupp played at least half the snaps, he averaged 5.7 catches for 81 yards and 0.86 touchdowns on 7.9 targets. That’s a 91-1294-13.7 pace. Fantasy-wise, that’s about what Adam Thielen scored as last year’s No. 7 receiver. Since entering the league, he has played at a high-end WR2 pace. It's good news that he's on track to be ready for camp.
Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he expected to see running back Todd Gurley back to his old form after a poor outing in the NFC Championship Game, but things didn’t quite turn out that way.
Gurley didn’t play much in the first half and wound up with 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch for a loss of one yard, which led to another round of questions after the game about whether his knee was bothering him. Gurley missed two games at the end of the regular season with a knee injury, but insisted he was fine after the win over the Saints and said the same in Atlanta after the 13-3 loss to the Patriots.
“I know there’s been a lot of concern about my knee but I really am fine,” Gurley said.
The story said Gurley had an MRI after Week 15 but it didn't turn up anything. Another story from Ian Rapoport said the Rams would like to bring back Anderson next year, so Gurley owners in keeper leagues may want to keep an eye on this situation throughout the offseason.
It's been a strange few weeks for Gurley and owners who were looking to play him at the end of the regular season in the fantasy playoffs, and even now in the NFL playoffs. Seems like the knee injury that kept him out at the end of the regular season lingered into the postseason, although the team and Gurley made it seem Gurley's lack of playing time was based on poor performance, at least against the Saints. Obviously Gurley close to full strength will be huge for the Rams in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein expects to play Sunday in Super Bowl LIII despite a left foot sprain.
NFL Network reported Monday that Zuerlein, the only known noteworthy injury on either team, made progress during the idle week since making the game-winning 57-yard field goal to help Los Angeles beat the Saints in the NFC Championship game. Zuerlein nailed that kick with the injury to his plant foot, which was incurred at halftime of the Rams’ win at New Orleans.
During the game, Fox said the Rams told the network there was “nothing physically wrong” with Todd Gurley. Fox asked because everyone was stunned that Gurley was sitting. Gurley had two big drops early, one that led to a Saints interception, but he’s still one of the Rams’ best players.
Sean McVay continued to say after the game that Anderson’s usage, and Gurley’s lack of snaps, was simply a coaching decision.
The story said Gurley played on 32 plays and Anderson 35, but it was Anderson who had 17 touches to Gurley's give. Gurley had a couple of drops but the switch to Anderson appeared to come before his second drop, according to reports. The most logical reason would be Gurley is just not 100-percent from his late-season knee injury. He'll have two weeks to get ready for the Super Bowl.