Todd Gurley: Rushing Into the Record Book

The St. Louis Rams selected running back Todd Gurley in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Just five games into his NFL career, Gurley is already making his mark in the NFL's record book.

"Todd is a special player," says Rams general manager Les Snead, who drafted Gurley with the 10th overall pick.

Since making his first career start in Week 4 at Arizona, Gurley has registered at least 125 rushing yards in four consecutive games. He is the first rookie in NFL history to rush for at least 125 yards in four games in a row.

"Guys like Todd come around once every 10 years," says St. Louis head coach JEFF FISHER. "Look at his explosion and change of direction, plus his football instincts. He loves football. He loves his teammates. That's what he's all about. He's about winning football games and trying to contribute."

A look at Gurley's first four career starts:


Date Week Opponent Att Yards Avg Long TDs
(Source: NFL)
10/4/154at Arizona191467.7520
10/11/155at Green Bay301595.3550
11/1/158San Francisco201336.771t1


"Todd Gurley is the premier player on that offense right now," says NFL Network analyst and former Pro Bowl running back La Dainian Tomlinson. "He's the feature guy that they lean on. He's a rookie and, after not starting the season, it's kind of shocking that already he is the main, feature guy for that offense. But it speaks to how far along he is in his development in terms of being an NFL running back. He's made this transition seamlessly and a lot of it has to do with obviously his size and speed combination, and also his vision and how smart he is as a football player. He's truly the next great three-down back -- not just running back. He can be a three-down back."

Gurley has rushed for 566 yards in his first four starts, the most by any player in his first four career starts since at least the 1970 merger.


Player Season Team Yards
(Source: NFL)
Todd Gurley2015St. Louis566
Billy Sims1980Detroit539
Arian Foster2009-10Houston525
Rudi Johnson2003Cincinnati517
Julius Jones2004Dallas517


"He can do it all," says NFL Network analyst DANIEL JEREMIAH about Gurley. "Look at everything he brings to the table. He's got size, power and consistency. I love his burst and the way he finishes runs. He's got the ability to run inside. He's got the ability to run outside. He can hit the home run. He changes the entire identity of the Rams football team and has taken them to being a potential postseason team."

In each of the past four games, Gurley has recorded a run of at least 45 yards. He is the first rookie in NFL history with a 45+ yard run in four consecutive games and only the second player ever to accomplish the feat in a season (STEVEN JACKSON, 2007).

"Todd Gurley is truly amazing," says NFL Network analyst and former Pro Bowl fullback MICHAEL ROBINSON. "He has the vision of a FRANK GORE. He has the explosion of an ADRIAN PETERSON. He's violent like MARSHAWN LYNCH. And he has the world class speed of CHRIS JOHNSON in his prime."

Gurley, despite rushing for only nine yards on six carries in his NFL debut (Week 3 versus Pittsburgh), has 575 rushing yards in his first five games to begin a career. In NFL history, only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (645) and ADRIAN PETERSON (607) rushed for more yards in a player's first five career games.


Player Season Team Yards
(Source: NFL)
Eric Dickerson1983Los Angeles Rams645
Adrian Peterson2007Minnesota607
Todd Gurley2015St. Louis575


Peterson and Gurley are the only players in NFL history with at least 100 rushing yards in four of their first five career games.

"Todd Gurley is the tone-setter for the Rams," says NFL Network analyst BUCKY BROOKS. "He's their version of Marshawn Lynch. He has given the Rams an identity. He's got the ability to run inside and outside and make big plays with those power runs. He gives them another level of physicality on their offense. Their offense is far more dynamic with Todd Gurley. I like what he brings to the table."

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