KEY POINTS

  • Todd Gurley is looking for a new NFL team
  • Injuries have certainly slowed down his normal averages
  • The Baltimore Ravens are looking for a running back to replace Mark Ingram

Former Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley visited the Ravens last week in what looks to be a homecoming for the Baltimore native.

The 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year is coming off a down year with the Atlanta Falcons after spending the first five years of his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

He averaged a measly 3.5 yards per carry on a career-low 195 touches for 679 yards and nine touchdowns, clearly showing signs of wear and tear from his time with the Rams.

Prior to the Ravens, Gurley also went to Detroit to visit the Lions in hopes of finding the right place for him.

This is great news for the Ravens faithful as the release of veteran Mark Ingram in January has left a hole in the running back position.

Ingram missed four of the last five games in a show of faith by the front office in rookie back J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.

But now, the Ravens need that same level of veteran leadership to lead the way for their backfield heading into the 2021 NFL season.

As it stands, the Ravens currently have Dobbins, Edwards, Justice Hill, Ty’Son Williams, and an undrafted rookie in Nate McCrary as their backfield lineup going into training camp.

His visits to Detroit and Baltimore show a willingness to accept that veteran leadership role that will complement the younger and more potential-laden backs.

However, going to the Ravens would be in his best interests as he would not need to produce as much as he did with the Rams.

Baltimore boasts the best rushing game in the 2020 season with a total of 3,071 yards and averaging 191.9 yards per game.

With an offensive coordinator like Greg Roman, the rushing game will continue to play a steady role even if general manager Eric DeCosta was able to add Rashod Bateman to the receiver corps as another weapon for Lamar Jackson via the 27th pick in the 2021 draft.

Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 28, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Gurley’s knee injuries have certainly hampered his production, but with the Ravens, he’ll be able to lessen his workload and somehow finds a way to be a valuable asset to their offense.