The Facts: For the past five seasons, the Los Angeles Rams' offense ran through Todd Gurley. With Gurley gone, how will his massive workload be redistributed and who will take over? All options are on the table, according to HC Sean McVay as the Rams move into a post-Gurley era with a running back corps that includes Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson Jr. and Akers. "We feel we've got three really good backs," said McVay. "What does that mean in terms of the distribution of carries? I think that's to be determined based on how things play themselves out and when we get a chance to actually compete in practice and in those live opportunities."
Diehards Line:Following Gurley's release, Rams GM Les Snead pointed to the 49ers as a potential model to fashion their running back room. Under HC Kyle Shanahan last season, the 49ers distributed the ball relatively evenly among three backs, while reacting on a game-by-game basis as to who was running the ball especially well. "San Francisco does a good job identifying how they want to run the ball," Snead said. "Then you find players who can help you run the football the way you want to because not every running back is built the same and not every running scheme is the same. ..." Brown has long proven himself capable in any situation, but it seems most plausible the Rams will first turn to developing the young playmakers in whom they recently invested. Akers can run between the tackles and also is a developed pass catcher. "I bring a three-down, a four-down back if necessary," Akers said. "I'm somebody who can come in and be a game changer." Henderson has flashed bouncing outside the tackles. Last season, Henderson popped in sporadic opportunities but played 8 percent (93) of the offensive snaps. Nevertheless, McVay and quarterback Jared Goff have expressed confidence in his ability. Gurley's longtime backup, Brown experienced increased opportunity last season, particularly in the red zone. He rushed for a career-high 255 yards and scored a career-best five touchdowns despite spending two games sidelined because of an ankle injury. "We've seen what Malcolm can do, pretty consistently," Goff said. "He's always been a guy that's stepped in there when he's needed to and contributed at a consistent level." In five seasons, Brown has rushed for 769 yards and six touchdowns on 197 carries.