Lions lionsing about alert: Kicking the tires on Todd Gurley

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Todd Gurley would be a great fit for the Lions if they want the top pick in the draft, or if it were 2017.

Todd Gurley could be an awesome match for the Lions if they need the highest decide within the draft, or if it have been 2017.
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The Detroit Lions, who’re contending for the No. 1 general decide subsequent yr (sure, already), but fail to confess it, may usher in an getting older operating again with arthritis to switch one other different getting older operating again as a result of they couldn’t presumably fathom giving their younger, do-everything famous person operating again D’Andre Swift the LION’S (ba-dum-TISS) share of the work… as a result of Lions.

Sure, that Todd Gurley. The one which spent final season with the Atlanta Falcons and averaged solely 3.5 yards per keep on knees which are battling arthritis. Gurley is a tragic story — he was on high of the sport between 2017 and 2018, the place he had 2,093 scrimmage yards and 19 touchdowns in ’17, and 1,831 yards and 21 touchdowns in ’18. After coping with knee accidents, nonetheless, the wheels started to fall off. His lateral agility is shot, and he doesn’t provide a lot over any replacement-level operating again at this level in his profession. From 2018 to 2020, his yards per carry dropped from 4.9 to three.5. His 3.5 yards per carry final yr was fifth worst within the NFL amongst certified rushers (min. 100 carries). Ouch. At solely 26 years previous, his profession is trending within the unsuitable path.

The Lions signed Adrian Peterson off the road final yr after he was lower by the Washington Soccer Staff. The 36-year-old Peterson stuffed an honest position within the offence final yr, logging 604 dashing yards at 3.9 yards per carry. Nevertheless, it was the rookie second-round decide Swift who proved to have extra upside, each within the dashing assault and within the passing sport. Peterson is at present a free agent, so the Lions went out and signed Ja’Mall Williams from the Inexperienced Bay Packers.

Positive, that is sensible. If you happen to assume Peterson is gone in free company, I can perceive wanting extra depth. Clearly they need to cut up backfield carries right here, equally to how Williams was utilized in Inexperienced Bay alongside Aaron Jones. To most individuals, myself included, I felt like this backfield was executed and set for the season.

Then alongside comes this Gurley information, and actually my solely thought is — why? If you happen to’re searching for a depth operating again to provide you first rate however not excellent manufacturing behind Swift and Williams, why not simply signal Peterson again on a one-year contract? You’re going to get related manufacturing from the 2 of them at this level, and Peterson would undoubtedly price you much less.

It’s unhappy that we’ve come to this with Gurley, however you’d hope the man would a minimum of be capable to latch on with a contender, as an alternative of getting to scrape the barrel in Detroit this yr. 

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