The Atlanta Falcons made a big splash in free agency this offseason, when they were able to sign running back Todd Gurley, who most were surprised to see released from the Los Angeles Rams.
A healthy and ready Gurley should become the instant start Atlanta, but given his knee issues, the Falcons would be wise to add another player to their backfield. And Isaiah Crowell could be the perfect fit.
Many forget about Crowell, whose time with the Oakland Raiders included a season-ending injury before the season even began. Crowell is coming off a torn Achilles, but with the injury happening over a year ago, all indications point to him being healthy enough to make his NFL return.
Unfortunately, the process of signing Crowell is a bit difficult right now. He would need to undergo a strenuous physical in order to prove he is fully recovered. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt to most in-person activities, including visits and physicals.
Still, assuming Crowell passes his physical, he could be the perfect complement to Gurley. Crowell last averaged 4.8 yards per carry during his sole season with the New York Jets, in 2018. He is a physical ball carrier, running between the tackles and capable of picking up the conversion in short yardage. Gurley is a great pass-catching running back and will likely not do much, if any, goal-line heavy lifting, due to his knee issues.
While this would mean the Falcons feature two running backs with an injury history, their complementary skill sets could ease the load for each other, allowing them to play to the best of their abilities.
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