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One thing to remember about Gurley is his talent as a return man.  Elite vision.  Just has a great feel for how best to use his blockers.  It’s never more evident than on kickoffs, where as a return man he averaged a staggering 40 yards per return for his career at UGA.  Doesn’t even include 2 TD’s negated by bogus penalties.

In the playoffs, I’d put Gurley back there if he is feeling good

 

 

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This dude could have been on the Mt Rushmore of RB’s if not for completely avoidable injury he suffered vs Auburn.  
 

He was averaging 8.4 ypc his Junior year before the suspension...lol.  Clemson must have Gurley PTSD.   12 carries, 2 TD’s & 155 yards followed up with 15 carries, 3 TD’s & 200 yards

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1 hour ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

This dude could have been on the Mt Rushmore of RB’s if not for completely avoidable injury he suffered vs Auburn.  
 

He was averaging 8.4 ypc his Junior year before the suspension...lol.  Clemson must have Gurley PTSD.   12 carries, 2 TD’s & 155 yards followed up with 15 carries, 3 TD’s & 200 yards

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30 minutes ago, Jesus said:

Team has him for one season. Do you run him into the ground at every opportunity? Or protect what everyone worries about in his knee?

Truthfully I think that’s why the rams were cautious with him.  They had huge money invested to him so wanted to keep him fresh.  We on the other hand have him for one year, I’d run him often.  With Ito, and the rest giving him breathers.

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I would run Todd Gurley into the ground. But they won’t. Which will be a waste. In my opinion Todd Gurley was primarily brought to this team to fill the stands and sell tickets. Also this coaching staff/front office are taking an “all-in” or “win now” approach to this season. 
 

But to answer this question.... Zero, and I mean Zero percent chance he ever returns kicks in Atlanta. 

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The Falcons need Todd Gurley to be great at RB. We've got other options for return man. We can't be wasting Gurley's positive reps on kick returns when the rules are set up to make kick returns a negative value play. With the way rules are these days you're far better off just taking the ball at the 25. I don't have the numbers in front of me but I doubt very few teams averaged more than 25 yards per return in 2019.

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Let’s not lose the most important piece of info in this post. Gurley has vision. I hate UGA. Not as much as LSU, but WAY more than Auburn. 

That said, I love Gurley and WATCHED nearly every UGA game because of him back in his college years and enjoyed watching the Rams. Yes, I cheered for the RAMS when he played. The guy doesn’t play like a bruiser, even though he’s 230lbs or so. It’s his vision and stride. I doubt he ran a solid 4.5, but his game speed is insane. He’s a fluid runner with Snelling/Freeman vision. He makes every play interesting because you’re always looking for him.

That said. If you place Gurley back there with another returner, or have him in on any play. You make a defense nervous. You make a DC nervous. You have 3-4 receivers on the field. Heck Julio, Ridley, Hurst, and evening Gage or someone else and then Gurley and what do you do? Hurst is a match up guy, do you double him, Julio, or Ridley? Who covers Gurley? A CB, Safety, better think twice about matching Gurley with a LB.

The point of this post though, he has vision. He is versatile. He’s a threat. Does he have a knee issue? Yes. I still say we can get a good player in the UDFA or 7th round.

Just my two cents.

BTW...Najee Harris or bust 2021.

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10 hours ago, Jesus said:

Team has him for one season. Do you run him into the ground at every opportunity? Or protect what everyone worries about in his knee?

One year rental! Run him down like them mules in Afghanistan 

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8 hours ago, AUTiger7222 said:

The Falcons need Todd Gurley to be great at RB. We've got other options for return man. We can't be wasting Gurley's positive reps on kick returns when the rules are set up to make kick returns a negative value play. With the way rules are these days you're far better off just taking the ball at the 25. I don't have the numbers in front of me but I doubt very few teams averaged more than 25 yards per return in 2019.

Agree. Even if the league hadn't bastardized the kick-off return game to basically an automatic spot at the 25, there's no need to risk Gurley on returns when he's here for one reason ~ converting 3rd and short and carrying the ball for TD's from 5 yards in and closer.

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8 hours ago, AUTiger7222 said:

The Falcons need Todd Gurley to be great at RB. We've got other options for return man. We can't be wasting Gurley's positive reps on kick returns when the rules are set up to make kick returns a negative value play. With the way rules are these days you're far better off just taking the ball at the 25. I don't have the numbers in front of me but I doubt very few teams averaged more than 25 yards per return in 2019.

Good point.  It’s why I said only the playoffs if he is healthy and feeling good

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8 hours ago, Knight of God said:

Let’s not lose the most important piece of info in this post. Gurley has vision. I hate UGA. Not as much as LSU, but WAY more than Auburn. 

That said, I love Gurley and WATCHED nearly every UGA game because of him back in his college years and enjoyed watching the Rams. Yes, I cheered for the RAMS when he played. The guy doesn’t play like a bruiser, even though he’s 230lbs or so. It’s his vision and stride. I doubt he ran a solid 4.5, but his game speed is insane. He’s a fluid runner with Snelling/Freeman vision. He makes every play interesting because you’re always looking for him.

That said. If you place Gurley back there with another returner, or have him in on any play. You make a defense nervous. You make a DC nervous. You have 3-4 receivers on the field. Heck Julio, Ridley, Hurst, and evening Gage or someone else and then Gurley and what do you do? Hurst is a match up guy, do you double him, Julio, or Ridley? Who covers Gurley? A CB, Safety, better think twice about matching Gurley with a LB.

The point of this post though, he has vision. He is versatile. He’s a threat. Does he have a knee issue? Yes. I still say we can get a good player in the UDFA or 7th round.

Just my two cents.

BTW...Najee Harris or bust 2021.

Draft Jason Huntley as KO specialist makes too much sense.   Nice call

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1 hour ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

Draft Jason Huntley as KO specialist makes too much sense.   Nice call

IMHO Huntley will go undrafted  but I hope we sign him as an UDFA

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7 minutes ago, Osiruz said:

LOL Gurley aint returning no kicks my dude. 

I’m sure y’all are right.  Was just watching some of his UGA film and was shocked how good a returner he was.  40 yards per return over three years is shocking

To put it into perspective, Evan Berry is the all time ncaa career leader at 34 ypr.  Gurley just didn’t have the requisite 50 attempts to qualify

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