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Todd Gurley draws comparisons to Steven Jackson after signing with Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons are preparing to sign former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, according Jordan Schultz.

The Rams released Gurley a day before $10.5M was guaranteed.

The deal, which is reportedly a one year contract, won't be finalized until he passes a physical.

Some discussed whether or not Gurley would work as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. 

We now know that won’t come to fruition. 

The Falcons released starting running back Devonta Freeman earlier in the week and were in need of a running back. Gurley played at the University of Georgia, setting up somewhat of a homecoming.

Prior to Gurley’s release, the Falcons were reportedly making calls about a potential trade. 

Gurley is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro who was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

So, as the deal became public, people started drawing comparisons to former Falcons running back Steven Jackson. 

But, why?

At quick glance: Both are veteran running backs with a history of knee issues coming out of college and both played for the Rams before signing with the Falcons. 

Jackson, who played at Oregon State from 2001-03, was drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He spent nine seasons in St. Louis, where set a franchise record for most career rushing yards (10,138). 

 

His time in Atlanta did not go as many had hoped, after he failed to rush for 1,000 yards in 2013, the first time since his rookie season. He finished the year with 543 rushing yards on 157 attempts.

The key difference here is Gurley is five years younger. 

The risk for Atlanta is also lower because it is just a one-year deal. Should things not work out, then both parties can move on. 

Time will tell if Gurley can remain healthy and get back to the dual-threat numbers fantasy owners know and love.